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Preparing the next generation of biblical leaders.

MASTER OF ARTS - Theology

Arm yourself with the Word of God to take on the challenges facing today's Christian leaders.

Master of Arts in Theology

ABOUT

The Master of Arts Degree in Theology at New England Bible College & Seminary offers a broad foundation, while also allowing students more concentrated studies in Theology.

The M.A. Theology track is academic in focus, requiring foundational courses in a variety of disciplines, but allowing the student some flexibility in concentrating on a particular interest or field. A Bachelor's Degree is required, but it does not need to be in Biblical Studies/Theology. An M.A. in Theology can be preparation for high school or undergraduate teaching in a variety of fields. 

FAST-TRACK MASTERS

If a student has completed a Bachelor's degree from a similar institution to NEBCS in the areas of Bible, Theology, Ministry, Religious Education, Church History, or Biblical Counseling, they may complete an M.A. in as little as 30 credit hours.

WHY NEBCS?

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 Mentorship from Experienced Faculty

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Affordability

Our faculty members come from diverse and impressive academic and professional backgrounds. They include accomplished ministers, pastors, coaches, counselors, researchers, and published authors that can mentor you along your spiritual and professional journey. 

NEBCS is committed to making high-quality biblical education affordable and accessible to everyone who desires it. We offer low-cost tuition as well as generous financial aid and merit scholarships to make sure that no student is excluded from attending due to financial constraints.

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Flexible

We provide flexible options for students with busy schedules to balance work, personal commitments and education. Choose how you want to attend classes, in-person or online, and take courses at your own pace. Check the learning formats section for more details.

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Internship Opportunity

The ministry internship requirement provides students with valuable real-world experience, professional networking opportunities, personal growth, and academic credit.

 

It is an essential step in preparing students to become effective and compassionate ministry professionals who can make a positive impact on their communities and the world.

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Small Class Size

Small classes provide excellent interaction with faculty and ministry professionals.

 

Our students experience individualized attention, greater participation and collaboration, improved academic performance, and a supportive learning environment.

Growing up in a Christian family, I have heard Scripture teachings and have been a Christian most of my life.
 
However, I have never been afforded the opportunity of being formally taught more about the Bible from such knowledgeable professors.
 
By taking classes at New England Bible College, my understanding of the Bible has increased exponentially. Most importantly, I am being trained to be an effective defender of my faith and am better able to fulfill the Great Commission.

Joshua Sparling
M.D.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To gain a solid understanding of the authorship, historical context, literary structure, and overarching themes of the books of the Bible.

  • To gain a solid understanding of church history, Christian doctrine, and current theological trends and issues.

  • To become equipped with practical ministry skills such as preaching, leadership, counseling, pastoral care and administration. 

  • To effectively preach and teach the Word with clarity, conviction, and authority.

  • To become prepared for ordination. 

  • To be able to perform graduate level theological research and writing.​

COURSE LIST

History

  • ​HI-501 Church History Survey

Spiritual Discipline

  • ​SF-500 Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

Biblical Studies

  • BI-500 Biblical Interpretation

  • BI-501a Old Testament Survey

  • BI-502a New Testament Survey

  • BI-620 Biblical Theology

  • BI-630 Pastoral Epistles and Current Issues

Ministry Practice

  • LI-501 Life of the Leader

  • CO-520 Introduction to Preaching and Public Speaking

  • MI-650 Evangelism and Missions

  • PH-502 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics

  • PH-603 Introduction to Apologetics

Theology

  • ​TH-501 Introduction to Theology

  • TH-601 Christian Doctrine 1

  • TH-602 Christian Doctrine 2

Electives (Student Choice)

Two Electives* or Thesis**

*A thesis is undertaken in the student's final two semesters.  A thesis must be at least 60 pages, adhere to accepted academic standards, and have a topic approved by the Academic Dean, who will also assign a thesis advisor.  Upon successful completion, the thesis will earn 6 credit hours.

WE PROVIDE

FLEXIBLE LEARNING FORMATS

FOR BUSY STUDENTS AND WORKING PROFESSIONALS

IN-PERSON COURSES

Many courses are offered in person, helping to foster an interactive learning environment and facilitate hands-on experiences.

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INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

Our independent study courses allow students to work one-on-one with a professor to complete a course at an agreed pace.

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ONLINE COURSES

All courses are also available synchronously via Zoom meetings for added convenience. Fully asynchronous classes coming soon!

Working from Home

ONE-AT-A-TIME COURSES

Students can also take courses one at a time without full-time enrollment requirements, allowing for a lighter workload

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Advance your education while maintaining your commitments and schedule.

What can I do with this degree?

Our Master of Divinity equips you with the skills to become a proficient and effective Christian leader or professional, capable of providing spiritual guidance and support, as well as engaging in social justice work and community development.

Career paths can include:

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Pastoral
Ministry

Bibles
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Church
Administration

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Chaplaincy

Young Professor
Young Teacher

Education

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Non-Profit

Leadership

Psychotherapy
Prayer Group

Counseling &
Social Work

Gain the skills needed to shepherd God's people effectively.

NEBCS has been beneficial in preparing me to pastor several different church congregations.
 
The seminary and Dr. Terry Smith have helped equip me for a commissioning to preach through sharing the knowledge of God’s Holy Word, to me and others under Godly tutelage and leadership.

David W. Fox
Reverend

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following for admission:

  • Admissions application

  • Non-refundable application fee of $25.00

  • Minimum of two references, one of which must be from the applicant’s pastor, the other(s) from an employer, teacher, or mentor mailed directly to NEBC/GES. All references must be from non-family members.

  • Applicants may be asked to submit high school or college transcripts and/or test scores.

  • Applicants may be invited to interview prior to admission.

NEBCS has rolling admissions.

 

The recommended application submission date for all degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is August 1 for the Fall Semester, and December 15 for the Spring Semester.

TUITION, FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer a low-cost tuition of $9,000 for the Master of Arts - Theology degree.

 

We also offer generous financial aid and merit scholarships to ensure all students can attend, regardless of personal finances. If you sincerely desire to attend but are worried about the cost, please talk to one of our advisors.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN BECOMING A FAITHFUL AND EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN LEADER.

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