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Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

This program of study facilitates an understanding of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on exegesis using advanced hermeneutics and various exegetical resources.

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program facilitates academic preparation for preaching, teaching, Bible-based ministry, and further graduate studies. Students will learn fundamentals of biblical Greek as well as advanced skills in biblical research and writing.

  • Understand the basic content and themes of the Word of God, to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Understand the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

This program requires 8 courses (or 24 credit hours), which can be completed within 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

Total Cost: $8,110

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 per course. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of Manna U’s Board of Directors.

2022 - 2023 Graduate Tuition Rate

$290 per credit hour


Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses

Select 24 Credit Hours From The Following Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MENG 500Graduate Student Orientation0
MBIB 501New Testament Introduction3
MBIB 502Old Testament Introduction3
MBIB 503Advanced Hermeneutics3
MBIB 504Advanced Theology I3
MBIB 505Advanced Theology II3
MBIB 506Biblical Greek I3
MBIB 507Biblical Hebrew I3
MBIB 601Historical Biblical Leaders3
MBIB 602Biblical Issues for Leadership3
MBIB 603New Testament Exegesis3
MBIB 604Old Testament Exegesis3
Total Credit Hours:24


To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@manna.edu, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I “do” with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree?

    This degree is ideal for those in Pastoral Ministry who preach or teach, those interested in a career in Biblical Studies or Theology, or those who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and want to know more about the Bible.

  • Does this degree require you to take a Biblical language course?

    Yes. This degree requires all students to take both MBIB 506- Biblical Greek I and MBIB 507- Biblical Hebrew I, as well as exegetical courses utilizing Greek and Hebrew. 

  • My Bachelor’s Degree isn’t in Biblical Studies/Divinity/Etc. Can I still pursue this degree?

    Absolutely! This degree includes both Old and New Testament Introduction, which teach both content and underlying hermeneutical theories behind the study of both the Old and New Testaments.

Student Story

Jeff's Story

Like most of today’s college students, Jeff leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“The local church is the hope of the world and Manna University is effectively training those who will lead the cause of the church to pursue their mission with reverence, wisdom and excellence.”

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.