Master of Arts (Religion)

The Master of Arts (Religion) is a two year (36 semester hours) program of studies that focuses on the core fields of study of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Historical Studies.

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Who Is It For?

The Master of Arts (Religion) program allows the student to prepare for several ministerial opportunities. The program is available for those who are planning to function in the following non-ministerial vocations:

  • Bible Expositor
  • Educator
  • Theologian
  • Church Historian

Goals for This Degree

Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts (Religion) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes.
  • Understand and communicate biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.

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  • Master of Arts (Religion) Requirements (36 Hours)

    Fields of emphasis provide opportunity for students to complete studies in the fields of Biblical Studies and Theological-Historical Studies. The curriculum requires 12 hours of Theological-Historical Studies, 12 hours of Biblical Studies, 3 hours of applied theology, and 9 hours of electives.

    The candidate for the Master of Arts (Religion) must earn a minimum of twenty-one (21) semester hours through BMA Seminary. Up to fifteen (15) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts (Religion) degree.

    All courses taken must be 500-600 level.


    Biblical Studies (12 Hours)

    • OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
    • OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
    • NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II
    • NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I


    Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)

    • TH 511 Systematic Theology I
    • TH 512 Systematic Theology II
    • CH 511 General Church History I
    • CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage


    Church Ministries (3 Hours)

    • PM 517 Theology of Disciple-Making
    Students may substitute PM 514 & EV 512 for PM 517 and one elective.


    Electives (9 hours)

    • Elective in Biblical or Theological-Historical Studies
    • Elective in Biblical or Theological-Historical Studies
    • Elective in Biblical or Theological-Historical Studies


    Comprehensive Program Exam