Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

This degree is designed for teachers, missionaries, and church workers holding Bible college degrees who sense the need for a year of spiritual and mental refreshment and a deeper study of the Scriptures.

• It increases students’ knowledge of the Bible.
• It enhances their ability to use the study tools so they can do exegesis in both Testaments.
• It raises their confidence in their ability to do research and to trust the validity of their findings.
• It increases their ability to teach at the upper levels.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree, students should be able to
• demonstrate an increased knowledge of the content of the Bible;
• demonstrate an increased knowledge of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible;
• display a love for the Scriptures and a confidence that they are true;
• exposit both the Old Testament and New Testament using appropriate resources;
• conduct acceptable research in the field of Biblical studies at the master’s level by accurately summarizing, appropriately organizing, and insightfully critiquing the conclusions of others; and
• teach the Bible effectively to people.

Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and theology at the undergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission will be granted to the M.A. in Biblical Studies program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is expected in one’s undergraduate work. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 acceptable graduate credits into this program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the M.A. in Biblical Studies program must have completed all courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have completed all requirements pertaining to the degree program. This program requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must be in Biblical Studies. In addition to completing all classroom work and degree program requirements, the candidate must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christian character, and definiteness of purpose to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A. by Module and Online Courses
Students may complete the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree in residence, or they may complete the degree without relocating to the Ankeny area by taking only module and online courses. After completing 9 credits, module/online students must apply to a degree program and be assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to the degree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits toward the degree. Therefore, students should apply to the degree program when or before they reach the nine-credit limit.


B-RE 802 Hermeneutics 

2 hrs.

B-RE 811 Old Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity

 2 hrs.

T-SY 841 Theology Seminar**

  3 hrs.

T-SY 882 Theological Research

 1 hr.

Electives (7 in Biblical Studies)

17 hrs.


Total 36 hrs.

Required courses make up 11 hours of Biblical Studies. Therefore, 7 hours must be chosen from other courses in the Biblical Studies Department in order to bring themajor field credits to 18.

*This course is not required for those with at least one year of Greek or Hebrew in college orseminary. In such cases, an additional Biblical Studies elective is substituted.
**Not required if taking T-SY 811, 812, 821, and 822.








Faith Pulpit Day

March 30

This year's Faith Pulpit Day will focus on exposition in theology, preaching, and counseling.

Faith Missions Conference

March 30-April 3

Finish My Work is the theme of this year's Missions Conference.

Spring Instrumental Concert

April 10

Join us for a concert of sacred and classical music presented by the Faith Community Orchestra and Handbells.

Student Leadership Summit

April 16-18

Evangelist Will Galkin and Dr. Paul Hartog will help teens confront their culture rather than conform to it.

Chorale Concert at IRBC

April 18

The Chorale will present a special concert at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for people in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Commencement Weekend

May 7, 8

Find a full schedule of the 2015 commencement weekend events.