2018-2019 University Catalog

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)


The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) is a two-year program offering a specialization in biblical studies and exegesis with a concentration in Old Testament (OT) or New Testament (NT). The program emphasizes competency in the original languages (Greek or Hebrew) and research methods related to biblical interpretation. The student will successfully produce and defend scholarly biblical research projects.

Vocational Options

The MA(BS) degree enhances student preparation for a variety of vocational directions:

  • preparation for further graduate and/or doctoral studies;
  • teaching Bible in Christian primary and secondary schools;
  • Christian writing ministries;
  • campus ministry and parachurch organizations; and
  • intercultural and global missions.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the MABS program, students will be able to:

  • Know the general content of the Bible
    • Able to articulate the major themes, characters, and material in the biblical text
    • Have ready awareness by memory of major matters of biblical information
  • Understand and competently use sound interpretive methods for the various genres of biblical literature
  • Access and interact critically with major scholarly resources in biblical studies
  • Translate and exegete accurately Hebrew or Greek biblical texts
  • Utilize critical research skills to produce and present (to peers and mentors) major advanced level exegetical (or biblical theological) research projects


  1. Must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 32 semester hours of general studies, including such courses as English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology, from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada or the equivalent.
  2. Must hold a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale).
  3. See the Admission & Financial Information section of the catalog for information about other admission requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all general graduation requirements as listed earlier in this section.
  2. Complete required program credits with at least 24 credits earned at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  4. Normally, complete the program within four years from the date of matriculation.