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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Faculty

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)

Foundations
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-715Elementary Hebrew I3
BIB-716Elementary Hebrew II3
BIB-720*The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
BIB-750**Biblical Theology I3
MIN-705*Mentoring/Connecting1
MIN-750A
or MIN-750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
1.5
1.5
THEO-705Christian Thought3
Expanding The Base
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-717Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB-718Advanced Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB-726Biblical Interpretation II2
BIB-752**Biblical Theology II3
BIB-756Old Testament Backgrounds3
MIN-760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST-716
or THEO-760
or HIST-718
Evangelical Anabaptist Story
Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions
North American Religious History
3
3
3
THEO-730*Discipleship and Ethics3
Practicing The Theory

Choose one:

CodeTitleUnits
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication3
MIN-732Church Educational Ministries3
MIN-740
or MIN-742
Preaching I
Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
3
3
MIN-793A
and MIN-793B
Supervised Ministry Experience I
Supervised Ministry Experience II
1.5
1.5
Capstone Learning
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-790*
or BIB-799/MIN-799*
Senior Seminar
Thesis
3
6
MIN-770*Ministry Discernment0
Electives
  • 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.