MA/OT Concentration Purpose

The Master of Arts concentration in Old Testament and Semitic Languages (MA/OT) provides specialized study in the Old Testament and Semitic Languages.  The MA/OT is academic rather than professional in focus, preparing participants in knowledge and practice for teaching or researching in Christian secondary schools, or higher education where a doctorate may not be needed; or as an intermediate step toward doctoral study in a related area.

MA/OT Concentration Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Old Testament will be able to:

  • articulate an understanding of biblical and theological constructs that form the foundation of evangelical Christian faith
  • ground theological interpretations in the biblical text, historical developments, and contemporary context
  • demonstrate an ability to contribute to biblical, historical, educational, and/or theological studies in an increasingly global and culturally diverse world
  • demonstrate academic proficiency in the student’s chosen area of concentration
  • demonstrate a breadth of perspective and focused depth for further academic work in the student’s chosen area of concentration

MA/OT Prerequisites

  1. 6 semester hours of Bible including Old and New Testament surveys; or TEDS OT 5000 and NT 5000
  2. an undergraduate major in Bible or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 30 hours in Bible/Hebrew/theology (12 or more in Bible; beginning languages are not considered Bible courses)
  3. proficiency in biblical Hebrew at a level equivalent to completion of TEDS OT 5241
Bible and Theology Core9
ID 5000Biblical Theology and Interpretation3
ST 5201
ST 5202
Theology I: The God of the Gospel
and Theology II: The Gospel of God
Concentration Core24
OT 5242Hebrew Exegesis3
OT 8950Old Testament Research and Methods3
Elective Studies in Old Testament18
The following courses in other departments may be completed in the Concentration Core:
Field Education0
Select one option from the following:0
Option 1:
Field Education (2 semesters)
Option 2:
Field Education (1 semester)
Formation Group (2 semesters)
MA/OT Capstone1-3
OT 7477MA Major Comprehensive Exam1
OT 7485MA Thesis0-2
Total Hours36