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Biblical Studies

Southern California Seminary

24 months
433 USD/credit 12990 USD/year
433 USD/credit 12990 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) program at the Southern California Seminary provides graduate-level curriculum that is designed for persons seeking a thorough biblical and theological understanding of the Old and New Testaments. 


By offering 12 units of electives as part of the curriculum, the MABS program allows students to focus on a particular area of interest. 

This Biblical Studies program from the Southern California Seminary includes the preparation of a research thesis that should correspond to the students’ area of interest related to biblical and theological studies. The program can be completed in about two years if students take 9-12 units each trimester.


Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Program students will be able to:

  • Interpret the content of the Old and New Testaments utilizing a literal-grammatical-historical hermeneutic;
  • Demonstrate a graduate-level proficiency in theological research and writing;
  • Explain the foundational theological doctrines of the Christian faith;
  • Expound Biblical truths in a variety of settings;
  • Integrate biblical knowledge for spiritual growth, discipleship in vocational ministry; and
  • Provide leadership in a variety of ministry contexts inside and outside of the local church.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Hermeneutics
  • Church History and Canonicity (trimester)
  • Gospels and Acts
  • Critical Thinking and Argumentation
  • Christian Ethics and Leadership
  • Pauline Epistles and Hebrews

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications must be completed at least 3 months prior to the start of any trimester. 


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply for admission 
  • Request Official Transcripts
  • Submit Essay (2-essays for DMin)
  • Submit Reference (Pastor/Chaplain)
  • Apply for Financial Aid

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 433 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 433 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for El Cajon

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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