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Find your mission as you follow your passion to study God’s Word. Immerse yourself in theological topics. Interpret biblical passages and discover their relevance to life. See how church history shaped theology. Read the Bible in its original languages. Get cultural perspective on people and customs in the Bible. Enrich your experience by studying abroad in Israel. Be rewarded for excellence in your studies.
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Be prepared for a meaningful career using advanced training in biblical interpretation and theology. Discover and develop your unique skills in teaching, research, and ministry. Establish a solid biblical foundation that will equip you to serve wherever God leads you.
Fulfill your desire to study Scripture in-depth by gaining advanced knowledge of New Testament Greek. Learn from Christian scholars with expertise in Bible translation techniques.
Gain theological insight by studying themes (“biblical theology”) and categories (“systematic theology”). Discover how these ideas have been shaped over time (“historical theology”).
Expand your cultural awareness as you learn about the customs, context, and geography of the Bible. Understand how personal and cultural biases affect biblical interpretation.
As you excel in your studies you’ll be learning transferable skills in communication, research, and analysis.
Consider enhancing your major with a minor in Ancient & Classical Languages or related field of your choice.
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Your academic achievements will be recognized if you qualify for induction into our local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society. You may be selected to receive an award for outstanding work in Greek, Hebrew, and theology.
Planning on graduate school? Consider the affordable option to combine an undergraduate B.A. degree in Biblical and Theological Studies with an accelerated Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS). Apply through the Biblical & Theological Studies department for this streamlined track designed to save you time and money. You’ll complete 14 credits of the MATS degree during your undergraduate program and the remaining 22 credits during one additional year of graduate study on campus or online. You have the option to culminate your MATS program with the writing of a thesis guided by a faculty member. This accelerated pathway saves you 14 credits of graduate tuition expense as you add a MATS degree to your portfolio in just one year.
If you have a passion to study the Bible, want to understand important theological issues, and desire to have a career with significance, this might be the right degree for you.
You will learn to perform advanced biblical interpretation, evaluate current issues using theological methods, explain Christian theology, and develop your skills in communication, research, and analysis.
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While at Northwestern I had the opportunity to take classes in Israel for a summer, which confirmed my love and passion for studying the Bible. I was given advice by my professors to earn a Master's degree. My B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northwestern allowed me an Advanced Placement for my M.Div.
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.