Master of Biblical Studies in Old Testament

The Master of Biblical Studies in Old Testament is a 65 semester hour program. The MBS (Old Testament) requires 20 semester hours of language work in Biblical Hebrew.  The program is a stimulating program, challenging the student to grasp a thorough working knowledge of the Hebrew 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 Old Testament books, Biblical Hebrew, key theological doctrines, and research.

The basic language work consists of four core courses in Biblical Hebrew.  The courses progress from basic grammar to syntax to intermediate translation.  After completing the four core Hebrew courses, the student is required to pass the Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam. (See “Degree Requirements” below).  Once the Exit Exams have been passed with a “C” or better, students will progress to advanced directed translation courses in Biblical Hebrew, with each course requiring translation of over 900 lines of text per course.

The MBS (Old Testament) degree does not require a Master’s Thesis.  Instead, students’ critical thinking and writing skills will be developed through two Theological Research courses and assignments throughout the required curriculum.

The MBS (Old Testament) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program.  Most students will complete the program in three years.

Total tuition fees:


Payment Plan A:
$250.00 down and $100.00 per month for a total of $2,000.00

Payment Plan B:
Discounted Advance Payment Cost—$1,500.00 with no additional tuition payments ($500.00 savings)

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MBS (Old Testament) Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies                                                                                                                  24 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
NTBB6515 Romans Jimmy Hayes 3

Biblical Languages                                                                                                           20 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: Pentateuch Advisor 2
OTHB6010 Hebrew Readings: History Advisor 2
OTHB6020 Hebrew Readings: Poetry Advisor 2
OTHB6025 Hebrew Readings: Prophecy 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                                                                                                                                              9 Semester Hours

THRS5000 Graduate Research & Writing Advisor 3
THRS6000 Theological Research I Advisor 3
THRS6010 Theological Research II Advisor 3

Biblical Language Exit Exams

The Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam:  All candidates for the M.B.S. (Old Testament) degree must successfully pass the Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam with a mark of “C” 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.

A Note on the Biblical Hebrew Exit Exam:  If a student fails to pass the Hebrew Exit Exam with a “C” or better, he shall receive a Master of Ministry in Biblical Exposition.


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