Master of Biblical Studies | West Coast Baptist College

Master of Biblical Studies

Total Credit Hours: 
33

Average Completion Time: 
1 year

The Biblical Studies Concentration is a 33 credit-hour program designed to enhance one’s Biblical understanding, sharpen one’s exegetical skills, and develop an understanding of the theological themes of each book of the Bible.

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Advanced Hermeneutics

MBI 503

Credit Hours: 3


This course builds upon information gleaned either through observation, experience, or an undergraduate Bible Study Methods class. In this class, students will learn how the NT writers used the OT, and students will understand how Dispensationalism and Reformed Theology play a part in exegesis. Students will uncover common exegetical fallacies and how to use today's technology in light of Bible study.

Apologetics and Worldview

MBI 511

Credit Hours: 3


This course analyzes different worldviews with which Christians are confronted and provides an apologetic methodology useful in evangelizing people with non-biblical worldviews.

Systematic Theology

MBI 512

Credit Hours: 3


This course will study the nature and method of Systematic Theology and the application of a proper Theological method to carefully analyze various theological options on key issues.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
MBI 501 3

Old Testament Introduction

This course is an examination of the canon, text, inspiration, and interpretive data key to understanding the Old Testament. Detail will be given to the authorship, date, theme, liberal criticism, secular background, and historical background of Old Testament Scriptures.

MBI 502 3

New Testament Introduction

This course is an examination of the canon, text, inspiration, and interpretive data key to understanding the New Testament. Detail will be given to the authorship, date, theme, liberal criticism, secular background, and historical background of New Testament Scriptures.

MBI 503 3

Advanced Hermeneutics

This course builds upon information gleaned either through observation, experience, or an undergraduate Bible Study Methods class. In this class, students will learn how the NT writers used the OT, and students will understand how Dispensationalism and Reformed Theology play a part in exegesis. Students will uncover common exegetical fallacies and how to use today's technology in light of Bible study.

MBI 511 3

Apologetics and Worldview

This course analyzes different worldviews with which Christians are confronted and provides an apologetic methodology useful in evangelizing people with non-biblical worldviews.

MBI 512 3

Systematic Theology

This course will study the nature and method of Systematic Theology and the application of a proper Theological method to carefully analyze various theological options on key issues.

MBI 521 3

Advanced Biblical Counseling

This course is designed to give the student a further understanding of ministry through Scriptural counseling. All approaches to problems will be based on biblical principles rather than secular, humanistic reasoning and technique.

MBI 522 3

Doctrinal Synopsis

This capstone course in the Biblical Studies concentration provides the student an opportunity to write a summative research paper and defend the final product.

MCE 542 3

Advanced Philosophy of Christian Education

This course is designed to introduce the master's student to the subject of philosophy and how it relates to Christian education. The course will compare some of the philosophies used by the world in education and how the Bible either defends or condemns the use of such. The student will learn how to build a biblical philosophy of teaching and ministry focused on reaching students through Christian education and developing them in their spiritual maturity for God.

MRW 501 3

Research and Writing

This course is designed to equip the student with the ability to research, write, and format (Turabian) a masters’ level argumentative research paper. This course is intended to prepare students for writing assignments required in all concentrations within the MRE program. This course covers the research process, how to use the library resources, other research databases. Additionally, time will be given to the development of an argument along with basic writing and revision techniques.

PT 511 3

Servant Leadership

This graduate level course explores the philosophy of leadership commonly referred to as “servant leadership.” Students will explore both the academic and practial levels of leadership as well as understanding the foundational principle of humanity as was modeled by our Saviour.

PT 512 3

Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

This course explores the process of bringing a new convert into becoming a fruitful disciple of Jesus Christ. Emphasis is placed on becoming that disciple personally as well as becoming a discipler of others.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze and interpret the biblical passages from a dispensational hermeneutic.
  2. Integrate a greater understanding of Scripture into practical ministry experience.
  3. Articulate conservative doctrinal positions in light of current scholarly research.

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Key Faculty

Dr. John Goetsch

Executive Vice President

Rick Houk

Chairman of Bible Department

Dr. Paul Chappell

Founder and President

Dr. Mike Lester

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs