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M.A. in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) is for the student whose concentrated studies are to be in church history, doctrine, ethics, philosophy and/or systematic theology. Generally, this degree does not include training in pastoral skills. The MATS has a General Academic option (coursework only) and a Research option (with a modern research language and a thesis). This is a 60 hour program.

Anticipated Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the essential content, historical development, and philosophical and ethical dimensions of Christian theology
  • Understand the scriptural basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance of the Wesleyan theological perspective.
  • Apply Christian theology to contemporary issues and Christian life and ministry.
  • Analyze theological viewpoints and contemporary issues from the Wesleyan theological perspective./li>

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CH502 Church History—Two [PRQ: CH501]
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 PH501 Philosophy of the Christian Religion
3 NT520 / OT520 New Testament Introduction -or- Old Testament Introduction
3 Theological Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: CH, CS, PH, TH
3 Theological Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: CH, CS, PH, TH
Final
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 NT520 / OT520 New Testament Introduction -or- Old Testament Introduction
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH701 Contemporary Theology [PRQ: TH501]
3 Theological Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: CH, CS, PH, TH
3 Theological Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: CH, CS, PH, TH
3 Theological Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: CH, CS, PH, TH
As Needed
3   Elective Course
3   Elective Course
3   Elective Course

Various Ways this Degree Could be Utilized Once Completed

  1. Use it as a credential for admission to a doctoral program.
  2. Become an associate pastor
  3. Become a missionary
  4. Head up the educational ministry of a local church
  5. Become an administrative assistant to a bishop
  6. Pursue a career in religious publishing
  7. Teach laypeople in a local church
  8. Become a staff member of a Washington think tank concerned about religious liberty
  9. Become a researcher for a legal firm that takes on religious liberty cases.
  10. Write a Christian novel.
  11. Pursue a ministry of teaching in Bible institutes, Christian high schools,  local churches, parachurch organizations and community colleges
  12. Further equip pastors to keep abreast with ever-changing theological and apologetical issues and movements in the contemporary world.
  13. Equip laypersons who desire to be more effective in their workplaces and local churches through an increased understanding of theology.