United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies

The Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies program provides you with an opportunity to engage in depth the historical and cultural contexts, overarching narratives, theological themes and critical issues of the Bible, as well as attending to the ethical implications of the interpretation of Scripture. Unlike the MA in Biblical Studies, which is designed for people who wish to pursue an academic career or a non-ordained teaching position, this program is for people who wish to become more skilled at biblical interpretation while pursuing a Master of Divinity degree in preparation for ordained ministry or a doctoral program that requires an MDiv.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue:

  • Ordained ministry and wish to have greater knowledge of the Bible and increased skill in interpreting it in order to enhance your ministerial effectiveness.
  • Careers in faith formation, administration of church-related organizations such as judicatories, or teaching in religious institutions
  • Doctoral studies in a range of religious disciplines, including biblical studies



In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the MDiv in Biblical Studies program will be able to:

  • apply to their vocational context appropriate critical interpretation of, analysis of, and reflection on Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and/or other religious texts from historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • apply knowledge of the meaning in the original language of selected Hebrew Bible OR New Testament texts to the critical interpretation of those texts;
  • construct and deliver a faith formation curriculum that arises from, and addresses the needs of specific populations/issues within ministry contexts and is based on solid theological and religious understanding;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context; and
  • achieve their self-defined practice of ministry goals that are appropriately based on the requirements of their denomination or other vocational path.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • Final thesis or project not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including Biblical Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

Religious Texts 4
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
Theological Tradition 4
Religious and Theological Interpretation
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 2
Choose one:
Christian Ethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Cultural Contextualization 1
Choose one:
Global Christianities
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Faith Formation
One Language elective
Two Religious Text electives
Two additional electives
Congregational Internship


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