Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

This degree seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of theology that simultaneously increases knowledge of the faith and incites the humble adoration of the mysteries of divine revelation. Students are able to concentrate their study in one of four areas: A: Biblical Studies, B: Historical Theology, C: Systematic Theology, D: Pastoral Theology. Those preparing for teaching or advanced studies will wish to explore this degree program. A student who completes the MATS can expect to demonstrate:

Program Outcomes

  • critical thinking
  • excellent writing skills
  • methodological rigor
  • ability to integrate disciplines
  • openness (academic)
  • spiritual component
  • depth of knowledge
  • competence in designated areas
  • connection to academy (SBL, AAR, CTSA)
  • capable of producing work for publication

Program Overview:

15 courses (45 credits)

  • All-Course Track
    • 2 Foundational Courses:
      • C215 Orientation to Theological Studies
      • I350 Introduction to Research
    • 8 Areas of Concentration Courses
    • 5 Elective Courses in other Areas
  • Thesis Track
    • 2 Foundational Courses:
      • C215 Orientation to Theological Studies
      • D214 Spiritual Formation
    • 8 Areas of Concentration Courses
    • 3 Elective Courses in other Areas
    • Thesis (equivalent to 2 courses)

Courses

C215 Orientation to Theological Studies

This course orients students to the various aspects of theological studies and the way theology functions in a faith community. Key issues such as faith, revelation, scripture, tradition, human experience, and worship are explored with an eye to how they are integrated into the entire discipline of theology. The course aims at helping the student develop a framework in which to understand how one engages in critical theological reflection in light of human experience in general and pastoral/ministerial life in particular.

D214 Spiritual Formation

This course provides a broad introduction to the ways in which people appropriate the mystery of faith, the process entailed in that appropriation, and an overview of the history of that process and the types of experience which have emerged in that history. Students can achieve reflective understanding of their own practice, develop it more consciously and be enabled to appreciate and assist others in this area of ministry.

I350 – Introduction to Research

A basic introduction to the process and issues of theological research with particular attention to (a) methodologies, (b) strategies, and (c) skills. Students will become familiar with various approaches to research in general and theological research in particular. Students will acquire a variety of skills ranging from compiling research bibliography to evaluating scholarly work and writing a thesis proposal. A complete list of Master of Arts in Theological Studies Electives can be found here.

Please contact Dr. Matthew Kuhner, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, for further details.

Contact Dr. Kuhner