Master's in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies offers specialized study in apologetics, intercultural studies, and biblical, historical and systematic theology. The MATS is a two-year program consisting of 48 credits.

Program outcomes

At the completion of the MATS program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and defend their ethical and theological system.
  • Have a basic awareness of the history of Christian theology and spirituality, and respectfully engage traditions other than their own.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for constructive theological reflection.
  • Perform scholarly independent research.
  • Produce and defend scholarly research papers and/or a thesis.

Vocational options

This program of concentrated theological study prepares students for a variety of vocations in ministry and theological education. The MATS is suitable for:

  • Senior and solo pastors, associate pastors and program staff, and church planters with significant ministry experience who desire further education in Bible and theology.
  • Adult ministry leaders in local churches.
  • Campus and parachurch ministry leaders.
  • Teachers in Christian primary and secondary schools.
  • Future doctoral students in theology, intercultural studies or the humanities.
  • Persons engaged in speaking and writing ministries.

For further details and information on admission and graduation requirements, please download our catalog, call 877.251.6560 or contact Admissions.

Student story

Tawny Johnson is a literary agent whose Master of Theological Studies degree equipped her for working with Christian authors.

Advanced standing option

Graduates from an accredited Bible college or Christian university may be eligible for advanced standing with credit. A total of up to 12 units may be waived from the program, leaving 36 units to complete. Courses that may be waived are: Bib 501, Bib 502, Bib 503, Bib 504, Bib 509, and either Th 507 or Th 508. See the university catalog for more information about advanced standing.

Online option

Our MA in Theological Studies program is fully available online. That means you can earn your degree anywhere, anytime. Learn more about MU Online.

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2017-18 is $520/credit.

View cost details and financial aid options here.