Theology & Biblical Studies

Trevecca’s Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies equips students to understand and live out foundational, timeless and transformative truths in a contemporary context. Students use up-to-date research and commentary to apply methods of theological and biblical study to critical issues of our time.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Online:
Jan. 31, 2023

Program Benefits

  • Earn your degree in 18 months with a hybrid of online courses and summer intensives, or fully online in 24 months with no residency requirements.
  • Take only one class at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Complete your program with a supportive cohort of students working toward similar goals.
  • Enjoy the collaborative learning environments fostered by our small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.
  • Join classmates and professors for optional conferences, spiritual formation retreats and summer courses and trips.

What to Expect

Trevecca’s Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies combines foundational truths with the latest research and commentary on what it means to follow Christ in the 21st century. As a student in the program, you’ll enjoy coursework designed to move beyond head knowledge into transformative instruction that impacts who you are and how you engage the world. Spiritual formation exercises like Scripture reading, daily prayer and practices of silence and simplicity are woven into every course.

You’ll also learn to apply methods of theological and biblical study to current, critical issues such as human relationships; theology’s role in increasingly diverse cultures; the intersection of technology and imagination; how belief systems shape our views of gender, economics, race, and creation care; what it means to live in Christian community; and the role of theology in daily life. Our optional summer intensives provide additional opportunities to study on our Nashville campus or to take part in domestic and international trips. 

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and education intersect. We are committed to educating the next generation through servant leadership.

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Course Descriptions

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour

$463

Hours

32

Tuition Cost*

$14,816

*$100 tech. fee assessed per course. Books are not included.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students who do not meet these degree requirements may be conditionally accepted in accordance with the Conditional Admission Policy.
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework
  • Photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.
  • Some proficiency with computer technology and reliable access to technology throughout the program.

Upon admission, students must successfully complete Introduction to Graduate Theological Studies (THE 6005) before progressing through the remainder of the program.

Getting Started

  1. Complete the online application (it's free!). No GRE or GMAT scores required.
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  3. Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.
  4. Submit your immunization records (online students exempted). Tennessee state law requires all colleges and universities to obtain immunization information from students. Please reference these instructions to properly submit your records.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies provides a robust foundation for anyone serving in or preparing for full-time, part-time or lay ministry, as well as for those outside traditional ministry roles who want to learn more about Scripture and theology. Graduates are prepared for roles like these:

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Children’s ministry
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Education
  • Nonprofit work
  • Missions
  • Chaplaincy 

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.


Wesleyan Theology and the Life of the Church
THE 6400
An exploration of Wesleyan theology, hermeneutics and embodied Christian practice for today’s post-Christian contexts.
A Christian Theology of Place
THE 6410
An examination of God’s activity in relationship to place and the theme of place and land in Scripture and Christian history. Emphasis will be given to the unique Christian vision of God’s redemptive activity in particular places and a community-based (parish) model of Christian life and ministry.
Theology, Race, and Culture
THE 6420
This course examines a biblical vision of the human being, the image of God, the human relationship to sin, the tendency toward dehumanization and a vision for the redemption of humanity. Special focus will be given to racial dehumanization and a Christian response.
A Christian Theology of Hospitality
THE 6430
An examination of the theological theme of hospitality in Scripture and the life of the church throughout history, with particular attention to the unique responses of the people of God to poverty and immigration.
Mercy, Justice, and Law in the Old Testament Faith and Practice
BIB 6440
Within the broader context of the covenantal faith of the Old Testament, an exploration of specific practices of mercy, justice and law within the Old Testament and the manner in which the trajectory of those practices continue to inform and shape communities and human relationships in diverse contexts today.
Discipleship, Family, and New Creation in New Testament Faith and Practice
BIB 6440
Within the broader context of community in the New Testament, an exploration of specific practices of discipleship, family and new creation within the New Testament and the manner in which the trajectory of those practices continue to inform and shape communities and human relationships in diverse contexts today.
Theology of Christian Spirituality
THE 6440
An integrative exploration of the biblical, historical, theological, and doctrinal resources for spirituality, allowing the student to account for the reaction to faith in consciousness and practice.
Contemporary Theology
THE 6470
An exploration of various contemporary theological movements and methods, giving particular attention to Wesleyan-holiness theology in a 21st century context.
Seminar in Theological Studies
THE 6480
Selected studies in theological studies at the graduate level.

“I learned to engage in beautiful, tough topics – all through the framework of the gospel – in order to help those in my church do the same.”

Jacob Bell Trevecca graduate