Master of Divinity (MDiv): Biblical Studies

Theology students engage in discussion.


Biblical Language 18
Select one of the following:
New Testament Greek I
and New Testament Greek II
Hebrew I
and Hebrew II
Biblical Studies Core 12
Torah and Prophets: Exodus-2 Kings
Biblical Interpretation: Exploring Genesis 2
Paul the Pastor and Theologian
Theological Studies Core12
Church History I
Church History II
Christian Theology
Ministry Core 12
Ministry Life and Leadership
Christian Formation and Discipleship
Pastoral Counseling and Church Health
Integrated Studies Core 12
The Bible and Preaching
Ethics and Worship
The Gospels and Christology
Mentored Ministry 5
Community Retreat
Mentored Ministry 3
Intercultural Experience1
Urban Immersion L.A.
M.Div. Capstone
Biblical Studies Emphasis8
Select two of the following: 4
The Gospels' Witness to Christ
The Gospel of Mark
Epistle to the Romans
Psalms as Resource for Ministry
Biblical Foundations of Worship
Old Testament Seminar
New Testament Seminar
The Church of the First Century
Early Judaism: The Writings and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The New Testament World
Theological Themes of the Old Testament
Scripture and Canon: The Formation of the Bible
Women in the Bible and Church History
Total Units74

Students who have completed one year of undergraduate Hebrew or Greek with a grade of B or better may waive this requirement.


GBBL 511 is a prerequisite to all GBBL courses, GINS 507, and GINS 542.


Repeated for a total of 4 units.


A second biblical language can also be used to fulfill the biblical studies emphasis.

Time Limit

The Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Studies program must be completed within 10 years from the date of admission. APU coursework completed more than 10 years prior to completion of degree requirements is not acceptable toward the degree.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Model a holy life through spiritual disciplines reflecting a Wesleyan heritage of faith and love.
  2. Interpret Scripture with reverent criticism, theological insight, and constructive imagination, beginning with the inductive method of Bible study, for the edification of the Church.
  3. Think theologically through the Wesleyan quadrilateral (Scripture, Church tradition, reason, and experience) in a manner that is faithful to the past and responsive to the present.
  4. Develop competency in the pastoral responsibilities of preaching, teaching, leadership, and pastoral care.
  5. Analyze various cultural constructs and global issues in order to provide transforming leadership for the Church.