Masters in New Testament

Study the New Testament with professors Scot McKnight, Nijay Gupta, and Lynn Cohick no matter where you live via interactive live-streaming classes.

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, Nijay Gupta, and Lynn Cohick. 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. Click here for more details.

Distance students will attend an annual, week-long intensive class typically in late August or early September on the main campus. See here for affordable, low-cost housing while on campus.

MA Program Requirements

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.

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. You can learn more about the trip here.



Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context

Northern also offers of Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context, led by Prof. Scot McKnight. For more information, click here.



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