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Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching the Bible

NTS West offers a 36-credit graduate degree for men and women seeking to teach the Bible in a variety of contemporary settings.  Wherever you are in your knowledge of the Bible, the dynamic trajectory of our educational program aims to equip women and men with the tools to teach the Bible in a 21st century world where knowledge of the Bible can no longer be assumed.   

Our M.A. degree builds on a foundation in Church History, Theology, and Education, with a large selection of classes in Old and New Testament.  

The strength of our excellent faculty is that they teach from their daily involvement as parish pastors, hospital chaplains, campus ministers, and other expressions of ministry.  The special emphasis of this M. A. degree program is the opportunity to shadow pastors who are teaching the Bible weekly in their congregations.  Going beyond the typical seminary’s model of “biblical studies,” this shadowing allows students to experience firsthand the integration of theory and practice.  

Classes are offered in the evenings so as to be accessible to persons combining work and study.  Students will typically complete the M.A. in Teaching the Bible in two to two and a half years.  Students appreciate the opportunity to take classes throughout Southern California in partner congregations near where they live or work.