The online Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program offers specializations in biblical interpretation focused on New Testament studies. As an online student, you will engage in hands-on learning as you translate and exegete Greek biblical texts, explore themes throughout Scripture, outline key figures and events, reflect on theological contributions of biblical books, and refine your interpretive techniques. Graduates will produce, present, and defend an advanced-level research project. Students will acquire advanced skills and knowledge to enhance their work in church ministry, parachurch organizations, intercultural and global missions, or further study.

Ways to study

Online | On-campus

Program emphasis

New Testament

Course plan


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Experience a Community-oriented, Discussion-based Education

You are invited to experience a discussion-centered learning model that fosters connections with your peers and learn from dedicated faculty with experience in the field. You will have the convenience to work from anywhere, and you won’t miss out on the benefits of dialogue with your class. At Multnomah, our students are at the heart of everything we do, and you will see the difference in your learning community and connections with professors.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

An introduction to the basics of New Testament Greek (Koine) covering the basics of word formation, grammar, and syntax, systematically preparing the student for reading the Greek NT.

Translation and exegesis of Galatians or Ephesians with close attention to Greek syntax and wording, the author’s argument and flow of thought, use of Greek and NT resources, and outlining a biblical theology of the book.

This course provides an overview and practice in the basic steps of doing an independent, in-depth study of the Bible. It provides guidelines for approaching different literary categories of Scripture and features an emphasis on students’ hands-on practice of applying these various methods.

A study of the Gospels and Acts and the message of the book of Revelation within the broader context of apocalyptic genre and Old Testament imagery. Course addresses the message and themes of each book, basic study methods for each relevant genre, and critical issues related to the interpretation of these books.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree.

Course Layout

Program Emphasis

New Testament

The New Testament concentration focuses on the Greek language and the development of skills using original language tools. (The Old Testament concentration is not yet available due to the ongoing development of online Hebrew courses.)

Career Placement

As a graduate of the Biblical Studies program, you will be well-equipped for careers in churches, nonprofits, and all types of businesses.

Our graduates are enriched by the knowledge, critical thinking, and mentoring that prepares them for a broad spectrum of career interests or pursuing more education.

Here is what some of our MABS graduates are doing:

• Pastor • Pastoral/Church Staff • Social Worker
• Instructor • High School Teacher • Missionary
• Bible Translation • Nonprofit Worker