Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

This program of study facilitates an advanced understanding of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on exegesis using advanced hermeneutics and various exegetical resources.

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

The M.A.B.S. facilitates academic preparation for preaching, teaching, Bible-based ministry, and further graduate studies. Students will learn fundamentals of biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as advanced skills in biblical research and writing. A master’s thesis (written project) is required at the culmination of this degree.

 

Program Objectives

  • Understand the basic content and themes of the Word of God, to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Understand the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate effective biblical exegesis using advanced hermeneutic techniques and exegetical tools such as foundational Hebrew and Greek as well as online & bibliographic resources.
  • Show advanced skills for research that is exegetical, qualitative and/or quantitative for global biblical leadership an any Christian ministry context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The M.A.B.S. degree requires 13 courses (or 39 credit hours), which can be completed within 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Graduate Tuition Rate = $280 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,630

Semesters 2 - 4

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,620

* This is per semester.

Semester 5

Tuition for 1 course: $840
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $940

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $11,580

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MBIB 501New Testament Introduction3
MBIB 502Old Testament Introduction3
MBIB 503Advanced Hermeneutics3
MBIB 504Advanced Theology I3
MBIB 505Advanced Theology II3
MBIB 506Biblical Greek I3
MBIB 507Biblical Hebrew I3
MBIB 601Historical Biblical Leaders3
MBIB 602Biblical Issues for Leadership3
MBIB 603New Testament Exegesis3
MBIB 604Old Testament Exegesis3
MBIB 620Culminating Project I3
MBIB 621Culminating Project II3
MBIB 622Culminating Project III (as needed)1
Total Credit Hours:39

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of GCD’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by GCD’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Jeff’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Jeff leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“The local church is the hope of the world and Grace College of Divinity is effectively training those who will lead the cause of the church to pursue their mission with reverence, wisdom and excellence.”

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69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

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