Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology (MA) Online Degree

Gain in-depth knowledge of biblical theology and develop a strong understanding of Scripture to enrich your vocational ministry and advance your career.

Powered by North Central University, the brand-new Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program at Jakes Divinity School will strengthen and deepen your understanding of Scripture for your personal fulfillment, vocational ministry, or pursuit of doctoral studies. 

Delivered 100% online with options for part-time enrollment, this graduate degree program will allow you to invest in your professional growth while you continue to work or fulfill your other commitments.

Upon completing this program, you will be able to analyze, interpret, and explain the meaning of Scripture. You will also be able to engage major themes within biblical scholarship from a Pentecostal/Renewalist perspective.

Expect to be academically challenged as you learn from a graduate faculty of experienced professionals and experts in their fields who are committed to helping you fulfill your long-term educational goals.

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Attend classes from anywhere through a 100% online degree
Complete your degree in 2-3 years and advance your career
Demonstrate your strategic leadership with a capstone thesis project
Be mentored by industry expert theologians, pastors, and leaders
Take advantage of career services through our partner school, NCU

Why an online biblical theology degree at Jakes Divinity School?

Dedicated to developing the next generation of aspiring Christian leaders, our Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program will strengthen and deepen your ministerial knowledge and expertise. 

This program exposes you to contemporary theological issues and challenges you to learn and think biblically, independently, and constructively. Course work integrates ethics, leadership, and practical ministry application to help you position yourself as an impactful leader in ministry. Achieve excellence through meaningful academic research in biblical studies, academic rigor, experiential learning, and creative innovation.

Conduct meaningful academic research in biblical theology vs. systematic theology. Develop your expertise in Old Testament theology and produce an academic thesis that makes a distinctive contribution following the conventions of biblical scholarship

Receive the theological education you need from forward-thinking faculty members and experience a deeply reflective education. Learn from extensive ministry experience and the application of biblical and systematic theology so you can become an effective and confident Christian leader.

Earn a fully accredited biblical theology master’s degree from an online divinity school powered by one of the world’s most prestigious universities. North Central University (NCU) is consistently ranked as one of the Top 25 Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest region and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Maximize your opportunity to meet and collaborate online with students from across the nation and around the world. Gain important skills and share professional interests while cultivating a diverse network in the faith community.

Attend the JDS spring and fall residencies and gain access to exclusive information and resources for your graduate program. Learn new studies in biblical theology from industry and ministry experts and collaborate and network with other JDS students, faculty, and staff.

We continuously find ways to help ease the financial burden of obtaining advanced education for our students. Join our graduate program and attend one of the most accessible online divinity schools, receiving high-quality education at an affordable price.

Take advantage of our Career Services through our partner school, NCU. Career Services aims to support you in career development as you identify and pursue your calling. You will receive resume assistance, workshops, and counseling during your career development stage.

Be inspired and spiritually enriched by JDS founder and chancellor Bishop T.D. Jakes as he shares his knowledge of biblical theology, and his wisdom and experience through online master classes delivered via Zoom. 

What can you do with a Biblical Theology Master’s Degree?

JDS pairs leadership skills with academic rigor to provide you with broader career options and empower you to make a positive impact in the world. Equipped with a master’s degree in biblical theology, you can take on larger roles in both the church and the marketplace, or prepare for a doctoral degree. Through JDS’s new studies in biblical theology you will gain the deep knowledge and biblical understanding you need to pursue your spiritual calling.

With the JDS MA in Biblical Theology, you can become: 

  • Archeologists
  • Chaplains
  • Counselors
  • Directors of Christian and Nonprofit organizations
  • Evangelists
  • Missionaries
  • Pastors
  • Teachers/Professors
  • Theologians
  • Writers/Editors

Programs related to the MA in Biblical Theology

You may also be interested in the following graduate programs.

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Review the admissions requirements and take the next step toward earning your master’s degree in Biblical Theology. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-866-85-MYJDS (1-866-856-9537) or email

Available Financing Options

Put your JDS within reach by applying for federal loans, grants, and/or scholarships. Submit the FAFSA using School Code: 002369 North Central University

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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:

1.Please start by submitting your online application: Online application

2. Submit official high school and college transcripts

All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:

      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        North Central University
        Attn: NCU Admissions
        910 Elliot Ave
        Minneapolis, MN 55404

Electronic transcripts can be sent to:  (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).

*Unofficial transcripts may be sent directly to and can be used for review contingent upon official transcripts arriving prior to the start of class.

3. Submit Resume

Please provide a detailed resume and email it to “JDS Applicant Resume – (Your first and last name here)”.

If you have any questions, you may contact Nyesha Thompson at 469-315-1198 or via email:


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


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  • $650 per credit hour
  • 36 units
  • Technology fee: $200 per semester
  • Graduate Program Fee: $200 per semester

Estimated tuition costs based on 2022-2023 tuition rates.

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