Biblical Studies Department

The Biblical Studies Department at York University is committed to building a foundation of literacy and preparation for ministry. Whether your post-grad goals are graduate school or entering ministry, you can rest assured that you will be well prepared as a biblical studies major at York University. 

Special features of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies include:

  • A strong Biblical curriculum.
  • Strong support courses in ministry, doctrine, religious history, Biblical languages and philosophy.
  • An emphasis in Youth Ministry for the student whose basic intention is to focus on working with youth in local church settings. This emphasis will prepare students with courses in ministry, family studies, developmental psychology, and social structures. Biblical studies will provide an adequate foundation and tools for a balanced and productive ministry.
  • A summer intern program. Each Biblical Studies major is required to spend at least one summer working with a congregation. This helps the student to learn various aspects of ministry outside the classroom.


Degree Programs

Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with Ministry Emphasis

Youth Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with Ministry Emphasis


A degree in Biblical Studies provides the skills necessary to pursue rewarding careers in:

  • Preaching Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Mission Work
  • Vocational Ministry
  • Education
  • Chaplaincy
  • Theology
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Religious Organizations

Some of the courses you may take include: 

  • Elementary Greek
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • History of Religions of the World
  • The Work of the Minister
  • Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • The Prophets of Israel
  • The Life and Letters of Paul
  • Archaeology and the Bible

  1. The learner will demonstrate good exegetical skills and an understanding of basic principles of hermeneutics.
  2. The learner will communicate the Bible effectively within diverse cultural contexts.
  3. The learner will be prepared for graduate studies.
  4. The learner will integrate biblical studies with daily Christian living.
  5. The learner will be able to integrate healthy church leadership principles into ministry.


Bible Faculty

Our faculty members provide students solid biblical preparation, an understanding of humankind, and tools to continue the thoughtful pursuit of truth. Faith and learning are integrated in each course to prepare students for life--not just their professions. 

Dr. Garrett Best

Chair of the Biblical Studies Department
Professor of Bible

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Dr. Michael L. Case

Professor of Bible

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Dr. Terry R. Seufferlein

Professor of Bible

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Campus Ministries

Students can also get involved through York Campus Ministries (YCM) for hands on ministry experience. Students organize devotionals, worship nights, and prayer gatherings as well as receive guidance in developing leadership skills. 

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Transfer from Schools of Preaching

Students seeking admission to the Bible program must meet all the York University admission requirements. Graduates from Schools of Preaching may apply for up to 60 hours of transfer credit in Bible and Greek courses. To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies, the student must have completed a minimum of 120 semester hours, at least 32 of which must be in residence at York University. 

Transfer Admissions