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 the degree, you will:

• Acquire significant and broad knowledge of the literature of theology, exegesis or social sciences appropriate to your field of study.

• Demonstrate an advanced or specialized knowledge of biblical languages or of a concentrated area of intercultural studies.

• Be prepared to engage in important research within your field of study. 

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

Admissions Requirements

Application deadline: January 5

  • 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 6.5.
  • $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.
  7. Please attach a resume or CV.

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Biblical Studies Required Courses (9 credit hours)
3 NT901 Research Methods in New Testament Interpretation  
3 OT901 Research Methods in Old 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

Additional Requirements

  • Attend required, non-credit Advanced Research Programs Interdisciplinary Colloquium as scheduled until coursework is completed.
  • Cumulative GRP of at least 3.30/4.00.
  • Pass the competency exit exam, with a score of 80%, demonstrating translations, exegetical and theological competencies in both Old and New Testaments.
  • Fulfillment of all degree requirements in not more than three calendar years from the first term of enrollment.

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: 2018-2019


Total Credits



30 credits

$665/credit hour




Academic Year 2018-2019

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$140 per semester

$70 per semester

Graduation Fee

$200 one-time fee

$200 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$115 per semester

$55 per semester

Th.M. [Biblical Studies only] 
Competency Exit Exam Fee

$150 one-time fee

$150 one-time fee


Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need.

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.

Save Time! Save Money!

Combine your Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a Master of Theology degree, you’ll save up to 15 credit hours! This option is designed for those planning to pursue a Ph.D. or for those seeking a deeper educational background to serve in the church or marketplace.

This dual track option allows you to:

  • Share up to 15 hours between degrees, reducing your overall time and cost to complete the degrees.
  • Prepare for the rigor of the Ph.D. program and strengthen your CV. Classes are taught at a Ph.D. level.
  • Gain a more extensive knowledge-base for marketplace or church ministry.
  • Shorten the admissions process if you’re already a current student.
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