Master of Arts in Old Testament
and Semitic Languages

Deerfield, IL

This program is for those who seek a greater understanding of the Hebrew Old Testament as well as its geographical, literary, and cultural background. You will dive deep into Hebrew and have the opportunity to study a second language such as Ugaritic, Syriac, or Aramaic. For those who desire to progress into further postgraduate work, this degree will prepare you well to meet the academic challenges of a doctoral program.

Bible and Theology Core - 9 Credits

ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God

Concentration Core - 24 Credits

OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis
OT 8950 Old Testament Research and Methods
ST 7695 Hermeneutics
Elective Studies in Old Testament

MA/OT Capstone 1-3 Credits

OT 7477 MA Major Comprehensive Exam
OT 7485 MA Thesis

Field Education

Option 1
PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters)

Option 2
ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters)
PT 5090 Field Education (1 semester)

Total 36-37 Credit Hours

“Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has provided me with the tools to explore, research, and analyze the depths of the Old Testament in a spiritual context. It has prepared me to enter a career of academics and lifelong pursuit embracing and loving the Old Testament.”

Riane McConnell ’22


Experience a classroom setting like none other. At Trinity, you will study under leading theologians, experts, and renowned authors in their specific field. Our professors will not only teach you but invest in your life. Hear from Dr. Monson and faculty how the MA in Old Testament program prepares you for your academic and ministry goals.


Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

“The Old Testament is a vibrant part of God’s self-revelation. Engaging these books is both life-giving and challenging, offering readers a glimpse of God’s redemptive work that spans ages, languages, contexts, and cultural differences. The MA in Old Testament and Semitic Languages provides students the skills to read this corpus faithfully. With a rich understanding of its significance for ancient readers, Christians are better equipped to appreciate the Old Testament’s relevance for the questions and challenges of contemporary life.”

Michelle Knight
Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages


In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent which includes 6 hours of undergrad Hebrew (with an acceptable score on Trinity’s Hebrew proficiency exam), 6 hours of theology, and 12 hours of Bible (not including beginning languages).
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred; scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 3.0.

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