Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Purpose of the Program

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is a 72-hour program designed for those who desire to serve the church or a church-related ministry. Interdisciplinary Studies provides a well-rounded biblical and theological understanding of the Christian faith in relation to other disciplines. Students also may develop a concentration in one of two areas: New Testament or Apologetics. A minimum of 28 hours in a specific area must be taken to establish a concentration. The program is for the following:

  1. Christian workers in positions where a graduate degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation which would not otherwise be possible;
  2. Those who need a general seminary education and wish to gain further knowledge in the areas of theology and biblical studies; and
  3. Those who desire to develop expertise in either New Testament studies or Apologetics.

 

The standard academic prerequisite for the MATS is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have read and signed that they are in agreement with and will uphold the Doctrinal Statement, that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission.

Program Requirements

AT 5500 Theological Writing & Terminology 4
TH 5301 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 4
Systematic Theology Electives (3) 12
Old Testament Elective 4
New Testament Elective 4
Practicum Elective 4
Theology Electives (2) 8
Global Leadership Electives (2) 8
Counseling Electives (2) 8
Leadership Electives (4) 16
Total Hours = 72

Program Requirements

AT 5500 Theological Writing & Terminology 4
TH 5301 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 4
Systematic Theology Electives (3) 12
NT 5218 Elements of Greek 4
NT 5221 Introduction to Greek 1 4
NT 5222 Introduction to Greek 2 4
New Testament Electives (5) 20
Old Testament Elective 4
Apologetics Elective 4
Field Ministry or Practicum Elective 4
Interdisciplinary Electives (2) 8
Total Hours = 72

Program Requirements

AT 5500 Theological Writing & Terminology 4
TH 5301 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 4
Systematic Theology Electives (3) 12
TH 5322 Introduction to Apologetics 4
TH 5323 Worldviews and Christianity 4
TH 5324 Philosophy and Christianity 4
Apologetics Electives (4) 16
Biblical Language Electives (2) 8
Old Testament or New Testament Electives (2) 8
Interdisciplinary Elective 4
Field Ministry or Practicum Elective 4
Total Hours = 72

 

Program Application

Download the Master’s Program Application

Note: Before beginning any graduate program, students intending to seek ordination or licensing for Christian ministry and/or vocational opportunities (religious or secular) should be knowledgeable of the specific requirements of their denomination, synod, religious organization, military association, or vocational institution to determine the applicability of this degree to meet those goals.

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