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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

MATS
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
DEGREE
48
HOURS TO COMPLETE
2
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
Degree Plan
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The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. This degree offers helpful study for lay leaders and people who desire a more informed perspective on faith and life. A Capstone project allows students to integrate classroom learning with practical application.

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS)

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach 3
OT500 OT History & Theology 3
PT310 Spiritual & Ministry Formation 2
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
Electives‡ 2
NT500 NT History & Theology 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God & Humanity: Foundations of Counseling 4
Electives‡ 2
Total Units: 23 0 10 2 11
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
CC561 Calling, Vocation & Work 2
ST330 Christ & Salvation 3
WM310 God’s World Mission 3
Electives‡ 5
Electives‡ 2
CH200 Story of Christianity 3
MA298 Capstone Supervision 2
ST350 Spirit, Church & Last Things 2
Electives‡ 3
Total Units: 25 2 11 2 10

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
CURRICULUM UNITS 48 (34 core hours; 9 Bible and systematics elective hours; 5 unrestricted hours)
SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

‡ 9 elective hours must be in Bible (courses with the OT or NT prefix) and systemic theology (courses with the ST prefix), with at least 2 hours of OT, 2 hours of NT, and 2 hours of ST. Electives may be taken in any term.

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergraduate GPA. Application must be complete by January 31. An on-campus interview must be complete by February 28. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural ministry with a focus on city and/or international ministry in light of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.