Master of Arts Theological Studies

Program Overview

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS) is designed to provide the academic background and skills needed for engaging in advanced theological studies. The program seeks to provide the spiritual, intellectual, biblical, historical, and theological tools for sound theological research and teaching. The program is designed for students who wish to become better equipped for a focused ministry of teaching and/or research either in church, mission, or academic settings. The MATS is also well-suited for students who wish to go on for doctoral programs in Old Testament, New Testament, or theology.


Credit Hours: 60
Coordinator: Joel Houston

Bodner, Keith PhD
Affiliate Professor of Old Testament
Dawson, Dale DTh
Adjunct Faculty in Theology
Hackney, Amanda PhD
Adjunct Faculty in Theology
Hinderager, Carl PhD
Professor of New Testament
Houston, Joel PhD, FRHistS
Assistant Professor of Theology
Miller, David PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
Olmstead, Wes PhD
Professor of New Testament
   Requirements  Program Sheets

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate and apply an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Demonstrate growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate both depth and breadth of scholarship in the chosen area of concentration.
  5. Give evidence of their capacity to implement theological scholarship in a teaching and/or ministry context.
  6. Articulate a spirituality of scholarship that describes their approach to integrating academic learning into personal formation.


I. Core (12 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:
Personal Formation for Ministry *
New Testament
Old Testament
Theology Elective **

II. Theological Studies
BLST 717 The Former Prophets
   OR BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
   OR BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
THEO 761 The Patristic Fathers
Concentration requirements: ***
   BLST 602 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
   OR Hebrew Language (9 credits)
   OR Greek Language (9 credits)

III. Research
RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 808 Thesis ****
RD 806 Reading Course

IV. Electives
Concentration electives ***
Communication elective (for thesis and reading tracks)
Specialization electives: 12 credit hours of guided electives for specialization track, or 3 credit hours of open electives for thesis and reading tracks

V. Non-Credit Requirements
RD 700 Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview
THEO 891 MATS Comprehensive Exam

* Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
** If a student does not have sufficient background in theology, he or she should take THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview.
*** See Program Sheets for track and concentration details.
**** Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have the approval of the program coordinator in order to qualify to write a thesis.  Students who do not qualify or wish to opt out of the thesis must include RD 806 Reading Course (in the area of their concentration) and two electives (6 credits) typically in the area of their concentration.

Program Sheets

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