Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition)

The Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition) prepares those who He has blessed with a deep love of His word for ministry work in various church settings. Through a challenging curriculum you will learn to read, analyze, and interpret Scripture effectively. In so doing, you’ll bring the world closer to God, and grower closer to Him yourself.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text and to trace key themes in Scripture
  • Methods of communicating biblical truth with the goal of life transformation
  • Effective ways to discuss the teaching of individual Bible books in detail
  • Tools and techniques for communicating cross-culturally

Program Length 

Depending on your academic background, this 78-credit-hour program will take about three 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 ministry.

  • Senior, associate, or local-church-teaching pastor
  • Conference speaker
  • Itinerant evangelist
  • Ph.D. studies
  • Bible institute professor
  • Bible translator

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 (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
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 to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation
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
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 6710 Short Term Counseling: Theories and Practice 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217 Focused Internship I 1.5
INT 6218 Focused Internship II 1.5
Alternate Biblical Language 1-3 9
HOM 7411 Advanced Biblical Preaching or 3
RES 7961 Bible and Theology Integrative Seminar 3

One course from BIB, GRE, or HEB*

*Students who did not complete 30 hours of Bible and Theology in their undergraduate studies must choose either BIB 6320 or BIB 6330.


Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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