Biblical Studies Degree

University of Northwestern puts the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word at the center of all activities. We believe the Bible provides answers to some of humanity’s basic questions and it defines principles and standards for determining the purpose for which all learning is to be used.

Learn from some of the top biblical scholars in the country:

  • Dr. Walter Schultz (Christian philosophy), is a Staley Distinguished Scholar
  • Dr. Michael Wise is recognized as one of the world's top scholars and authors on the Dead Sea Scrolls

As a biblical studies major, you’ll be equipped to articulate a biblical worldview, to interpret and apply biblical content and to think critically about theological perspectives.

The biblical studies major provides in-depth study of the Bible and Christian theology and is intended for students who wish to pursue seminary or an advanced theology degree in preparation for teaching or for any one who desires a high proficiency in biblical studies.

Professors' Areas of Expertise

Our professors have expertise in biblical studies, theology, philosophy, ancient languages, the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical interpretation, church health, leadership, urban ministry, archaeology, the intertestamental period, church history, apologetics, ancient warfare, and ethics.

Present your research at a conference!

Each year, UNW students join representatives from three other Christian colleges and universities in Minnesota to present at the Undergraduate Bible & Theology Conference, which is held in the Twin Cities. The conference gives students opportunity to present their research and engage in biblical and theological discussions.

Hear from our students and faculty

Students from the Biblical & Theological Studies program at Northwestern share about the community they experience, the deeper knowledge and understanding provided by faculty and the impact it's had on their lives.  

>> Visit the Department of Biblical & Theological Studies

>> Degree Requirements


Master’s Degrees in Theology

If you plan to pursue a theology degree at the graduate level after graduation, Northwestern’s Center for Graduate Studies offers two theology degrees:

Students who major in biblical studies at Northwestern meet all prerequisites for the the MATS degree. The MATS and M. Div are offered on site and online, so whether you plan to stay in Minnesota, or relocate, you can complete a graduate degree from anywhere!

What classes will I take?

  • Bible Customs and Geography
  • Elementary Greek
  • History of the Christian Church
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • World Religions

What can I do with this major?

  • Camp Administrator
  • Campus Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Teacher or Professor

Find out more about careers in biblical studies.

Note: Some jobs require additional education or certification.
What are UNW grads doing?

  • Many pursue seminary at Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and many more.
  • Many become pastors, professors and teachers
  • Communications Coordinator for the Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Assistant Chief of Police (St. Paul)
  • Program Counselor at ACR Homes
  • Security Officer at Trinity International University