Master of Arts in New Testament : MANT

Program Type

Masters Degree


54 Hours


4 Years

The Master of Arts in New Testament (MANT) provides an in-depth exposure to New Testament studies with additional study in the Old Testament, church history, and theology. The focus of this program is to genuinely explore the hermeneutics of doing New Testament theology.

Program Description

Transform the way you do life and ministry with Northern Seminary’s Masters in New Testament or MDiv with specialization in New Testament degree.

Study the New Testament with Professors Scot McKnight and Nijay Gupta. The life of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John — among other characters like Junia and Priscilla and Phoebe and Mary — are seen in a refreshingly new way. Class after class, you will feel your confidence rising as a competent minister of the gospel, built on a solid foundation of biblical understanding and application.

Throughout this program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural, religious, and social contexts of the New Testament. We address the application of the New Testament in the context of church ministry as we focus on an articulation of a better hermeneutic of the New Testament. Students will master both biblical and cultural exegesis.

Delivery: On Campus or Distance

The program is available on campus or via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live). Smart classroom technology enables you to interact with our premier faculty and engage in Northern’s vibrant classroom experience without leaving your faith community. Distance students will attend an annual, week-long intensive class typically in late August or early September on the main campus.

Tuition and Scholarships

Students may apply for scholarships awarded by need and merit. Learn more >

Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context

Northern also offers of Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context, led by Prof. Scot McKnight.

Requirements for Completion

This 54-credit MA program is designed to be completed in 4 years. This includes one weekly class, on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, as well as annual week-long intensives held on-campus.

*Master of Divinity students will complete these NT specialization courses as well as the other Master of Divinity requirements.

Click here for an updated Progress Report to help you to stay on track.


Specialization Courses:

  • Orientation to NT Studies (NT 401)
  • Gospel and Acts (NT 307)
  • Greek Tools and NT Interpretation (NT 418)
  • Mission of the Apostles (tour of Turkey and Greece) (NT 403)
  • NT in Context (NT 406)
  • NT Story (NT 408)
  • NT Theology I (NT 412)
  • NT Theology II (NT 413)
  • Christian Formation & the Church (NT 303)
  • Final Project
  • Thesis (NT 509)
    • or Professional Project (NT 511)
    • or Portfolio (NT 513)

Christian Heritage Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • Pentateuch, Poetry and Wisdom Books
  • Historical Books and the Prophets
  • Women in the OT
  • Gospels and Acts
  • New Testament Letters and Revelation
  • Women in the NT
  • Christian Theology I
  • Christian Theology II
  • Theology and Gender
  • History of Christianity I (Early & Medieval)
  • History of Christianity II (Ref. & Modern)
  • Women in the Early Church
  • Women of Color in the Church
  • Introduction to the Black Church

Click here for an updated Progress Report.

Immersive Context Trip

The program concludes with a two-week trip to Greece and Turkey, following in the footsteps of Paul.


Check out our most common questions:

When does the next academic term begin? 

Northern Seminary does not run on a traditional semester calendar. Classes begin every 10 weeks. Open enrollment allows you to register throughout the year.

Are the classes virtual or in-person?

Northern classes are primarily virtual but include several in-person sessions per year.  

What are the costs for the program?

You can find tuition information here. You can also contact Josh Carney at 630.620.2188 or at

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by filling out this application.

Are there scholarships available?

You can find scholarship information here.

Can I sit in on a class to get a feel for the program? 

Call and or email Greg Armstrong at 630-620-2175 or for upcoming Taste of Northern events, which allow potential students to sit in on several of our current classes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Reach out to Greg Armstrong, Director of Enrollment, at  

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