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Master of Arts in

Biblical Studies

Master of Arts in
Biblical Studies (MABS)
60 units

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The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) program provides graduate-level curriculum that is designed for persons seeking a thorough biblical and theological understanding of the Old and New Testaments. By offering 12 units of electives as part of the curriculum, the MABS program allows students to focus on a particular area of interest. This program includes the preparation of a research thesis that should correspond to the students’ area of interest related to biblical and theological studies. The program can be completed in about two years if students take 9-12 units each trimester.

PURPOSE
The MABS degree is primarily designed to prepare students for:

1. Church or para-church ministries where a well-developed understanding of the Old and New Testaments is required;
2. An advanced level of biblical and theological understanding to apply toward vocational Christian ministry;
3. Future exegetical or theological studies which require a strong foundation in biblical studies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Program students will be able to:

1. Interpret the content of the Old and New Testaments utilizing a literal-grammatical-historical hermeneutic;
2. Demonstrate a graduate-level proficiency in theological research and writing;
3. Explain the foundational theological doctrines of the Christian faith;
4. Expound Biblical truths in a variety of settings;
5. Integrate biblical knowledge for spiritual growth, discipleship in vocational ministry; and
6. Provide leadership in a variety of ministry contexts inside and outside of the local church.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Each candidate for the MABS degree must meet the general graduation requirements and complete 60 units of graduate-level courses of which no more than 12 units can be transferred from another institution.

1. Complete 60 units of graduate-level courses.
2. Complete a minimum of 48 units at SCS. Students are urged to follow the recommended curriculum to prevent scheduling conflicts later on.
3. Prepare a thesis in the student’s chosen area of concentration that reflects a graduate-level of research and writing.
4. Complete the program curriculum with no less than a 2.0 GPA.
5. Submit a petition to graduate to the Registrar by the deadline in the Academic Calendar.
6. Settle all financial obligations to SCS.
7. Be recommended by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity.

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Degrees that get you where you want to go

Southern California Seminary is more than just another Bible seminary, offering generic degrees in Ministry and Theology. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of biblical study and truth. Our distinctives cumulatively make our institution unique among biblical seminaries in a day and age where the Word of God is not taken at face value, and core doctrines are being diluted.

You have goals. Southern California Seminary can help you achieve them. Do you need a bachelor’s degree to help fulfill God’s call on your life? Do you need a master’s or doctoral degree to take the next step in your ministry or career? SCS has a program—either Online or On-Campus—designed to renew your mind and deepen your faith in Jesus Christ.

 SCS is seeking students with a hunger for learning about God and a desire to dig deeper into the Bible. From your first visit until your graduation, we will strive to support you in your spiritual growth, and prepare you to minister in the 21st century.

MA Biblical Studies
Core Curriculum

BIBLICAL STUDIES – 27 UNITS
BH-501 Hermeneutics
HI-505 Church History and Canonicity (trimester)
OT-511 Old Testament 1: Genesis–Judges
OT-512 Old Testament 2: Ruth−Song of Solomon
OT-513 Old Testament 3: Prophets
NT-506 Gospels and Acts
NT-507 Pauline Epistles and Hebrews
NT-512 General Epistles and Revelation
NT-601 Analysis of Romans

THEOLOGY & CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY – 15 UNITS
PH-501 Critical Thinking and Argumentation
PH-503 History of Philosophy and Worldviews
PH-505 Apologetics and Christian Evidences
PH-507 Christian Ethics and Leadership
TH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology

RESEARCH AND THESIS- 6 UNITS
RS-501 Graduate Research and Writing
RS-791 Thesis Writing (two trimesters)

ELECTIVES OR AREA OF CONCENTRATION – 12 UNITS
Elective 1: _______________
Elective 2: _______________
Elective 3: _______________
Elective 4: _______________

CONCENTRATIONS

This concentration is designed to enable students for the task of conducting biblical exegesis in the Greek New Testament which will be foundational for the study of theology and other disciplines and ministry practices.

BL-501 Elementary Greek 1 (Trimester)
BL-502 Elementary Greek 2 (Trimester)
BL-601 Intermediate Greek 1 (Trimester)
BL-602 Intermediate Greek 2 (Trimester)

This concentration is designed to enable students for the task of conducting biblical exegesis in the Hebrew Old Testament which will be foundational for the study of theology and other disciplines and ministry practices.

BL-551 Elementary Hebrew 1 (Trimester)
BL-552 Elementary Hebrew 2 (Trimester)
BL-651 Intermediate Hebrew 1 (Trimester)
BL-652 Intermediate Hebrew 2 (Trimester)

This concentration is designed to equip students to defend the Christian faith in a rational manner in two major areas: scientific and philosophical apologetics.

PH-501 Critical Thinking and Argumentation
HI-505 Church History and Canonicity (Trimester)
SR-555 Creation and Evolution: The Bible, Science, and Worldviews
RE-607 Christianity and World Religions

This concentration is designed to help students for an effective ministry in the local church and parachurch setting by enabling them to articulate their Christian faith biblically and systematically.

TH-611 Theology 1: Theology Proper, Bibliology, and Angelology
TH-612 Theology 2: Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology
TH-613 Theology 3: Christology, and Pneumatology
TH-614 Theology 4: Ecclesiology, and Eschatology

Our Distinctives

Southern California Seminary is more than just another Bible seminary — more than just another Christian College or Christian University. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of biblical study and truth. Our distinctives cumulatively make our institution unique among biblical seminaries in a day and age where the Word of God is not taken at face value, and core doctrines are being diluted.

Our Mission

Southern California Seminary’s mission is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills—all at modest tuition.

Our Purpose

Southern California Seminary is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book – the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah, SCS offers the highest quality of biblical education with a tuition that is refreshingly affordable.

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