The M.A. in New Testament includes a 24 credit core curriculum consisting of advanced study of the New Testament. This degree encourages renewal in the local and global mission of the church by increasing the depth and quality of New Testament study among those preparing for or already engaged in ministry and vocational leadership.

Students may choose from four concentrations. Two courses in the Spiritual Formation and Leadership concentration require a one-week Tennessee residency.

Dr. Gregory Linton serves as program director for the Research and Customized concentrations. Dr. Jody Owens is program director for the Spiritual Formation concentration, and Dr. Jeff Snell directs the Preaching concentration.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 15
Spring: December 15

Dr. Gregory Linton
Program Director

Dept Contact


This degree offers four concentrations: Research, Preaching, Spiritual Formation & Leadership, or a customized concentration.

The Research concentration includes classes in Greek and the completion of an honors thesis or a research project. Program director is Dr. Gregory Linton.

The Preaching concentration includes classes in expository preaching, preaching and teaching for spiritual formation, and a preaching project. Program director is Dr. Jeff Snell.

The Spiritual Formation and Leadership Concentration includes classes in preaching & teaching for spiritual formation, the history of Christian spiritual formation, and a spiritual formation and leadership project. Program director is Dr. Jody Owens.

Students who choose the Customized concentration complete the core curriculum and a group of related courses agreed upon by the student and the faculty, including an integrating project or thesis. Program director is Dr. Gregory Linton.


Courses may include:

  • World of the New Testament
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • New Testament Theology
  • Romans

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.



Graduates with this degree often work in churches, parachurch ministries, higher education, and other faith-based organizations. This degree prepares graduates for vocational ministry, volunteer service and further graduate work in religion and theology.