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MA in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) offers specialized study in biblical, historical, and systematic theology, apologetics, and intercultural studies. The MATS is a two-year program consisting of 60 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.

Program of Studies

MATS - Standard Track
Spiritual Formation  
SF 511 Principals of Spiritual Formation I 2
SF 512 Principles of Spiritual Formation II   2
English Bible  
Bib 509 Biblical Interpretation   3
Bib 747 Methods of Theological Research   2
Select 3 courses from the following:  
Bib 501 Genesis-Song of Solomon 4
Bib 502 Isaiah-Malachi 3
Bib 503 Acts, Pauline Epistles 4
Bib 504 Gospels, Hebrews-Revelation 4
Theology/Biblical Theology/Ethics  
Th 507 Christian Theology 1 4
Th 508 Christian Theology 2 4
BTh 633 Methods in Biblical Theology
OR
BTh 733 NT Use of the OT (3)
3
Th 717 Contemporary Theology and Ethics
OR
Th 720 Readings in Ethics (2)
and
Th 628 Contemporary Theologies (2)
3
Th 722 Studies in Ecclesiology 2
Th 742 Colloquium in Christian Theology
OR
Th 840 Thesis (4)
3
HTh 703 Patristic and Medieval Theology
OR
HTh 704 Reformation and Post-Ref Theology
3
Electives (choose 5-9 units)  
HTh 704 Reformation and Post-Ref Theology
OR
HTh 703 Patristic and Medieval Theology
3
HTh 715 Traditions in Christian Spirituality 2
IS 642 Theology of Cultural Engagement 2
IS 701 Christian Theology and World Religions 3
BTh 738 John and Johannine Theology 2
General Electives 10
          TOTAL Required 60

 

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 18 units may be waived from the program, leaving 42 units to complete. Courses that may be waived are: Bib 501, Bibe 502, Bib 503, Bib 504, Bib 509, and either Th 507 or Th 508. See the university catalog for more information about advanced standing.

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