The Master of Arts in Old Testament provides you with specialized education of New Testament theology. The program focuses on the disciplines and resources of biblical interpretation allowing graduates to continue education on their own well after program completion.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

Graduating with a Master of Arts in Old Testament from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary will prepare you for a future of teaching and writing in your area of expertise. Graduates teach at the collegiate level or in the church. The MAOT prepares you for a Ph.D. or other doctoral studies in a related field.

Program director

lynn jost
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Preaching, Director of the Anabaptist Center


terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Seminary President and University Vice President

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (60 Units)

BIB-715Elementary Hebrew I3
BIB-716Elementary Hebrew II3
BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World*3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
BIB-750Biblical Theology I**3
MIN-750ACross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles1.5
or MIN-750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
THEO-705Christian Thought3
Expanding The Base
BIB-717Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB-718Advanced Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB-726Biblical Interpretation II2
BIB-752Biblical Theology II**3
BIB-756Old Testament Backgrounds3
MIN-760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST-716Evangelical Anabaptist Story3
or THEO-760Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions3
or HIST-718North American Religious History3
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics*3
Practicing The Theory

Choose one

COUN-724Interpersonal Communication3
MIN-732Church Educational Ministries3
MIN-740Preaching I3
or MIN-742Preaching for Contemporary Listeners3
MIN-793ASupervised Ministry Experience I1.5
and MIN-793BSupervised Ministry Experience II1.5
Capstone Learning
BIB-790Senior Seminar*3
or BIB-799/MIN-799Thesis*6
MIN-770Ministry Discernment*0


  • Old testament courses (6 units)
  • Free electives (4.5-7.5 units)

* Course must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.
** At least one biblical theology course must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.