To earn a degree, students must complete the curriculum and meet other requirements for a degree listed in the academic policy section of this catalog.
The purpose of graduate biblical studies is to, (1) strengthen professional knowledge and skills, (2) increase ability to perform independent study and traditional research skills, (3) attain excellence in ministry skills, and (4) increase knowledge of biblical texts and related subject areas.
Graduate students at the university conduct research, read widely and critically in primary and secondary materials, and function as professionals displaying ethical and moral behavior patterned after the teachings of Jesus. The Master of Arts [Biblical Interpretation] is an online degree and may only be pursued by students who hold a baccalaureate degree in biblical studies, ministry, missions or a related field approved by the director of graduate biblical studies. If students choose to pursue this degree without the appropriate undergraduate degree, they must meet leveling requirements identified by the department of biblical studies and approved by the director of graduate biblical studies. Students in the Master of Science in Family Ministry, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, and Master of Divinity must take at least 33% of their hours in hybrid formats.