Master of Biblical Studies in New Testament


Program Overview

The Master of Biblical Studies in New Testament is a 65 semester hour program. The MBS (New Testament) requires 20 semester hours of language work in New Testament Greek. The program is an exciting program, challenging the student to grasp a thorough working knowledge of the Greek language. As the practical ministry aspects have been removed, this program is designed primarily for those who are seeking to enhance their teaching and writing skills under the umbrella of the church. Students will receive training in key New Testament books, New Testament Greek, key theological doctrines, and research.

The basic language work consists of four core courses in New Testament Greek. The courses progress from basic grammar to syntax to intermediate translation. After completing the four core NT Greek courses, the student is required to pass the NT Greek Exit Exam. (See “Degree Requirements” below). Once the Exit Exams have been passed with a “B” or better, students will progress to advanced directed translation courses in NT Greek and Septuagint Greek, with each course requiring translation of over 600 lines of text per course.

The MBS (New Testament) degree does not require a master’s thesis. Instead, students’ critical thinking and writing skills will be developed through assignments throughout the required curriculum.

The MBS (New Testament) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program. Students are required to maintain a 2.50 GPA in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies 21 Semester Hours

BSOT5000 Old Testament Introduction    Dr. James Gibson          3 ONLINE
BSNT5000 New Testament Introduction    Mr. Stephen Rost, Th.M.   3 ONLINE
NTBB6515 Romans                        Dr. Jimmy Hayes           3 ONLINE
NTBB6516 I Corinthians                 Dr. Andrew Spurgeon       3 ONLINE
NTBB6527 Ephesians                     Dr. Jimmy Hayes           3
NTBB6525 Prison Epistles               Dr. Bryan Anderson        3 ONLINE
NTBB6450 Revelation                    Dr. John Nocera           3

Biblical Languages 20 Semester Hours

NTGR5000 NT Greek I: Grammar           Chris McCallister         3 ONLINE
NTGR5010 NT Greek II: Grammar          Chris McCallister         3 ONLINE
NTGR5100 NT Greek III: Syntax          Dr. Andrew Carr           3 ONLINE
NTGR5110 NT Greek IV: Exegesis         Dr. Andrew Carr           3 ONLINE
GREX6000 NT Greek Exit Exam*           Program Advisor           0
NTGR6000 Greek Readings: Gospels       Advisor                   2
NTGR6010 Greek Readings: Epistles      Advisor                   2
NTGR6100 Greek Readings: Acts          Advisor                   2
NTGR6500 Greek Readings: LXX           Advisor                   2

Theology 12 Semester Hours

THEO6370 Doctrine of Salvation        Dr. Gino Cascieri          3
BSIN5000 Dispensational Hermeneutics  Dr. J.B. Hixson            3 ONLINE
THEO6850 Olivet Discourse             Dr. J.B. Hixson            3 ONLINE
THEO6400 Bibliology                   Dr. J.L. Hayes, Advisor    3

Ministry & Research 12 Semester Hours

MNEP5000 Expository Preaching         Dr. Soloman Patrick        3 ONLINE
THRS5000 Graduate Research & Writing  Advisor/Independent Study  3
THRS6000 Theological Research I       Advisor                    3
THRS6010 Theological Research II      Advisor                    3

NT Greek Exit Exam: All candidates for the MBS (New Testament) degree must successfully pass NT Greek Exit Exam with a “B” or better. Students are allowed up to three hours to complete the exam. The NGEE consists of reading four NT passages in Greek, each approximately 35 lines long (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 successfully completing Greek IV with a grade of “B” or better.

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