Best Online Master’s in Biblical Studies

Find top-ranked online master’s in biblical studies degree programs to prepare students to become professors, theologians, chaplains, and more.

Best Online Master’s in Biblical Studies

Frequently Asked Questions About Biblical Studies Degrees

Why should I get a master’s in biblical studies?

If you want to improve your leadership skills, dive into the scriptures with greater depth, and find ways to channel your faith into a career, pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies may be a good option. This degree path comes in a variety forms and focuses, allowing students to select an option that best suits their educational and career goals.

With classes available online and in person, this advanced degree is perfect for working professionals who may need more flexibility.

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How long does it take to get a master’s in biblical studies?

Programs range from about 36-60 required credits and can take between two and four years to complete.

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What courses will I take?

Students will take advanced courses covering topics like Christian theology, teaching the Bible, and biblical interpretation.

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What can I do with a master’s in biblical studies?

A master’s in biblical studies helps prepare students to become professors, theologians, chaplains, and more.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in religious studies.

Best Online Master's in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online biblical studies master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Dallas Theological Seminary

    #379 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    2K

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Biola University

    #788 institution's historical influence
    #1377 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/24

    La Mirada, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Bible Exposition
    • Required Credits: 49
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Andrews University

    #823 institution's historical influence
    #241 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Berrien Springs, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Religious Education

    Concentrations

    • Bible Teaching
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    #1003 institution's historical influence
    #125 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1139/22

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MDiv in Divinity

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministry
    • Great Commission Studies
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 88
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Bob Jones University

    #827 institution's historical influence
    #209 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Greenville, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 1-1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 33-41
    • Completion time: 1-1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Divinity

    Concentrations

    • Advanced Track
    • Bible Translation And Linguistics
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Biblical Languages
    • Church Planting And Urban Ministry
    • Church Worship
    • Global Missions
    • Military Chaplaincy
    • Preaching And Pastoral Ministry
    • Required Credits: 72-87
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Liberty University

    #988 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Exposition
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Languages
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MABS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Calvin Theological Seminary

    #2243 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Western Seminary

    #2080 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Portland, OR

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    Online Degrees

    MABL in Applied Biblical Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical And Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 56
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Denver Seminary

    #2306 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Littleton, CO

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Abilene Christian University

    #1227 institution's historical influence
    #771 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1122/24

    Abilene, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Christian Ministry

    Concentrations

    • Ministry and Bible
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Asbury Theological Seminary

    #2691 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    1K

    Wilmore, KY

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBT in Biblical And Theological Foundations
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Catholic Theological Union

    #2921 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical Ministry
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Houston Baptist University

    #1883 institution's historical influence
    #270 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MDiv in Divinity

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Languages
    • Required Credits: 72
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Regent University

    #1606 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MTS in Biblical Languages
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MTS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Biblical Languages
    • Required Credits: 72
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Nyack College

    #2212 institution's historical influence
    #1082 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    945/20

    New York, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical Literature

    Concentrations

    • New Testament
    • Old Testament
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Mission Bible and Greek Theology
    • Required Credits: 93
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Mission Bible and Hebrew Theology
    • Required Credits: 93
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Dallas

    #1312 institution's historical influence
    #1419 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1245/27

    Irving, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theological Studies

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Faulkner University

    #2784 institution's historical influence
    #1032 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/20

    Montgomery, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Cairn University

    #4261 institution's historical influence
    #1304 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1123/21

    Langhorne, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS/MA in Bible and Religion
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Trevecca Nazarene University

    #3499 institution's historical influence
    #1267 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1179/23

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology and Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 18- 24 months
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

    #4382 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Gettysburg, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Arts

    Concentrations

    • Bible
    • History
    • Theology
    • Pastoral Care
    • Interfaith Studies
    • Christian Education
    • Lutheran Studies
    • Liturgy and Music
    • Integrative Theology
    • Metropolitan/ Urban Ministry
    • Rural Ministry
    • Black Church
    • Required Credits: 51
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    The Master's University

    #4692 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    2K

    Santa Clarita, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MABS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Luther Rice College & Seminary

    #6083 institution's historical influence
    #706 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    <1K

    Lithonia, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 18-24 months
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Columbia International University

    #3545 institution's historical influence
    #95 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Bible Exposition
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Divinity

    Concentrations

    • Bible Exposition
    • Care And Counseling
    • Chaplaincy
    • Ministry Studies
    • Missiological Studies
    • Muslim Studies
    • Teaching English As A Foreign Language
    • Youth Ministry Leadership
    • Required Credits: 78
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    #5011 institution's historical influence
    #482 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    Kansas City, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MTS in Theological Studies

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Church Planting
    • Church Revitalization
    • Leadership
    • Discipleship Ministries
    • Missions
    • Preaching And Pastoral Ministry
    • Worship Ministries
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MDiv in Divinity

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Biblical Languages
    • Preaching And Pastoral Ministry
    • Christian Education
    • Church Planting
    • Leadership
    • Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 90
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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