Master of Arts in Bible Exposition

Those whom God has blessed with a deep love of His word—those who want to read, analyze, and interpret Scripture—will be at home in the Bible Exposition master’s program. Through a challenging curriculum you will learn to bring the world closer to God, and grower closer to Him yourself, through writing about, teaching, and ministering Scripture.

What You’ll Learn

  • Interpret Scripture in its original languages through direct interaction with the text.
  • Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text and trace key themes in Scripture.
  • Communicate biblical truth with the goal of life transformation.
  • Discuss the teaching of individual Bible books in detail and contextualize them to a variety of cultures.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, two years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered both on campus and online, so you can choose the delivery format that works best for your schedule and learning style.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Bible Exposition students come from all professions and walks of life, seeking to enhance their relationship with God. The degree teaches critical writing, reading, and linguistic competencies that enrich the skills you bring with you to the program, as well as open doors to careers in teaching, ministry, and research and writing.

  • Academic Careers: Teaching at colleges, seminaries, and universities; academic research and Ph.D. work; Bible translator
  • Church & Ministry Work: Serving as a pastor or associate pastor, itinerant speaker, or as a campus or parachurch ministry professional
  • Missionary: Work cross-culturally both in the US and abroad to help communities and draw people closer to God through communicating Scripture

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide expert academic advising
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Program 1 Course of Study (48 credit hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Bible and Theology 21
BIB 5112 Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts and Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentrations 18
Choose four courses from BIB, GRE, HEB, or HOM 12
HOM 6300 Foundations of Biblical Preaching or 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217-18 Focused Internships I and II 3

Program 2 Course of Study (33 credit hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Mission and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
Choose five courses from among BIB, GRE, HEB, HIS, or THE 15
RES 7961 Bible and Theology Integrative Seminar 3
Open Electives 6

Admission Requirements

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