Program Overview | Master of Arts in New Testament
|Hours||54 (includes a Thesis)|
|Completion time||Typically 2-3 years (and no more than 7)|
|Scheduling Options||Weekly 3-hour classes M-Th;|
Bi-semester Weekend Courses;
Week-long Short Courses
The diversity of faculty and perspectives equips students across multiple methodologies. In classes, students should expect to engage in primary research using the tools of advanced languages and academic secondary work on the topic. In this regard, the program is engaging in the sort of literature and scholarship that would rival other top research programs in the United States.
Preparation for Doctoral Work
The program is designed to prepare students for a host of vocations. Some students use the knowledge and research skills they learn from the program to enhance their ministry. For these students, the exegetical skills are combined with sensitivity to teaching and preaching to non-academic groups–connecting research in the biblical text to the life of the church.
Other students complete the program as a way to prepare for doctoral work. The program is well-suited in this regard because it equips students with primary tools that can then be further developed in a doctoral program. Primarily, students learn ancient languages, are exposed to the primary and secondary works in the field, and learn to do constructive work. In constructive work, there is a history of students presenting papers at both Regional and National SBL meetings. Visit the "thesis" page to read more about how the thesis acts as an important teaching tool for students who want to develop their ability to contribute to scholarship.