Master of Theology [Biblical Studies] (Th.M. [Biblical Studies])

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 30-hour Master of Theology in Biblical Studies forms Christian scholars, teachers and servant-leaders for the church. This degree grounds you in relevant primary sources, classic and contemporary literature and strengthens your ability to do focused research in your selected field for publication. You’ll gain a fresh commitment to personal and social holiness through personal and spiritual formation.

Complete your degree on the Kentucky campus as a full-time residential student in as few as two years.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you will

  • Cultivate holy love of God and neighbor through both knowledge and practice in the Christian disciplines of service and grace.
  • Gain new knowledge of biblical history as you advance your study of Scripture in order to prepare you to better serve the Church through scholarship and publication.
  • Develop specialized knowledge in a particular field through the study of biblical-theological, historical and cultural studies.
  • Learn within a research community dedicated to gaining an advanced understanding of Scripture and the Church.
  • Serve the Church through scholarship and publication upon graduation.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.

Admissions Requirements

Application deadline: January 15

  • Application Form
  • Personal History Essay, with resume or CV attached.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you received postsecondary academic credit.
  • An accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • An accredited Master of Divinity degree or accredited (two year or 60 semester hours) Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies.
  • 4 references from professors or other scholars, completed on the Admissions Office form.
  • GRE Verbal Score of 160 or above (600 on the old scale) and 5.0 Analytical
  • Writing Sample of academic work, approximately 25 pages, completed within the past 3 years and reflecting a research interest appropriate to the degree program.
    • Submit writing samples in .pdf format.
    • Use your 6-digit prospective student ID number in place of your name throughout the paper.
    • Use the prospective ID number as the filename of the document.
    • If papers are not submitted within these guidelines, they will be returned to the applicant for proper formatting.
  • Intermediate-level competency in Biblical Hebrew or Koine Greek, and at least an introductory-level competency in another Biblical language.
  • Facility at an introductory level with German or another research language cognate to student’s area of study.
  • For students whose native language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 90 (Internet) or 575 (paper) or an IETLS score of 7.0.
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Background Check 

Personal History Essay:

  1. Share your life story and at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Asbury Seminary’s Advanced Research Program.  Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in this program. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  2. Please describe your ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service.  (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  3. Statement of Purpose – Describe briefly the reasons you are prompted to pursue study in the particular program area you have chosen and what you hope to gain through the program.  Give specific goals, personal or professional needs.  (350 to 500 words maximum)
  4. List the language(s) (including English) used in your research and/or ministry and indicate your relative proficiency.
  5. (Optional)  If you feel your cumulative grade point average or academic test scores do not adequately reflect your abilities to flourish at Asbury Seminary, please explain.
  6. (Optional) If you are married, describe your spouse’s attitudes toward your plans for seminary education and future ministry.

Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete your degree without leaving home by taking a portion of your classes online and completing the remaining through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

The Th.M. [Biblical Studies] program is offered at the following locations:

Kentucky (Wilmore)
Hrs Course ID Course Name
Biblical Studies Required Courses (9 credit hours)
3 OT901 Research Methods in Old Testament Interpretation
3 NT901 Research Methods in New Testament Interpretation
3 BS905 Seminar in the History of Interpretation
0 BS901 Seminar in Biblical Studies
Register and attend required, non-credit Biblical Studies seminar weekly for two semesters (fall and spring).
Biblical Studies Elective Courses (21 credit hours)
600, 700, and 900 level courses in Biblical Studies, including BT605 or BT660

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually and our Ministry Partners Program helps you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance: 2016-2017


Total Credits



30 credits

$645/credit hour




Academic Year 2016-2017

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester

Graduation Fee

$100 one-time fee

$100 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester


Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need. We offer 25, 50, 75, or 100 percent scholarships.

To apply

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Asbury Financial Aid Application
  • Complete a Postgraduate Support Scholarship Application, including a 1000-word essay describing your passion for research and how it will equip you for the future.
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