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
BTh 733 NT Use of the OT (3)
Th 717 Contemporary Theology and Ethics
Th 720 Readings in Ethics (2)
Th 628 Contemporary Theologies (2)
Th 722 Studies in Ecclesiology 2
Th 742 Colloquium in Christian Theology
Th 840 Thesis (4)
HTh 703 Patristic and Medieval Theology
HTh 704 Reformation and Post-Ref Theology
Electives (choose 5-9 units)  
HTh 704 Reformation and Post-Ref Theology
HTh 703 Patristic and Medieval Theology
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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