Questions and Answers about the Master of Theology in Biblical Theological Studies

Why ABTS?

ABTS believes in the holistic formation of leaders and seeks to help transform its students not only intellectually, but also affectively and behaviorally. The curriculum is not based on developing theologians who are detached from the realities of life and of the local church. Rather, it is based on the importance of theological reflection on the local context of the church so that it effectively serves its community. ABTS does not seek to create identical copies of students. Rather, it respects the individuality of each student’s thinking and personality as created by God. ABTS seeks to refine students’ characters through holistic formation, critical thinking, academic research, and theological training.

How does ABTS support the students in their studies?

ABTS works with students through its theological programs and faculty to theologically prepare them as best as possible. Students can participate without having to leave their ministry, family, or work. ABTS accompanies students throughout the whole period of study to enable them to reach the peak of their potential and fulfill God’s calling for their lives. This will reflect positively on their church in its local Middle Eastern context. In order to achieve this desired outcome, ABTS works on developing postgraduate studies in theology (MTh and PhD) to develop local theologians and writers who serve the Church in its Arabic context.

Who is the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies designed for?

The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary has designed the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies for all up-and-coming theologians who want to further their theological and academic abilities to enrich the Arabic Christian library with local Arabic-language resources produced by Arab thinkers who are engaged with and understand their contemporary culture. The MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies is also a preparatory degree for all those who would like to move on to the doctorate program later.

What are the theological and biblical courses that I will study in the Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies?

The MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies at ABTS is based on two foundations: Theological studies and Biblical studies. These are supplemented by a Research Methodology course that sharpens the student’s research and academic writing skills. These three foundational elements form the basis for the student’s thesis/final research project, which is the culmination of all that the student has gained during their studies. The MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies is a 90-ECTS credit program.

How long does it take to complete the Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies?

ABTS provides two options for part-time study needed to complete the degree and is working on developing a full-time option.
Option 1: Three years and a half of 15 hours of study per week.
Option 2: Two years and a half of 25 hours of study per week.
Option 3: A year and a half of full-time study. This option is still under consideration and is yet to be offered by the seminary.

What is the nature of the program?

The MTh Biblical and Theological Studies is an online program that only encourages students to come to Lebanon for the graduation ceremony. The Seminary has designed this program to lighten the burden of travel and its costs on the students to provide students with an opportunity for higher theological education at the lowest cost possible.

What are the needed student qualifications for the program?

Applicants must have completed a first degree in theology to qualify for the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies program. Holders of undergraduate degrees in fields other than theology must have completed the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits or the equivalent of the first year of study in the Bachelor of Theology program to be able to apply for the MTh program.

Is proficiency in the English language needed for the Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies?

Yes, proficiency in the English language is needed for studying in the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies program. Applicants must have taken the TOEFL exam or an equivalent language proficiency test to be accepted. The program is taught in Arabic, but the student needs to engage with theological resources in the English language for course readings and research. Seminars could be held in English and without translation. The students need to understand the content, engage with the professor, and engage with other students.

Is the degree accredited?

The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is an accredited member of the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) and the Middle East and North Africa Association for Theological Education (MENATE). All our degrees were re-accredited by ECTE in 2023 and MENATE in 2024.

What if a student wants to pursue higher education in theology?

Since the programs at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary are accredited by the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) (review previous question), the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies allows students to continue their theological education worldwide, specifically with other seminaries that follow the educational standards of ICETE (International Council for Evangelical Theological Education).

What other programs are provided at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary?

The currently provided degrees are:
Certificate in Ministry – Online
Bachelor of Theology – Hybrid
Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies – Hybrid
• Master of Theology – Online
Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies – Online
• PhD in Theology in collaboration with 2 other seminaries in the region

How much does the Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies cost?

The vision and mission of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is to serve the church in the Arab world by equipping faithful men and women for effective service. Therefore, ABTS makes every effort to provide scholarships that cover the cost of study. The cost of one credit is 150 US dollars, which is equivalent to 13,500 US dollars for the entire degree. ABTS, through its partners, supports students who cannot afford the full financial cost of the program by a maximum of 90%, making the study available to leaders and servants. Each student must complete a financial form before starting the program to ensure that scholarships go to the students most in need.

What is the difference between the Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies and the Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies?

There are several key differences between the two master programs ABTS offers. The MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies is a second degree in theology (i.e., it requires (the equivalent of) a Bachelor of Theology, whereas the MTh in Middle Eastern Studies only requires a bachelor’s degree. The first program focuses on the classical theological disciplines, whereas the MTh in Middle Eastern Studies focuses on the realities of the church in the Middle East. That is, both programs are theological in nature, but they have a different focus. The MTh in Middle Eastern Studies offers two tracks: a practice-oriented and a research-oriented track, whereas the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies is fully research-oriented. Finally, the MTh in Middle Eastern Studies brings together students from the Arab region and students from outside the region, whereas the MTh in Biblical and Theological Studies focuses exclusively on Arab students.