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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, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies


Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Vice President, Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology

Tim Geddert, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture

Mark Baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (60 Units)


BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0
BIB 715Elementary Hebrew I3
BIB 716Elementary Hebrew II3
BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World *3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture***2 - 3
BIB 750Old Testament Theology **3
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling *1
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
THEO 712The Story of the Church and Its Theology***2 - 3

Expanding the Base

BIB 717Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB 718Advanced Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB 726Advanced Biblical Interpretation2
BIB 752New Testament Theology **3
BIB 756Old Testament Backgrounds3
MIN 760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST 716
THEO 760
HIST 718
The Evangelical Anabaptist Story
or Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith
or North American Religious History
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics* ***2 - 3

Practicing the Theory

Choose one

COUN 724
MIN 718
Interpersonal Communication ***
or Effective Contemporary Public Communication
2 - 3 or
MIN 732
MIN 740
MIN 742
MIN 793A
MIN 793B
Church Educational Ministries
or Preaching I
or Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
or The Practice of Ministry I and
The Practice of Ministry II

Capstone Learning

BIB 799
MIN 799
Senior Seminar - Old Testament*
or Thesis
or Thesis*
3 - 6
3 - 6
MIN 770OTMinistry Discernment - Old Testament0


 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.

***Must be taken as a 3 unit course