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The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies offers lay-leaders or ministers an opportunity to focus their attention specifically on biblical and theological content for the purpose of better teaching and serving the church in their context. Often people express interest in furthering their biblical/theological education, but are not interested in long degrees, such as the MDiv. This 30-hour degree is not intended as a precursor for any other degree.

Course Format

The MABTS is offered via three delivery modes: classroom, online, or students can mix delivery modes through our blended format.


  • Each week, students view 2-3 hours of video content (delivered via video streaming online)
  • Once a week, students meet with the professor in an interactive online session (via webcam)
  • Students may take one to four courses per term, based on their own needs and schedule


  • Traditional seated classroom setting
  • Occurs at the Anderson University main campus
  • Specifically daytime classes

Required Courses 

Introduction to the Old Testament

CHR501. Introduction to the Old Testament is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in the English Bible, including the Pentateuch, the historical books, the Prophets and Writings in the Old Testament, with an examination of critical, historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues.

Introduction to the New Testament

CHR502. Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the materials available for studying the life and teachings of Jesus, the transmission of the gospel traditions in the early church, the teachings of Jesus, the main events in Jesus’ life, and a study of the Acts to Revelation in the framework of the history of the early church.

Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis

CHR503. Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis is a study of the history of the formation of the biblical canon and development of the English Bible, the goal of biblical interpretation, the presuppositions involved in the interpretation, the means of arriving at the meaning of an ancient text along with its present-day implications, and the application of those principles to biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching. Students will learn to exegete texts using various tools, including electronic resources.

Christianity Theology

CHR504. Christianity Theology Christian Theology is a study of the major doctrines in Christian theology, including: creation, the image of God, human nature and original sin, the doctrine of God, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.

History of Christianity

CHR535. History of Christianity Church History is an introduction to the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the present. Emphasis is placed on the central historical figures, movements, and theological issues, with attention given to their importance for Christian ministry today.