Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology launched a fully online version of their Master of Arts in Classical Theology to provide working professionals the opportunity to complete their degree.

The 36-credit, online program is a direct replica of their residential program of the same name. The Classical Theology program is ideal for students interested in pursuing a doctorate as the online masters program can be completed in 12 months, making it more accessible and affordable.

Modeled on Biola University’s undergraduate Torrey Honors College, the program draws deeply on the theological riches of the Christian tradition and employs a Socratic pedagogy. Instead of having designated textbooks, students will read classic expositions of Scripture, from many cultures and from across the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras.

“This program is designed to cultivate biblical and theological wisdom in its students from beginning to end. The faculty, course content, readings and thesis are jointly aimed at reaching a deeper understanding of the Bible and the theological texts that have shaped classical Christian theology in such a way that students are led into Christian wisdom and love,” said Dr. Ryan Peterson, associate professor of theology.

The program features courses directly related to specific areas of faculty expertise. Professor in the Torrey Honors College Dr. Fred Sanders will teach on the Trinity, associate professor of spiritual theology Dr. Kyle Strobel will teach on Jonathan Edwards and associate professor in the Torrey Honors College Dr. Adam Johnson will teach on the atonement.

Increasingly prominent in evangelical publishers’ catalogs are classical theological texts and books about classical theologians and their writings show a growing interest in classical theology within evangelicalism.

This program makes the study of classical theology more accessible to students and itis largely devoted to faculty-led discussion of classic Christian texts integrated around the interpretation of Holy Scripture. A faculty mentor is assigned to each student to help guide their studies and apprentice them in the discipline of Christian theology. Integration of theology, history and exegesis with personal spirituality for the sake of the church is the ultimate goal of class.

Students can apply now to be accepted for the online program for the next semester. in 2023. Learn more about the program on Talbot’s website.

Written by Charlotte McKinley, public relations intern. For more information, please email