The Catholic University of America Master of Arts in Biblical Studies will expand and deepen the student’s initial education in biblical studies.

It prepares students to engage in independent research in various domains pertinent to the study of scripture, including Old Testament, New Testament, septuagint studies, ancient languages, and more. It promotes a thorough and rigorous foundation for further graduate studies in the area of biblical studies and ancient languages.


  • 30 credit hours, including nine credit hours in advanced Hebrew; nine in advanced Greek; six in exegesis; and six further credits in exegesis or a related area such as theology, archaeology, Semitics, the Ancient Near East, ancient languages.
  • Proficiency in French or German in accordance with school norms.
  • Thesis or, with the approval of the academic area director, two seminar papers.


  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in an area related to biblical studies or 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.