Master of Arts in Theological Studies

The MATS deepens graduates’ understanding of the Bible and its teaching. Students pursue the MATS for personal enrichment, to enhance their ministries as leaders and teachers in their churches, or to prepare for further study.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an acceptable grade point average. Students who lack an undergraduate degree may be awarded the Certificate in Theological Studies by completing the same curriculum.

The MATS curriculum requires 60 hours of courses as outlined below. The degree can be completed in as little as two years of full-time study.

Bible (15 hours)

  • BI 502 Principles of Exegesis (required 1st year)
  • 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 do not pass the Bible Challenge Exam

Theology (12 hours)

  • ST 601 Systematic Theology I
  • ST 602 Systematic Theology II
  • ST 603 Systematic Theology III
  • Ethics Elective

History (6 hours)

  • CH 501 Early and Medieval Church History
  • CH 502 Reformation & Modern Church History

Other (6 hours)

  • CE 551 Spiritual Formation (or HT 560 Reformed Spirituality)
  • PM 501 Introduction to Theological Education

Capstone Project or Thesis (3 hours)

Bible and Theology Electives (12 hours)

Free Electives (6 hours)

Students may choose to take a nine-hour concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies (nine additional hours of courses in BI, NT, OT)
  • Biblical Greek (Biblical Greek I, II, III)
  • Biblical Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew I, II, III)
  • Theological Studies (nine hours of additional courses in ST, CH, HT, MS)
  • Practical Ministries (nine hours of additional courses in PM, WP, CE, CO)

Students interested in using the M.A.T.S. as preparation for further study (i.e., Th.M., Ph.D.) should complete concentrations in both Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew and write a thesis.