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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, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

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


terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Seminary 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 I ***3
BIB 750Biblical Theology I *** **3
MIN 705Mentoring/Connecting *1
MIN 750A
or MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
or 1.5
THEO 705Christian Thought ***3
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 716
or THEO 760
or HIST 718
The Evangelical Anabaptist Story
or Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith
or North American Religious History
or 3
or 3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics *** *3
Practicing the Theory

Choose one

COUN 724
or MIN 732
or MIN 740
or MIN 742
or MIN 793B and MIN 793A
Interpersonal Communication ***
or Church Educational Ministries
or Preaching I
or Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
or Supervised Ministry Experience II and Supervised Ministry Experience I
or 3
or 3
or 3
or 3
Capstone Learning
MIN 770Ministry Discernment *0
BIB 790
or BIB 799
or MIN 799
Senior Seminar *
or Thesis ***
or Thesis *** *
or 6
or 6
 Old Testament courses6
 Free electives4.5-7.5

* Course must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.

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

*** Course must be taken as number of units listed here