This degree prepares men and women for careers in teaching, pastoral leadership, research, Bible translation, para-church ministry and more. Learn from internationally recognized faculty in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies who have expertise in the Old and New Testaments, theology, archaeology, biblical interpretation, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Be equipped with transferable job skills valued by many employers such as analysis, research, communication, and critical thinking.
Are you a highly motivated student? You can complete this major in 3.5 years! (18 credits per semester) The biblical and theological studies degree may also be completed entirely online.
You can study abroad in Israel, be inducted into the national honor society Theta Alpha Kappa, present work to peers from neighboring Christian institutions, participate in an archaeological excavation in Israel, volunteer for service projects with Biblical and Theological Studies faculty, and get involved in local ministry.
Our theology students have been recognized by Zondervan Publishing House and received awards at our yearly Honors Convocation chapel to recognize their outstanding achievement in the study of biblical Greek, biblical Hebrew, and theology.
Northwestern is recognized as one of the best places to study the Bible in Minnesota and the nation. Our history includes ministers, evangelists, and missionaries like Billy Graham and Roger Youderian and many alumni who serve God in their careers.
When you complete this degree, you will meet all prerequisites for Northwestern's Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) graduate degrees. These programs are offered on campus and online, so whether you plan to stay in Minnesota or relocate, you can complete your graduate degree at Northwestern from anywhere in the world.
If you have a passion to study the Bible, want to understand important theological issues, and desire to have a career with significance, this might be the right degree for you.
You will learn to perform advanced biblical interpretation, evaluate current issues using theological methods, explain Christian theology, and develop your skills in communication, research, and analysis.
Some classes include:
There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in biblical and theological studies.
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.
Dr. Sickler has been teaching at University of Northwestern since 2008. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University. Besides his teaching ministry, he...Read Full Bio
Ken Young has been teaching at University of Northwestern since 1994. His areas of expertise include systematic theology, ministry, education ethics, race and ethnicity, and biblical counseling...
Boyd Seevers has been teaching Old Testament at University of Northwestern since 2000. Prior to Northwestern, he lived in Israel for eight years with his wife, Karen, and their four children. Since...