The Catholic University of America

Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

Master of Arts

Prerequisites for the M.A.

  • A Bachelor degree, preferably in an area related to biblical studies and theology. Students with little or no background in theology and religious studies will be asked to take additional courses in these subjects at the 600 level as needed.
  • Six credit hours in introductory Hebrew.
  • Six credit hours in elementary and intermediate biblical Greek.

Degree Requirements for the M.A.

  • The M.A. requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
  • Nine credits in advanced Hebrew.
  • Nine credits in advanced Greek.
  • Six credits in exegesis (one seminar in OT; one in NT).
  • Six further credits in exegesis or a related area such as theology, archaeology, Semitics, the Ancient Near East, ancient languages.
  • M.A. thesis guidance as needed.
  • A reading knowledge of French or German demonstrated in accordance with school norms.
  • A written comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the coursework.
  • An M.A. thesis or, with the approval of the academic area director, two seminar papers.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

Prerequisites for the Ph.D.

  • A Master of Arts degree in biblical studies or a degree closely related to the field of biblical studies (M.Div., S.T.B., M.A. in theology). Students with an S.S.L or an S.T.L. in biblical theology may be eligible for advanced standing.
  • Nine credits in advanced Hebrew and nine credits in advanced Greek as prescribed for the M.A.

Degree Requirements for the Ph.D.

  • The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours beyond the M.A.
  • Fifteen credits in exegesis (OT and NT).
  • Six credits in a second ancient Language. For OT specialists this usually includes one of the following languages: Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, Ugaritic, Akkadian. For NT specialists this usually includes one of the following languages: Aramaic, Coptic, or Syriac. Semitic languages are offered through the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures of the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Nine further credits in exegesis or a related area such as theology, archeology, Semitics, the Ancient Near East, ancient languages.
  • Doctoral dissertation guidance as needed.
  • A reading knowledge of French and German demonstrated in accordance with school norms.
  • A comprehensive doctoral examination.
  • The completion and successful defense of the dissertation.