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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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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 2014-2105.

See a full list of all our Course Descriptions.

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
NEW Early Action option for MAC: Apply by Nov. 1 and hear back from us by Dec. 15. Regular Action applications must be complete by Jan. 31. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term. See "Learn More" for details.
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 or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship along three degree track options: the General track, the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship track and the FSI Cultural Apologetics Fellowship track.
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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. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through the EVENING PROGRAM or our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
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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.