Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Goal

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a research and education focused degree designed to enhance student acquisition both of knowledge and critical reasoning, research and writing, and pedagogical/teaching skills in the general field of Christian theological studies.

Learning Outcomes

It is expected that all students completing the MATS will demonstrate:

  1. Critical reasoning skills
  2. Appropriate use of research methods and resources
  3. Effective writing for the task at hand

Curriculum

The M.A. (Theological Studies) degree requires the successful completion of 48 credit hours. Students can complete the M.A. degree in three years with full­-time study (9 credit hours per semester).

The program offers two tracks:

RESEARCH TRACK - for students who desire foundation for further studies in the theological disciplines at the doctoral level. Students may choose to specialize in Biblical Studies, Christian Heritage, or Theology

HB501 Hebrew Bible I
HB502 Hebrew Bible II
NT501 New Testament I
NT502 New Testament II
CH501 Christian Heritage I
CH502 Christian Heritage II
TH501 Constructive Theology I
TH502 Constructive Theology II
ET501 Christian Ethics
MA503 Research Skills I (1.5 credits)
MA504 Research Skills II (1.5 credits)
MA507 Thesis (6 credits)
ELECTIVES (Students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses. 9 elective credits will be in an area of specialization.)

*Research track students will also need to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew or Greek.

GENERAL TRACK - for students who wish to explore the theological disciplines to become more effective in the local church or for personal enrichment

HB501 Hebrew Bible I
HB502 Hebrew Bible II
NT501 New Testament I
NT502 New Testament II
CH501 Christian Heritage I
CH502 Christian Heritage II
TH501 Constructive Theology I
TH502 Constructive Theology II
ET501 Christian Ethics
MA501 Living World Religions or MA502 Sociology of Religion
MA503 Research Skills I (1.5 credits)
MA504 Research Skills II (1.5 credits)
MA506 Capstone Project (3 credits)
ELECTIVES (Students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses. 9 elective credits will be in an area of specialization.)