Master of Arts in Theological Studies
The MATS degree equips you for ministry leadership by deepening your understanding of the Bible, theology, and church history. Students typically pursue the MATS to enhance their ministries as leaders and teachers, for personal enrichment, or to prepare for further study.
The MATS equips you for ministry leadership in the following ways:
48 credit hours
The MATS is available entirely online or through any combination of online and on-site coursework that suits your needs. You can complete the 48 credit hour degree requirements in about two years of full-time study.
Following is a sample course schedule.
- PM 502 Christian Vocation and Transformation
- BI 501 Bible Survey*
- BI 502 Principles of Exegesis (required of first-year students)
- OT 501 Old Testament I
- OT 502 Old Testament II
- NT 601 New Testament I
- NT 602 New Testament II
*BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who have not passed the Bible Challenge Exam. Students who complete the exam may use the 3 hours for an elective in Bible or Theology/Church History
- ST 601 Systematic Theology I
- ST 602 Systematic Theology II
- ST 603 Systematic Theology III
- Ethics Elective
- CH 501 Early and Medieval Church History
- CH 502 Reformation & Modern Church History
- HT 560 Reformed Spirituality (or CE 551 Spiritual Formation)
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- Students interested in using the MATS as preparation for further study (i.e., ThM, PhD) should take biblical Greek or biblical Hebrew for their elective hours and are encouraged to write a thesis as the culmination of the degree.