MAR Biblical Studies

MAR Biblical Studies Concentration: 54 hrs.

(Please also note the description and outcomes of the MAR degrees on the “Degree Description: MAR” page)

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Students with extensive undergraduate work in theology or ministry programs may be eligible to shorten the duration of their 54 hour MAR degree by as many as 18 hours, thereby allowing degree completion with as few as 36 total credit hours.

Introductory Requirements (18 hours)
BSEG 510 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation or equivalent (3 hrs)
BSHB/BSGK 510/511 Biblical Hebrew 1 & 2 or NT Greek 1 & 2 (6 hrs)
PMIN 520 Fundamentals of Biblical Communication (3 hrs)
DOCT 500 Basic Theology (3 hrs)
HIST 530 History of the Restoration Movement or equivalent (3 hrs)

Shortened Duration Exemption:
Students with extensive undergraduate work in theology or ministry programs may be eligible to shorten the duration of their 54 hour MAR degree by as many as 18 hours, thereby allowing degree completion with as few as 36 total credit hours.

Degree Core Requirements (33 hours)
BSEG 500 Introduction to Biblical Studies* (3 hrs)
BSEG 600 Issues in Biblical Interpretation (3 hrs)
BSHB/BSGK 600s Hebrew and/or Greek Exegesis (6 hrs)
BSNT 600 Issues in NT Criticism (3 hrs)
BSOT 600 Issues in OT Criticism (3 hrs)
PMIN502 Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)
BSCS/BSNT/BSOT/BSEG Electives (12 hrs)

*If a student has already taken the equivalent of this course—either a specific course, or a prior degree in biblical or theological studies—then the student may take a biblical studies elective in its place: BSOT, BSNT, BSCS, BSGK, BSHB.

Research Component (3 hours)
Research requirements may be met in one of two ways:

(1) Thesis (BSNT/BSOT/BSCS 799): Write a thesis based on research for three hours of credit. The student must follow the deadlines and procedures outlined in the “Thesis” form, which is available from the Seminary receptionist. (3 hrs)
(2) CERP: Designate three credit hours of coursework in the field of concentration as a CERP course and write and extensive research paper. The student must follow the deadlines and procedures outlined in the CERP form, which is available from the Seminary receptionist. (3 hrs)