Format

The MA in Biblical Studies consists of 30 semester hours, which includes six 600 level courses – four required courses (Advanced OT and NT Exegesis and Seminar) and two elective courses – and a thesis. Students meeting all prerequisites typically complete the program within two or three years. 
See the MA in Biblical Studies Check list.


Courses

The academic year is divided into two semesters of approximately 13 weeks. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday. A typical course meets once per week for three hours and requires eight to ten hours of preparation per week.

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF ADVANCED EXEGESIS:

  • RELS 611 Advanced Old Testament Exegesis (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 621 Advanced New Testament Exegesis (3 sem. hrs.)

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF SEMINAR:

  • RELS 612 Advanced Old Testament Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 622 Advanced New Testament Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)

6 SEMESTER HOURS OF 600-LEVEL ELECTIVES:

Courses offered in the past include:
  • RELS 631 The Deuteronomistic History (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 632 Historical Jesus (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 633 Themes of the Pentateuch (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 634 Mark (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 640 Advanced Greek Readings (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 641 Isaiah (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 642 Romans (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 643 Psalms (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 644 John (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 647 The Dead Sea Scrolls (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 648 Advanced Greek Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 649 Rabbinic Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 650 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 652 Syriac (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 655 Introduction to Aramaic (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 656 Readings in Aramaic (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 658 Mishnaic and Qumranic Hebrew (3 sem. hrs.)
  • RELS 660 Biblical Interpretation in the 16th Century (3 sem. hrs.)

12 SEMESTER HOURS OF RESEARCH DESIGN AND THESIS:

  • RELS 690 Research Design
  • RELS 691 Thesis I
  • RELS 692 Thesis II

ORAL DEFENSE OF THESIS:

A student is required to orally defend his or her thesis before the faculty and graduate students.


Program Distinctives

  • Biblical Studies faculty at the forefront of research in the Old and New Testaments and Intertestamental Literature.
  • A substantial thesis component during which students work closely with two faculty members.
  • A library of Biblical Studies books, journals and online resources that is one of the largest in Canada.
  • Opportunities to work alongside faculty on significant research and publications.
  • Colloquia and department-sponsored seminars, which allow students to engage with visiting scholars.
  • TWU is home to the Dead Sea Scroll Institute, the Septuagint Institute, and one of the largest collections of New Testament manuscript facsimiles in North America.
  • The Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls, the Ben Zion Wacholder Professorship, and the Brooke Foss Westcott Professorship are held by members of faculty.