Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

The goal of the teacher is to reveal Jesus in his fullness to the Church, the way to God, the truth to believe and know, the source of life now and for eternity.

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) is designed primarily for those who anticipate a teaching ministry in the Bible but are not led toward ordination or the pastorate. It is a two-year, full-time programme for university degree holders which can serve as a stepping stone toward the PhD at many institutions.  Rigorous preparation in biblical languages, extensive training in exegesis, and understanding the essential doctrines of the church prepares the student to succeed in the calling to teach and to serve the church through research in Biblical studies.  Preparation in a worshipful and caring community ensures a holistic approach to learning.

Students enrolled in this programme can choose to focus on either the Greek or Hebrew language in their exegesis courses.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College
  • Applicants with a Polytechnic degree may apply to do a 32-credit bridging programme to qualify for admission. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more details.

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:  6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Evidence of call to ministry and service
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 65 credit hours of studies
    including field education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5


Year 1
First Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Foundations 3
Hermeneutics 3
Biblical Greek I or Biblical Hebrew I 3
Survey of Church History 3
Introduction to Christian Spirituality 3
Field Education 1
Research and Writing 1
Second Semester Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Studies I 3
Biblical Greek II or Biblical Hebrew II 3
New Testament Foundations 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Homiletics I 3
Field Education 1
Year 2
First Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Studies II 3
New Testament Studies I 3
New Testament Exegesis I or
Old Testament Exegesis I
Systematic Theology II 3
Elective 3
Field Education 1
Second Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Studies III or
New Testament Studies III
New Testament Studies II 3
New Testament Exegesis II or
Old Testament Exegesis II
Systematic Theology III 3
Missiological Perspectives 3
Field Education 1

Note: Course offerings are subject to change. 

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.