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Biblical Studies

Master of Arts

Available completely online


The Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion is committed to the authority of Scripture and the careful exegesis of the Word of God. Anyone who desires to better understand the Bible and theology can benefit from an MA in biblical studies.

We will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to more effectively serve in whatever position the Lord has placed you, whether it’s in full-time ministry or as a layperson in your church.

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The master of arts program in biblical studies is designed for students who desire a broad, flexible program without sacrificing quality. Your studies will include theology, foundational subjects such as hermeneutics and church history, and ministry applications.

You will learn from experienced faculty who believe in the authority of Scripture and who have a heart for ministry.

The program provides a flexible learning environment for those who are unable to attend traditional in-residence classes but who wish to further their professional abilities as pastors, youth pastors, counselors, missionaries, teachers in Christian schools and lay leaders in local churches. And you can complete this program entirely online—no residency is required.


The majority of of our faculty possess terminal degrees and are experts in the courses they teach. Among them, they are experienced as pastors, church leaders, missionaries, church planters and writers. They are dedicated to the authority of Scripture and the proper exegesis of biblical texts.

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You can take courses from the convenience of your home. Online classes are designed to be flexible and yet structured. A qualified faculty member will set assignment deadlines and monitor your progress throughout the course, but you’ll be able to listen to the lectures according to your own schedule. Throughout the course you’ll be expected to interact with both the faculty member and other students. Each course lasts 6-8 weeks, so you should be able to work a full-time job and still complete an online course.

LOGOS Software

You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details

Career Support

BJU’s Career Services office helps both students and alumni through career advising, resume preparation, job-search assistance, recruitment conferences and more.

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David Schaaf, ’12

Taking these classes has been the most rewarding thing I could have done for my ministry and for the Lord’s body of believers here. The classes were extremely challenging and stretched me way past what I thought possible. The overriding emphasis on biblical theology has shifted my view of Scripture, which in turn affects my personal study and preaching.

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Dan Mangum, ’13

I wanted a program that would teach me to better understand and use the Bible while also helping me learn how to more effectively help people. The MA in biblical studies fits perfectly with what I wanted. I have often described the program to friends as a “humanities in Bible” because it covers such a broad range of studies.

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Ruth Shumate, ’14

Isn’t seminary for pastors and missionaries!? Well, yes … but no. Pastors can’t do the work alone. They need well-trained lay people to help shoulder the tasks of teaching and counseling. I am thankful for the wide variety of classes in the program, which have adequately prepared me for my current teaching job.

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Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Articulate and defend Christian doctrine in an organized fashion.
  • Analyze and critique theories that challenge the divine origin and inerrancy of Scripture.
  • Exposit Scripture using principles of sound biblical interpretation.

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