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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

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Study Scripture in its original languages and be prepared as a servant leader for a lifetime of ministry in this 36-hour degree.

  • 2 years

    EXPECTED DEGREE DURATION

  • 36

    TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

Why choose the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Degree at OCC?

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a 36-hour academic degree that prepares servant leaders for a lifetime of ministry by training them in rigorous study of Scripture in its original languages. Students will complete a master’s thesis for this degree.

This program serves as a foundation for teaching the Bible in the church and other ministry settings, and it prepares students for postgraduate work in biblical studies and theology.

High Quality Education

For over 80 years, OCC has trained men and women for Christian service through deep biblical study. We believe that ministry principles grounded in Scripture provide profound cultural agility regardless of your kingdom calling.

Personal Transformation

Education, at its best, is a process of discipleship, and discipleship, according to Scripture (Galatians 2:20), is the process of transforming you into the hands and feet of Jesus.

Spirit-Centered Community

When you join the master’s program at OCC, you are partnering with God’s Spirit by connecting with Christ’s community represented by fellow kingdom workers across the world.

Who is this degree for?

Anyone called to or entrusted with directly engaging God’s Word to shape God’s people into Christ’s image, especially:

· Discipleship Pastors
· Senior Ministers
· Associate Ministers
· Student Ministers
· Small Groups Pastors

Those without a Bible college undergraduate degree are encouraged to pursue this degree program.

Featured Degree Courses

  • Greek Basics

    An introduction to the basics of the Greek language, with focus on using the language in a ministry setting. In using examples from the Greek New Testament, the course is designed to prepare students to use the basics of the language in interpreting Scripture (e.g., grammar, syntax, the meaning of words, etc.). NT 6501 is a continuation of this course.

  • Greek NT Exegesis

    By building on NT 5501, this course will emphasize using the Greek New Testament in the exegetical process. Students will develop a method for using the Greek text, English translations, and other appropriate tools to understand the context, grammar, syntax, word meanings, theology, and contemporary meaning of New Testament texts. Attention will be given to how to use the New Testament in preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: NT 5501 or Greek proficiency.

  • Hebrew Basics

    An introduction to the basics of the Hebrew language, with focus on using the language in a ministry setting. In using examples from the Hebrew Old Testament, the course is designed to prepare students to use the basics of the language in interpreting Scripture (e.g., grammar, syntax, the meaning of words, etc.). OT 6501 is a continuation of this course.

  • Hebrew OT Exegesis

    By building on OT 5501, this course will emphasize using the Hebrew Old Testament in the exegetical process. Students will develop a method for using the Hebrew text, English translations, and other appropriate tools to understand the context, grammar, syntax, word meanings, theology, and contemporary meaning of Old Testament texts. Attention will be given to how to use the Old Testament in preaching and teaching. Prerequisite: OT 5501 or Hebrew proficiency.

  • Graduate Research and Writing

    This course will prepare students for their thesis by developing their skills in academic writing. Attention will be given to assessing and improving the quality of one’s research and writing, becoming well-versed in relevant scholarly conversations, and making a meaningful contribution to their specific field of study.

  • Thesis

    A guided study where students propose, write, and defend a central thesis in the area of Biblical Studies. Students will utilize learned skills in research and writing to interact with scholarly conversations through summarization, critique, and contribution. Prerequisite: RW 6201 Graduate and Writing (as well as 60% of degree completed). 

Program and Concentration Outcomes

  • Students will be able to…

    1. Interpret a biblical text from its original language (Greek or Hebrew).

    2. Integrate historical, literary, canonical, and theological insights in biblical interpretation.

    3. Employ appropriate research methodologies in biblical scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will teach my class?

    Just like in our undergraduate program, Ozark’s master’s program faculty set us apart. You’ll learn from practitioner professors—men and women with hands-on experience in their fields—in a distinctively Christ-centered community.

  • How much is tuition?

    Each graduate credit hour at OCC is $490 plus fees.

  • Are there scholarships available for graduate students?

    Yes! You can find all of our scholarship information here. And fill out your FAFSA with Ozark's code, 015569.

  • Is OCC accredited?

    Yes, Ozark Christian College holds dual accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

  • What is OCC’s statement of beliefs?

    You can view our full statement of beliefs here.

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