Master of Theology in Biblical Languages


The Master of Theology in Biblical Languages is a 126 semester hour program.  Upon completion of the first 92 hours, the student will be eligible to receive a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition.  Upon completion of the remaining hours, the student will receive a Master of Theology in Biblical Languages.  The Th.M. in Biblical Languages requires 40 semester hours of coursework in New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew.  The program is a rigorous program designed for students who desire to receive a well-rounded Bible education in preparation for the ministry and for the ATS Doctor of Theology program.  The Th.M. in Biblical Languages provides training in Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Theological Research.

The basic language work consists of four core courses in New Testament Greek and of four core courses in Biblical Hebrew.  The core courses progress from basic grammar to syntax to intermediate translation.  After completing the eight core language courses in Greek and Hebrew, the student will be required to pass the Biblical Languages Exit Exams. Once the Exit Exams have been passed, students will progress to advanced directed translation courses in each language, which will require approximately 900 to 1,000 lines of text per course.

The Th.M. requires students to complete a 20,000 to 30,000 word Master’s Thesis upon an ATS approved topic.  Students will submit their topic for approval during the third year of coursework if the suggested timetable is followed.  The thesis requirements may be waived if the student enrolls into the ATS Th.D. program in either New Testament or Old Testament field of study and completes at least six semester hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better.

The Th.M. (Biblical Languages) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program.  Most students will complete the program in approximately four to five years.

Total tuition fees:

$3,500.00

Payment Plan A:
$500.00 down and $150.00 per month for a total of $3,500.00


Payment Plan B:
Discounted Advance Payment Cost—$3,000.00 with no additional tuition payments ($500.00 savings)

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 Th.M. (Biblical Language) Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies                                                                                                                                  (39 Semester Hours)      

BSOT5000 Old Testament Introduction James Gibson 3
BSOT5500 Pentateuch Scott Osattin, Th.M. 3
BSOT5700 Northern Kingdom Byron Nichols, Th.M. 3
OTBB6855 Isaiah (Part I) John Nocera 3
OTBB6866 Isaiah (Part II) John Nocera 3
OTBB6865 Daniel John Nocera 3
BSNT5000 New Testament Introduction Stephen Rost, Th.M. 3
NTBB6103 Gospel of John Jimmy Hayes 3
NTBB6515 Romans Jimmy Hayes 3
NTBB6516 I Corinthians Andrew Spurgeon 3
NTBB6527 Ephesians Jimmy Hayes 3
NTBB6525 Prison Epistles Bryan Anderson 3
NTBB6450 Revelation John Nocera 3

Biblical Languages                                                                                                                           (40 Semester Hours)

OTHB5000 Biblical Hebrew I: Grammar J.L. Hayes 3
OTHB5010 Biblical Hebrew II: Grammar J.L. Hayes 3
OTHB5100 Biblical Hebrew III: Syntax TBA 3
OTHB5110 Biblical Hebrew IV: Exegesis TBA 3
HBEX6000 Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam* Program Advisor 0
OTHB6000 Hebrew Readings: History Advisor 2
OTHB6010 Hebrew Readings: Pentateuch Advisor 2
OTHB6020 Hebrew Readings: Poetry Advisor 2
OTHB6025 Hebrew Readings: Prophecy Advisor 2
NTGR5000 NT Greek I: Grammar J.L. Hayes 3
NTGR5010 NT Greek II: Grammar J.L. Hayes 3
NTGR5100 NT Greek III: Syntax TBA 3
NTGR5110 NT Greek IV: Exegesis TBA 3
GREX6000 NT Greek Exit Exam* Program Advisor 0
NTGR6000 Greek Readings: Gospels Advisor 2
NTGR6010 Greek Readings: Acts/Epistles Advisor 2
NTGR6100 Greek Readings: Synoptic Gosp  Advisor 2
NTGR6500 Hebrew/Greek Readgs: HB/LXX Advisor 2

Pastoral Ministry                                                                                                              (20 Semester Hours)

PCPM6150 Pastoral Counseling Ed Fleming 3
PCPM6100 Premarital Counseling Daniel Moore 3
PCPM6075 Bereavement Counseling Jimmy Hayes 3
MNEV5000 Evangelism in the Local Church Richard Fulton 3
MNEP5000 Sermon Preparation Advisor 2
MNEP5010 Expository Preaching Advisor 2
MNPR5000 Ministry Practicum I Advisor 2
MNPR5010 Ministry Practicum II Advisor 2

Theology                                                                                                                              (12 Semester Hours)

THEO6370 Doctrine of Salvation Gino Cascieri 3
MNPM5270 Dispensational Hermeneutics J.B. Hixson 3
THEO6850 Olivet Discourse J.B. Hixson 3
THEO6400 Bibliology J.L. Hayes 3

Research                                                                                                                              (15 Semester Hours)

THRS5000 Graduate Research & Writing Advisor 3
THRS6000 Theological Research I Advisor 3
THRS6010 Theological Research II Advisor 3
THRS6100 Thesis Research / Proposal Program Advisor 0
GRTH6999 Thesis Program Advisor 6

Biblical Language Exit Exams

* The Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam:  All candidates for the Th.M. degree must successfully pass the Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam with a mark of “B” or better.  Students are allowed up to three hours to complete the exam.  The BHEE consists of reading four Old Testament passages in Hebrew, each approximately 35 lines long in the BHS Hebrew Bible.  The student will translate each passage and answer a variety of questions concerning the grammar, syntax, and content of each passage. The student will complete the exam within one semester of passing Biblical Hebrew IV with a grade of “C” or better.

* The NT Greek Exit Exam: All candidates for Th.M.  degree must successfully pass the NT Greek Exit Exam with a mark of “B” or better.  Students are allowed up to three hours to complete the exam.  The NGEE consists of reading four New Testament passages in Greek, each approximately 35 lines long in the Greek New Testament (Textus Receptus: Trinitarian Bible Society).  The student will translate each passage and answer a variety of questions concerning the grammar, syntax, and content of each passage.  The student will complete the exam within one semester of completing NT Greek IV with a grade of “C” or better.

A Note on Biblical Languages Exit Exams:  If a student fails to pass either one or both of the exit exams, he shall receive a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition.


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