Master of Arts

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Philosophy Practical Ministry Electives
49 $621 Show Unit Breakdown for Concentrations
Bible Exposition 0 0 18
New Testament 0 0 11
Old Testament 0 0 6
Philosophy 30 0 0
Spiritual Formation 0 0 0
Theology (Greek Track) 0 0 9
Theology (Non-Greek Track) 0 0 15

Featured Faculty

Victor S Rhee

Victor S Rhee


The mission of the Master of Arts program is to produce biblically, theologically, and spiritually discerning Christian thinkers who can serve the body of Christ in lay, parachurch or academic ministries. The Master of Arts program provides both a general biblical, theological, and spiritual foundation for reflection and a specialized focus on a discipline crucial to fulfilling Talbot’s mission and from which students can serve or go on for advanced study.

The degree has been developed for those whose calling to Christian service is to positions of leadership for which the Master of Divinity or other professional degrees are not normally required.


MA Program Structure

The academic programs leading to the degree Master of Arts with concentrations in Bible Exposition, Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Philosophy of Religion & Ethics and Spiritual Formation are comprised of 49 credits structured in common to include:

  • Biblical and theological foundations.
  • Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
  • Academic specialization in one of four disciplines requiring biblical language studies, or general studies in which biblical languages are not required.
  • Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.

Learning Outcomes

Biblical Integration

Graduates will be able to integrate a sound understanding of Scripture with the contents of their respective emphasized academic disciplines.

Biblical Doctrine

Graduates will be able to explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective.

Spiritual Formation

Graduates will be able to demonstrate an integrative understanding of spiritual theology and formation such that the student can:

  1. Explain the basic elements of spiritual theology, namely, the nature, process, and practices of spiritual growth; 
  2. Demonstrate how knowledge of self integrates with knowledge of God in one’s own life; 
  3. Demonstrate relational skills that develop community; 
  4. Articulate how the biblical teaching on vocation shapes one’s own understanding of vocation and gainful employment.

Research and Writing

Graduates will be able to perform and report research in their respective disciplines at a level sufficient to begin a doctoral program.

Admissions Requirements

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  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete 49 semester units as outlined in the curriculum charts.

  • At least 24 of the total units required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing, Reduction and transfer credit are not considered residency units.

  • Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a “C-” in all courses to be credited toward graduation.

  • Complete the entire program in no more than five years.

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