The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Bible and Theology is for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture and theology in order to contribute to their occupation and life experience. The degree program explores the nature and character of Reformed Hermeneutics, English Bible, Systematic theology, and Church History. The M.A. (Bible and Theology) is a program that will benefit a wide range of people – teachers, business leaders, professionals, church workers and many others who seek to enrich their spiritual lives, understanding of the Christian faith and leadership potential.
To apply to the M.A. program you need to have a B.A. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college with a grade-point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. Your pre-seminary education should include one course each in English, literature, philosophy and speech and two each in history, natural science, and social science.
In some cases, you may meet admission requirements through courses offered at CTS. You should be aware that your M.A. program will be enhanced by more elective choices if all admission requirements are completed in college.
M.A. (Bible and Theology) Program
- Gateway to Seminary: An Introduction to Interpreting and Communicating the Bible (1)
- Digital Bible Tools (1)
- Mentored Ministry Groups (4)
- Bible Survey (3)*
- Christian Engagement with World Religions (3)
- Church in Historical Context I (3)
- Church in Historical Context II (3)
- Two of the following three: Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions (3)*, Systematic Theology I (3), Systematic Theology II (3)
- Two Old Testament courses (6)
- Two New Testament courses (6)
- Apologetics (2)
- Ethics and the Christian Life (3)
- Electives in any area (8)
- Oral Comprehensive Exam
*courses with possibility for advanced standing
You may be able to gain advanced placement for prior study, knowledge or experience in Bible and Theology. Advanced standing means that you have gained competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below.
To view competency requirements, obtain Study Guides and learn more about advanced standing you may go to the Registrar’s Office page.
- Biblical Survey
- Christian Theology and Reformed Confessions
Student competence is demonstrated by way of a written exam and evaluated by faculty. If granted, advanced placement reduces the number of Calvin Seminary credit hours needed to complete one’s degree and can open doors to specialized coursework.
Additionally, a student whose undergraduate major was in Biblical Studies, Religion or Theology may be able to complete the degree in one year of full-time study.