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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) Degree Program

Develop a strong biblical foundation and prepare for various forms of ministry or further studies with the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. You’ll receive an advanced understanding of the Old and New Testament with emphasis on the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. Building on our long-standing commitment to and respect for the original language, the M.A. in Biblical Studies will challenge you go deeper into God’s Word through exegesis courses in the original languages.

Typical Student

M.A. in Biblical Studies students are typically interested in pursuing doctoral work, for which this degree is excellent preparation. Others are full-time pastors, bi-vocational pastors or non-ordained staff seeking to increase their ministry effectiveness in the church, workplace or other vocations.

Potential Careers

  • Doctoral studies
  • Missions
  • Campus ministry
  • Para-church ministry
  • Church ministry
  • Teaching in Christian education

Program Distinctives

  • Embodiment of the institution’s commitment to the original text and biblical languages
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium

Program Details

  • Degree requirements
  • Completion time: 2 years of full-time study (may span longer if pursued part-time)

Spotlight Alum

“At Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte, I was able to customize almost every class I took to prepare me well for doctoral studies. The weekend format was ideal for a stay-at-home mom who needed to chip away at a degree little by little in the midst of a very full life. I will always be grateful for the quality of the education I received at Gordon-Conwell and the way it prepared me to embrace my calling to teaching ministry.”

Carmen Imes, MABS ‘11
Ph.D. Student in Biblical Theology, Wheaton College | Wheaton, IL

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