48 Credit Hours


The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) program is a research-intensive graduate program designed for those who desire to enhance their preaching or teaching of the Bible. Graduates will be prepared to teach Bible and Theology at a college or Christian University or serve as leaders in a ministry. Those who earn an MABS will be able to pursue a language-based research PhD.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate an in-depth understanding of selected books of the Bible
  • Demonstrate a competence in the exegesis of the Hebrew and Greek biblical texts
  • Learn to interpret the Bible consistently with a literal, grammatical, contextual, and historical hermeneutic
  • Explain the tenets of Bible Doctrine and evaluate theological trends of major significance
  • Formulate an analysis and evaluation of graduate-level research on a biblical or theological subject by composing a paper using clear English and standard procedures
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of of the content and critical issues in the Old and New Testaments from a conservative perspective

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Autobiographical essay giving testimony of salvation and reason for applying to the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Read and sign the Student Doctrinal Statement and the Standards of Behavior statement
  • Read and agree to respect the Faculty Doctrinal Statement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Degree Requirements

  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is five years.
  • A minimum of 50% of the required credit hours must be completed at CU.
  • Up to 50% of the required credit hours can be transferred.
  • Graduation is contingent upon the completion of 48 hours of prescribed courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, passing all courses in the curriculum, and having a C or better in professional core courses.


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