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Master of Arts in Old Testament (MAOT) Degree Program

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

Hamilton Campus

Typical Student

M.A. in Old Testament students are typically interested in pursuing doctoral work, for which this degree is excellent preparation. Some may choose to earn a dual degree with Biblical Languages or New Testament to enhance their preparedness for further studies. If you are interested in Bible translation, teaching or other related ministries, the M.A. in Old Testament will prepare you well by equipping you with essential exegetical and hermeneutical skills using the original languages.

Potential Careers

  • Doctoral studies in the Old Testament
  • Bible translation
  • Teaching in Christian education

Program Distinctives

  • Embodiment of the institution’s commitment to the original text and biblical languages
  • Exegesis courses taught in Hebrew and Aramaic to thoroughly integrate Old Testament language with Old Testament studies
  • Rigorous courses range from in-depth language study to a survey of other disciplines, providing students with a holistic theological education
  • Thesis track option per invitation by a faculty member
  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Institute

Program Details

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Charlotte Campus

Typical Student

M.A. in Old Testament students are typically interested in pursuing doctoral work, for which this degree is excellent preparation. Some may choose to earn a dual degree with Biblical Studies or New Testament to enhance their preparedness for further studies. If you are interested in Bible translation, teaching or other related ministries, the M.A. in Old Testament will prepare you well by equipping you with essential exegetical and hermeneutical skills using the original languages.

Potential Careers

  • Doctoral studies in the Old Testament
  • Bible translation
  • Teaching in Christian education

Program Distinctives

  • Embodiment of the institution’s commitment to the original text and biblical languages
  • Exegesis courses taught in Hebrew and Aramaic to thoroughly integrate Old Testament language with Old Testament studies
  • 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)

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Spotlight Alum

“The faculty and staff at Gordon-Conwell modeled humble, faithful Christian scholarship in the service of Christ's Church. They did not simply teach their students—they loved and cared for them, too. Many of the relationship that started in the early 1990s continue to sustain me in my own vocational calling.”

Miles Van Pelt, MAOT ‘94
Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages; Director, Summer Institute for Biblical Languages; Academic Dean | Reformed Theological Seminary | Jackson, MS