The Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College is recognized by the Province of Alberta, and the MA (Biblical Studies) degree is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). This degree is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit under the DLI number 019256741082.

Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)

This graduate-level academic degree program is designed to equip students with the skills for in-depth study and interpretation of the Bible. Designed as a liberal arts degree with a high standard of academic rigor, the focus of the degree is to gain biblical content knowledge and skills in biblical interpretation. As such, the MBS would be of most interest to students desiring to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Scriptures through intensive study. This program would thus strengthen lay people and leaders serving in church, para-church, or other mission agencies. Typical completion time is 2-3 years full-time.




1. The prerequisite for this degree is a B.A. degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university.

2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in bachelor’s degree study, or if transferring into the MBS degree at the master’s level, a cumulative gpa of 3.3 from both bachelor’s and master’s level study. Students need to maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout this degree program.

3. A total of 48 credit hours is required for the completion of the degree.

Degree Outcomes


1. Graduates will have gained a survey knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments.

2. Graduates will demonstrate hermeneutical skills with facility in at least one of the biblical languages.

3. Graduates will have the ability to apply biblical truth to life and ministry.

Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)
Biblical and Language Studies
2B1311 Old Testament I 3
2B1312 Old Testament II 3
2B2311 New Testament I 3
2B2312 New Testament II 3
2B3213 Biblical Interpretation 2
2B3214 Biblical Backgrounds 2
Choose either Hebrew or Greek:
2L1311 Biblical Hebrew I 3
2L1312 Biblical Hebrew II 3
2L2311 Biblical Greek I 3
2L2312 Biblical Greek II 3
Old or New Testament Book Studies 6
2P2250 Capstone Research Project *
2P2450 Capstone Thesis * 4
Total 30 or 32
Theological / Historical / Missional Studies
2T1213 Christian Theology I 2
2T1214 Christian Theology II 2
2H1214 History of Christianity 2
Total 6
Leadership / Character / Praxis
2E2221 Effective Bible Teaching 2
2P3215 Spiritual Formation 2
Total 4
Free Electives
Credit Hours 8 or 6
Total credits hours for Master of Biblical Studies (MBS) 48
* Comparison of the Capstone Research Project and Capstone Thesis
Capstone Research Project Capstone Thesis
Begins one month before the academic term Begins one month before the academic term
2 hours credit 4 hours credit
Completed in 1 semester Completed in either 1 or 2 semesters
Done in final semester of study Done in either the final semester or 2 semesters – after a mid-program review
30 page research project 60-80 page research project
Demonstrates competency in Bible interpretation and understanding Demonstrates a high level of competency in Bible interpretation, understanding, critical thinking, and engagement with scholarly
Descriptive project leading to a conclusion Critical analysis built from a thesis,statement and leading to a conclusion

Recognized by the Province of Alberta. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).


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