Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology is designed for ministers and laypersons who want to improve their academic understanding of Scripture for personal fulfillment, increased effectiveness in vocational ministry, or as a preparation for further graduate study. Upon completing this program, the graduate will be able to analyze, interpret, and explain the meaning of Scripture; engage major themes within biblical scholarship from a Pentecostal/Renewalist perspective; conduct meaningful academic research in biblical studies; and produce an academic thesis that makes a distinctive contribution and follows the conventions of biblical scholarship. This is a fully accredited program through our partnership school North Central University.

All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

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Courses

Take courses that will lead to an expansive biblical understanding, such as:

» Old Testament & New Testament History and Theology

» Biblical Greek & Hebrew

» History of Biblical Scholarship

» Renewal History and Theology

» Theological Interpretations of Scripture

Entrance Requirements

Students wishing to take courses and/or matriculate into the graduate program must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must demonstrate a willingness to subscribe to the ideals and patterns of life and conduct of Jakes Divinity School and the North Central University community, as outlined in the “Christian Community Life Standards” and adopted by NCU’s Board of Regents.
  2. They will have a bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants holding degrees from nationally, professionally, or specialized accredited institutions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may need to fulfill additional requirements as assigned by the program director or a designee. International students must have their transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service approved by the university and submitted directly to the admissions office. Students who are in the final semester of their program may be accepted with approval from the program director or designee.

Regular Entrance Requirements

For regular graduate admissions the completed application packet will include:

Application form
Application fee ($75) – see below One essay articulating the following:

  1. Statement of intention
  2. Concrete professional/personal goals relating to choice of program (professional growth plan)
  3. Professional resumé
  4. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions One Graduate Admission Reference form from employer or professor addressing potential for success in the graduate program.
  • If cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, at least one of the following as an indicator of academic ability:
  • Academic essay
    GRE or GMAT scores at or above the 50th percentile, which conform to the standards of validity of each testing service (Scores are usually valid for 5 years from the testing date.) Students admitted under this status may expect to take a reduced course load, meet with their adviser at least twice a semester, and be required to engage the services of the Student Success Center. These conditions terminate upon successfully completing the first semester.

Master of Arts in Biblical Theology FAQs

The purpose of the Master of Art in Biblical Theology degree is to equip you with a deep Scriptural understanding necessary for your success in churches, academics, or further graduate studies. The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology is designed for ministers and laypersons who want to improve their academic understanding of Scripture for personal fulfillment, increased effectiveness in vocational ministry, or as a preparation for further graduate study.

Upon completing this program, the graduate will be able to analyze, interpret, and explain the meaning of Scripture; engage major themes within biblical scholarship from a Pentecostal/Renewalist perspective; conduct meaningful academic research in biblical studies; and produce an academic thesis that makes a distinctive contribution and follows the conventions of biblical scholarship. This is a fully accredited program through our partnership school North Central University.

Graduates Become:

  • Pastor
  • Archeologist
  • Theologian
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Chaplain

  • Writer/Editor
  • Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist
  • Director of a Christian nonprofit organization

Costs

  • $550 per credit hour
  • 36 units
  • Technology fee: $200 per semester
  • Graduate Program Fee: $200 per semester

Estimated tuition costs based on 2020-2021 tuition rates.

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