Master of Arts in Bible Exposition



42 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 28 months


Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC

The MA in Bible Exposition provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. It prepares students to teach or preach as a member of a church staff or as part of a para-church ministry.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to the mission statement and general objectives and requirements of a Columbia Biblical Seminary (CBS) degree, the objectives of the MA in Bible Exposition degree are to enable students to:

  • Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text
  • Trace key themes in Scripture
  • Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth

Program Format

  • The Master of Arts in Bible Exposition degree is available fully online in an 8-week format or in a residential 16-week format.

  • Hybrid residential/online format available

  • Complete in 28 months, taking one course at a time

Why Study Bible Exposition with Columbia Biblical Seminary?

  • Time- and cost-efficient degree design

  • Centered on Scripture, integrating biblical interpretation with spiritual formation and ministry skills

  • Learn how to communicate the Bible in a variety of practical ministry contexts

  • Taught by faculty who are actively engaged in exposition through preaching, teaching, and research

  • Logos Bible software is offered to registered students at no additional cost

  • Nationally and regionally accredited

Next online class starts May 8, 2023

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Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Statement of Faith
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned with a minimum 2.5 GPA for the most recent degree obtained.
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church Leader Reference



Our Master of Arts in Bible Exposition graduates pursue the following positions:

  • Assistant/associate pastor

  • Non-pastoral staff teacher

  • Para-church ministry teacher

  • Marketplace Bible teacher

  • Bible institute teacher