Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

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The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.) is a fully online program for students who desire to deepen their knowledge of God and His Word. Students’ knowledge and understanding are founded in fine liberal arts tradition. Through the completion of Biblical Studies core courses, students build upon this foundation with comprehensive biblical knowledge and understanding. Through the selection and completion of specialized courses, students are prepared in accordance with their personal gifts and calling from God. Specializations are offered in Biblical Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Christian Education, Women’s Ministry and Theology.

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.”


The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.) is a fully online program that introduces students to basic ministry skills that will equip the student to be an effective associate level minister or Christian leader. The M.A.B.S. introduces students to the Old and New Testaments, Christian theology, hermeneutical skills, history of the church, apologetics, and the Calvary Chapel movement.

The 36 credit degree program has 8 core courses and 5 specialization options: Biblical Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Christian Education, and Women’s Ministry. The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program is scholarly in its academics and practical in its application to ministry.


The purpose of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is to provide effective tools for furthering the cause of Christ through biblical studies and Christian ministry. 

Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is 36 credits and features 8 biblical core courses and 4 courses specific to the student’s selected specialization.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.A.B.S. degree program the student will be able to:

  • Biblically state and identify the principal doctrines of evangelical Christianity.
  • Identify the major themes of both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Evaluate the challenges to a Christian worldview and formulate Biblical rebuttals.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of a foundational evangelical theological education that is reflected by a Biblical worldview and the necessary skills to serve as an Assistant Pastor or ministry leader.

    • Exhibit ministry readiness to lead others through confident application of ministry skills in a specifically Calvary Chapel environment.

    • Execute exemplary leadership ability in providing vision and forward momentum among a local church staff or ministry team. Develop basic pastoral skills necessary for successful ministry in the local church.

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through This program will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests.

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system.

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards a diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled.

To be eligible for a diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program  through Calvary Chapel University
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a degree program at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.