Masters in New Testament

Beginning in Fall 2019, the New Testament specialization will be available both as a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degree.

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

By studying the New Testament in its Jewish context with Professors Scot McKnight and Dennis Edwards, 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.

Do the Masters in New Testament from anywhere with Northern Live! 
The Masters in New Testament is one of the first cohort model Masters programs to be launched via Live Streaming at Northern Seminary. 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.

Available Format(s)

The program is available on campus or via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live). Distance students will attend an annual, week-long intensive class on the main campus. See here for affordable, low-cost housing while on campus.

Program Completion Time

This 57-credit, cohort based MA program is designed to be completed in 4 years. This includes one weekly class, typically on Monday 4:00–6:40pm CT, as well as, annual week-long intensives held on-campus. *The program can be completed more quickly, but the cohort tuition rate is forfeited and exchanged for seminary wide, per credit rate.

In-Depth Look

Throughout this program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural, religious and social contexts of the New Testament. While addressing the application of the New Testament in the context of church ministry, this remains an academic degree focused on an articulation of a better hermeneutic of the New Testament. Students will be required to master both biblical and cultural exegesis, demonstrated by their successful completion of a concise 50-75 page thesis.

MA Program Requirements

*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)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (NT 301)
  • Mission of the Apostles (tour) – NT 403
  • NT Contextual Theology (NT 406)
  • NT Story (NT 408)
  • NT Theology I – NT 412
  • NT Theology II – NT 413
  • Mission-shaped Church – MN 433

Core Courses:

  • The Pentateuch (OT 301)
  • The Former Prophets (OT 302)
  • Old Testament Theology (OT 458)
  • History of Christianity I (Early & Medieval) (CH 301)
  • History of Christianity II (Ref. & Modern) (CH 302)
  • Christian Theology I (TH 301)
  • Christian Theology II (TH 302)
  • Theology of Church and Culture (TH 303)

Final Thesis (MA 502) – 9 Standard Credits

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.

Convenient Schedule

The normal cohort class time for the NT program is Monday 4:00–6:40 Central Time. (On occasion, a class may be held Monday 7:00–9:40 or on a Tuesday.) The program also requires an annual one-week intensive class in late summer on our main campus in Lisle. MDiv students will take additional classes on other days of the week.

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.


2019-20 Tuition & Fees
Certificate $750 per class + fees
MDiv and Graduate Certificate $1,506 per class + fees
MDiv via Northern Live $1,590 per class + fees
MA $25,500 total
MA via Northern Live $27,500 total


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