Grow Your Knowledge & Ministry

As Christians, we’re charged with spreading the good news of the Gospel, the story of God’s love and His redeeming grace. You know this grace is abundant and free to all who accept Him, and you’re eager to share this message of hope.

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biblical and Theological Studies can help you grow your ministry. In this program, you learn the history and meaning behind scripture while also gaining knowledge of biblical interpretation.

You also learn how to explain God’s story in meaningful and unique ways. This program is perfect for those already involved in ministry roles and is also appropriate for laypeople who want to better understand the subtleties of our faith.

Our Partnership with Thirdmill

This degree is offered in partnership with Third Millennium Ministries, which has built an extensive and innovative multimedia curriculum. Together, we plan to educate thousands of pastors around the world and especially in areas with a lack of access to biblical and theological education.

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Biblical and Theological Studies Degrees with Thirdmill and Belhaven University

Why You'll Love Biblical Studies at Belhaven

Caring & Expert Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in their fields. They love to share their knowledge, and they deeply care about your success. They’ll be with you each step of your educational journey.

Discounted Tuition

To complete our mission of making ministerial education affordable to all, we’ve discounted our tuition to $199 per credit hour. Take advantage of this opportunity to earn an excellent, Christ-centered education.

Christian Worldview

You are challenged to think critically and analytically about who God is — and who you are — as we equip you to fulfill your calling to glorify God and be a blessing to the world.


Classes are offered in seven-week terms throughout the year, so you can plan a schedule that best fits you. Plus, you can complete classwork or view materials at any time through our Canvas e-learning system.

36 Total Hours

Including classes in theology, Old and New Testaments, hermeneutics, and systematic theology

100% Online

Flexibility for your busy lifestyle

$199 Credit Hour

Deeply discounted tuion – making ministerial education affordable to all


Learn from Thirdmill's innovative multimedia curriculum

What Can You Do with a Biblical Studies Degree?

  • Chaplain
  • Children’s and youth minister
  • Christian educator
  • Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Pastor

Your Path to Biblical & Theological Studies

To enroll, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, or you must have earned nine hours of graduate credit with a “B” in each course.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements but show potential for success in this program, you may be admitted on a conditional basis. If you’re conditionally admitted, you must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

To be considered for conditional admission, you should:

  • Apply to the university.
  • Provide the admission office with an essay outlining your educational goals and two letters of recommendation.
  • For more information, contact the department or the admission office at 601-968-8881 or by email at

Applying for admission to Belhaven’s online graduate programs is quick and easy. When you have all your supporting documentation ready, just complete and submit our online application form.  Please note, there is a required $99 application fee for this program that is added to your first bill; this fee is not able to be waived.

How to Apply

These rates are for August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2025.

Program Per Credit Hour
Graduate MABTS (Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies) $199

* As these courses are deeply discounted, there are no additional discounts (military, first responder, education, etc.) for this program.

Visit the Scholarships, Tuition & Fees page to view other fees as well as the cost estimate calculator.

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Why Trust Belhaven With Your Future?

Our quality is recognized by SACSCOC, which grants our institutional accreditation and authority to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees. Plus, we’re consistently recognized by organizations like U.S. News & World Report for our academic excellence, commitment to community service, expert faculty, and overall value.

Importance of Accreditation

Meet our Chair of Biblical Studies

Dr. Jeff Brannon

Professor and Chair of Biblical Studies Department


Contact Us

Office of Adult, Graduate, and Online Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13