Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment to the M.A. program at The Master's College, the following eligibility requirements must be met by the applicant. The administration and faculty of the College reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment or to place a student on probation if, after enrollment, the student proves to be lacking in these qualifications.


  • Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  • Demonstration of submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God.
  • Possession of the personal and spiritual gifts necessary for counseling and discipleship (deacon/deaconness qualified).
  • Recommendation by church leaders and other people who have had significant contact with the applicant.
  • General agreement with the doctrinal statement of The Master's College.


The goal of the academic admission requirements is to ensure that students who enter the program are a theological match with the College's doctrinal position, and that they have the academic capability and prerequisite preparation to successfully complete and benefit from the coursework they will be required to take.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (official transcript required). The prospective student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. The student will be expected to maintain a 3.0 average in the M.A. program, with no grade less than a C.
  • It is highly recommended that a student's undergraduate program be strong in a liberal arts emphasis, including courses in literature, history, and philosophy.
  • While an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies is not required for entrance into this program,  applicants will still be required to demonstrate a threshold level of biblical and theological knowledge in order to be admitted to the program. This requirement can be satisfied by either of the following:
    • Complete 18 semester units of undergraduate coursework in biblical studies with a GPA of at least 3.0 that includes at least 6 units of New Testament (N.T.), 6 units of Old Testament (O.T.), and 6 units of Christian Theology.
    • Complete a three-part comprehensive entrance examination in O.T., N.T., and Christian Theology to certify a level of theological knowledge necessary for graduate study. There is a $30 fee for the entrance exam.
    • Note: Applicants who fail a section of the entrance examination (N.T., O.T., or Christian Theology) may choose to retake that section of the exam or complete 6 units of undergraduate coursework with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in that subject area in order to be admitted to the program.

Application Requirements

The following documents must be submitted in order to apply to The Master's College:

  1. Application for Graduate Admission (Online)
  2. Application fee ($50)
  3. Supplementary personal statements
  4. Official transcripts indicating the completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  5. Reference forms: academicpastoral (or other lay-leader), and personal (forms provided with application)

Application Deadlines

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at The Master's College is a three term program. The core courses are offered on the campus of The Master's College each summer during the last two full weeks of July. Twenty four (24) units must be completed on campus.  The remaining 12 units are completed by correspondence or travel-study format. The application deadlines are:

  • Summer Term - March 1
  • Fall Term - July 1
  • Spring Term - November 1

Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but we cannot guarantee that they will be given equal consideration with those submitted on time.

Transfer Credits

Any graduate from TMC's undergraduate Biblical Studies major program who has earned at least 36 credits of Bible will be allowed a maximum of six (6) credits of advanced standing in the program. A student transferring from another graduate program will be allowed credit for a maximum of six (6) credits for courses that correspond to those offered in the MABS program. Decisions regarding advanced standing and transfer credits are only determined through the transcript review step of the application process by the faculty chair of the MABS program in consultation with the Registrar.

International Students

The Master's College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Students from abroad are welcome, provided they meet the admission requirements of the College. For applicants, for whom English is a second language, a minimum score of 100 is required on the TOEFL exam in order to be considered for admission. While all classroom instruction is conducted in English, the administration, faculty and staff attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our international students. As foreign students' legal needs are different from those of U.S. citizens, there are additional requirements. Foreign students are urged to contact the Office of International Student Advancement to obtain the appropriate information.