The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is an entry level 36 unit program that may be completed in as little as one (1) year, but is designed for 24 months of full time study (9 units per semester). Students may also complete the same program as a Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS).
This course of study is strong in classical theology. It is specially suited for lay persons seeking to engage in non-professional Christian ministry by developing a theological and apologetic understanding of the doctrines of Christianity. The program provides foundational theological training for those who desire greater effectiveness in church ministry, evangelism, theological education, missions, apologetics and personal study of God’s Word. Upon completion of the MATS degree, the student will have demonstrated knowledge in systematic theology, Christian apologetics and competence in Old and New Testament content. The MATS student learning outcomes are:
- To effectively explain the fundamental classical theological doctrines.
- To evaluate theological claims in terms of whether they are hermeneutically and theologically sound.
- To assess and respond to issues that arises within the church, para-church, and other ministry venues in a hermeneutically and theologically sound manner.
- To compose well-researched, hermeneutically and theologically sound research essays.
|Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)|
|Core Requirements – 36 units|
|OT510 Old Testament Survey (3)||AP501 Christian Apologetics (3)|
|NT515 New Testament Survey (3)||Elective (3)|
|TH520 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)||Elective (3)|
|TH530 Prolegomena and Bibliology (3)||Elective (3)|
|TH540 Theology Proper and Creation (3)||RW499 Research Methods and Technology (P/F)|
|TH550 Christology and Pneumatology (3)||CM501 Church/Mission Experience I (P/F)|
|TH560 Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology (3)||CM502 Church/Mission Experience II (P/F)|
|TH570 Ecclesiology and Eschatology (3)|
|Complete Comprehensive Exam – Pass/Fail|
|Total Semester Credits: 36|