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Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

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Designed especially for lay leaders and others seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, the MATS helps students increase their knowledge of the Bible and bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings both inside and outside the church. The program culminates in a Capstone project that integrates the many levels of classroom learning with practical, real-life application. The degree may be pursued through several options: on-campus full- or part-time study (day or evening), or through our new fully online option.

MATS Evening Program

The Seminary now offers an MATS Evening Program for those desiring to pursue the degree part-time through evening classes. Discounts are available for groups of three or more taking classes for credit. This is an excellent way for local churches or other ministries to train leaders, or for anyone to grow in understanding and living out their faith.

NEW! Fully Online MATS Option

In addition, students may now pursue the MATS fully online. This newly revised and accredited version of the MATS is the same degree program offered on campus, but allows students to take all required classes part-time online. Thus, the program is ideal for those who are unable to leave current jobs or ministry settings to move to St. Louis, as no on-campus residency is necessary for this option. (NOTE: The online option will take longer than the usual two years for full-time, on-campus study.)

The online program offers:

  • The same content taught by the same professors as our on-campus courses.
  • The flexibility to move through the full program at your own pace while completing individual courses according to established schedules.
  • Opportunities for regular interaction with professors and fellow students in an online learning community through discussion forums, video conferencing, and group projects.
  • The possibility of applying a limited number of credit hours toward a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.

See a list of our Course Offerings for 2014-2015.

See a full list of all our Course Descriptions.