Master of Arts in Theological Studies

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.
MA in Theological Studies (MATS)
Core Requirements 3-4 36 units
OT515 Old Testament Survey (3) TH560 Hamartiology and Soteriology (3)
TH520 Biblical Hermeneutics (3) TH570 Ecclesiology and Eschatology (3)
NT510 Jesus & the Early Church: Gospels and Acts (3) TH580 Historical Theology or Elective (3)
NT520 Paul & the Later Church: Epistles and Revelation (3) AP501 Introduction to Apologetics (3)
NT530 NT Research and Methodology (3) RW499 Research Methods and Technology (P/F)
TH530  Prolegomena and Bibliology (3) CM501 Church/Mission Experience I (P/F)
TH540 Theology Proper and Creation (3) CM502 Church/Mission Experience II (P/F)
TH550 Christology and Pneumatology (3)
Complete Comprehensive Exam – Pass/Fail
Total Semester Credits: 36