Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.)

Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses 1
APOL 500Introduction to Apologetics3
NBST 515New Testament Orientation I3
NBST 520New Testament Orientation II3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
OBST 515Old Testament Orientation I3
OBST 520Old Testament Orientation II3
OBST 680New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes3
or NBST 680 New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes
RTCH 500Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 23
Total Hours24

Should an entering student have a Biblical Studies background, the Core Courses could be substituted with NBST, OBST, NGRK, or OTCL Electives


RTCH 500 Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation (3 c.h.) is required to be taken within the first two semesters for all students

Biblical Languages
NGRK 520Beginning Greek I3
NGRK 525Beginning Greek II3
NGRK 620Greek Syntax3
OTCL 520Beginning Hebrew I3
OTCL 525Beginning Hebrew II3
OTCL 640Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis3
Total Hours18
Elective Courses
Choose 12 credit hours of the following:12
Life of Christ
The Corinthian Correspondence
Pastoral Epistles
I and II Peter
Apologetics and the New Testament
Greek Exegesis: Galatians
Greek Exegesis Ephesians
Greek Exegesis: Philippians
Greek Exegesis: Colossians
New Testament Textual Criticism
Apologetics and the Old Testament
Creation, Cosmology and Genesis
Job-Song of Songs and Lamentations
Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets
Biblical Aramaic
Total Hours12
Thesis Courses
RTCH 680Research Methods3
THES 690Thesis Defense 13
Total Hours6

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in THES 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.) after completing RTCH 680 Research Methods (3 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to take THES 689 Thesis Project Proposal and Research (3 c.h.) Thesis Proposal & Research, and may be required to repeat THES 689 Thesis Project Proposal and Research (3 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in THES 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than 2 grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

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