As a student in this program, you’ll concentrate in one of four areas: New Testament, Old Testament, general Bible, or Biblical languages. The conceptual tools and skills you’ll learn as a student in this program will enable you to engage Scripture as a faithful exegete of God’s Word. You’ll come to know how God’s pursuit of Israel applies to the Church today. And you’ll see how the diversity of first-century Christianity was united in a mutual love for Jesus.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing doctoral work or you simply want to serve the Church, this degree will work for you. We’ve designed the curriculum with an optional master’s thesis. If the MA (Biblical Studies) is the last degree you’ll seek, you can skip the thesis and take a series of comprehensive exams instead. If you’re wanting to get a PhD, your professors will lean into that thesis with you, so that you’ll be prepared and energized for further study. And if you majored in Bible or a related field as an undergraduate, you can apply for advanced standing—which can cut as many as 18 hours out of your classwork.
At LCU, our goal is that you would graduate with a deeper and deepening understanding of all that God has done for us. We want you to look back and see that you made friends, mastered some amazing lessons, and found your passion. But, most importantly, we want to see that you learned to live on mission.