Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS)

If you are considering a career in teaching or want further graduate theological education, this two-year degree will deepen your understanding of the Christian faith and enhance your research and leadership skills. Focused around reflection and study, this degree program allows for concentrated study in a single discipline.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college of university; provide an official transcript

Three essays:

  • Autobiographic essay reflecting on your spiritual journey and/or call to ministry
  • Analytical essay on a specific topic of theological interest or concern
  • A brief essay identifying your area of academic interest and how this study will inform your life and work

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Course work

102 credits (regular courses are 6 credits / 3 hours); 54 required and 48 elective


  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity: Apostolic Erat to 1650
  • Theology: Doctrines and Themes
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics (or Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, or Moral Issues)
  • 3 courses, 1 each from 3 departmental areas: Christian Education, Leadership & Administration, Mission & Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Preaching, Worship & Music