MA Biblical Studies Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 11, 2020
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Understand the Mysteries of the Bible by Earning a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies

Our master’s in biblical studies degree online will provide you with a detailed look at the various books of the Bible in order to create a well-rounded framework for biblical language study. By earning your Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree online, you will receive in-depth knowledge of the Old and New Testament and an understanding of integral biblical foundations. Our biblical studies master’s degree is designed to promote strong research skills and a high level of understanding of the Bible for our students.

With an average timeframe of just 2 years to complete, our master’s degree in biblical studies is a great choice for students who wish to further their knowledge of the Bible, serve as global missionaries, become biblical scholars, or provide higher education instruction. Each of the courses within our master’s in biblical studies degree online builds upon a core focus of research. This is accomplished by providing courses that hone in on the various hermeneutics of the Bible.

Our program also provides opportunities for exploration of the Old and New Testament, Greek syntax, and Hebrew syntax and exegesis. This makes it an ideal degree for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.


Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards. So you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Our Master’s in Biblical Studies Degree Online

Liberty University strives to continually improve and promote student success. We not only want to provide students enrolled in our master’s in biblical studies degree with a foundational understanding of the Bible’s Old and New Testaments but also provide students with the opportunity to read the Bible in its original form in the Greek and Hebrew languages. By pursuing this degree, you can gain a better understanding of the importance of the definitions of words in other languages and how they translate into English versions of the Bible.

Benefits of Earning a Master’s in Biblical Studies Degree

  • Increase your job opportunities in religious organizations after completing our master’s in biblical studies online degree.
  • Learn from experienced professors in the field of biblical studies.
  • Transfer in up to 30 credit hours — including up to 50% of your major — from another accredited college.
  • Liberty’s online ministry master’s degrees have received’s Best Online Master’s in Ministry award for 2019.
  • Unlike many bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Biblical Studies Degree Online?

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to help you interpret biblical passages using advanced research skills and original biblical languages. Through exciting bible classes, you will have the opportunity to create an original research thesis covering a current biblical studies topic as you examine major critical issues in the Old and New Testaments from an evangelical perspective.

With a master’s in biblical studies degree online, you can gain insight into the Bible, grow in your relationship with Christ, and prepare to use your degree in your career and ministry!

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Highlights of Our Online Master’s in Biblical Studies Degree Online

  • By earning your online Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for our master’s in biblical studies degree has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other schools have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Students enrolled in our biblical studies master’s program will have access to a wide variety of resources through Liberty’s research portal.
  • Liberty graduates are frequently sought after by prestigious organizations for their integrity, personal discipline, and versatility.

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Master’s in Biblical Studies Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour for part-time
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 per semester for students taking 9-15 credits — only $165/credit at 15 credit hours*
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the biblical studies degree are charged at the part-time rate.

Potential Career Options in the Field of Biblical Studies

After completing the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies online degree, you will have the opportunity to pursue a career in numerous areas of ministry, a few being:

  • Author
  • Global ministry missionary
  • Higher education instruction
  • Researcher

This degree also prepares you to pursue a doctoral program such as our Doctor of Ministry or Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics.

Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Divinity Programs

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Divinity questionnaire
  • Pastoral recommender contact information
  • Official college transcripts if available
  • Unofficial college transcripts can be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.