Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree offered by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to prepare students for the eventual pursuit of a Doctoral degree in Biblical Studies. Students can complete this degree in an online or hybrid format. Students can either choose a broad based degree in Biblical Languages or for an emphasis in Old Testament and Hebrew, New Testament and Greek, or Biblical Backgrounds. Students should have the equivalent of 3 hours of the following: Introductory Greek Grammar, Introductory Hebrew Grammar, Exploring the Old Testament, Exploring the New Testament, and Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. ]

There are some admissions requirements for enrollment in this program. A student should have earned a baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from an institution that is accredited by a regional accreditation agency. Prospective students must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a grade of “B” or above in Biblical Studies.

This program requires its students to take and complete 53 to 56 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. The requirements are broken down as follows: Biblical Studies, Theological and Historical Studies, Ministry Studies, a Concentration core, free electives, and a thesis. The basic Ministerial competencies include courses such as: Encountering the Biblical World, Greek Exegesis, Hebrew Exegesis, Systematic Theology I and II, Baptist Heritage, Spiritual Formation I and II, Christian Ethics, History of Christianity: Early - Medieval, and History of Christianity: Reformation - Modern. A student can choose from New Testament and Greek, Old Testament and Hebrew, Biblical Languages, or Biblical Backgrounds as their concentration core. All of these require a student to complete 9 credit hours of courses. Students are required to write a thesis of 75 to 100 pages in Turabian style.

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    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a private, not-for-profit, four-year school in Louisiana that is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The seminary was founded in 1917 by an act of the Southern Baptist Convention. Upon founding, the school was named the New Orleans Seminary and it was the first theological institution to be created by direct action of the Southern Baptist Convention. After enrollment growth and academic expansion into the area of graduate studies, the school was renamed to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1946. The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is "to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries."

    NOBTS offers degrees and certificates at all levels from associate's to doctoral in subjects related to ministry, theology, and education. In addition to studying on campus, NOBTS students may study at any of the school’s 17 extension centers, scattered across the Southeast, as well as online. The seminary offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates fully online.

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