The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies offers a general program of studies in biblical interpretation and Christian theology. It is designed primarily as a degree for students who seek an in-depth knowledge of the Bible in order to strengthen their Christian service as ordained and non-ordained leaders in local congregations, parachurch organizations and mission agencies. It is not intended for those who plan to pursue formal academic studies at the doctoral level, and knowledge of the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—is not required. Students have the option of selecting between two tracks: Biblical Studies or Theological Studies.

Program Director, Professor of Theology, Marc Cortez
Program Coordinator, Jeremy Lundgren
Professor of Old Testament, Andrew Abernethy
Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy, M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)
Professor of Theology, Keith Johnson
Professor of Theology, George Kalantzis
Associate Professor of New Testament, Esau McCaulley
Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Jennifer Powell McNutt
Associate Professor of New Testament, Carlos Sosa Siliezar
Adjunct Professors, Seth Ehorn, Nathan LeMahieu, Joshua Maurer, Joel Ruark, Chris Vlachos

The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies requires the completion of 36 hours. The degree requires:

Core Courses - required for all tracks:
BITH 533Exploring the Old Testament4
or BITH 638 Old Testament Theology
BITH 555Exploring the New Testament4
or BITH 648 New Testament Theology
BITH 565Christian Theology4
BITH 566Foundations for Biblical Interpretation4
BITH 578Global Church History4
Choose one of the following tracks (Bible, Theology, or General Track):
Bible Track Courses:
BITH 536Old Testament Book Studies from the English Text4
BITH 546New Testament Book Studies from the English Text4
BITH 557Marginalized Voices in Old Testament Studies4
Theology Track Courses:
BITH 675Advanced Systematic Theology4
BITH 676Seminar Systematic Theology2,4
Elective: Any grad-level BTS course4
General Track Courses:
All electives chosen for the general track must receive approval from the program director. Electives must be taken from courses that are available to School of BTS students, and will be taken from courses available at the time the student is in the program. Not all courses are available to remote students.
Capstone Elements - required for all tracks:
BITH 689Biblical and Theological Studies Capstone Seminar4
BITH 692Graduate Comprehensive Exam0
Total Credits36