Degrees

Master of Arts [Theological Studies] (M.A. [Theological Studies])

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 60-hour Master of Arts [Theological Studies] applies Christian theology to contemporary issues, life and ministry through your study of church history, doctrine, ethics, philosophy and systematic theology. This theology degree prepares you in the practical Christian disciplines needed for teaching in congregations, para-church organizations, Christian institutions or for pursuing a postgraduate degree.

Upon completing your degree you’ll demonstrate a fresh understanding of the essential content, historical development and philosophical and ethical dimensions of Christian theology. Your theological degree won’t be theory only. You’ll be able to apply those concepts to contemporary issues in Christian life and ministry.

Study online. Stay on mission with our new hybrid degree tracks.

Master of Arts [T.S.] in Spiritual Formation—Equip yourself to answer your call to ministry wherever God calls you through a focused study of scripture, theology, history and spiritual practices within the Wesleyan tradition. As you study the classical texts from the early Church to the present, you’ll not only be grounded in the historic content of the Gospel, but also learn how to integrate your theology into your daily life.

Master of Arts [T.S.] Philosophy & Apologetics—Focus your study in church history, doctrine, ethics, philosophy and systematic theology to develop a Wesleyan theological perspective. Throughout your study, you’ll gain the analytical framework needed to articulate, explain and defend Christian belief and faith credibly, morally and spiritually. Your fresh understanding of historic orthodoxy will allow you not only to enrich the believing community, but also to interact with a non-believing world.

As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to

  1. Cultivate holy love of God and neighbor through both knowledge and practice in the Christian disciplines of service and grace.
  2. Understand the essential content, historical development, and philosophical and ethical dimensions of Christian theology.
  3. Understand the scriptural basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance of the Wesleyan theological perspective.
  4. Relate Christian theology, history, philosophy, and ethics to contemporary issues and Christian ministry.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.

Advanced Standing

Save time and money with our advanced standing program. Here’s how it works.

If you received a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university, you can receive a maximum of 18 credits toward a master of divinity degree or 12 credits toward a master of arts degree.

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Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring

Summer

Fall

 

January 15

May 15

August 15

  • Application Form
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • M.A. and M.Div. programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0, except for the MA(BS), MA(TS), and Counseling programs, which require a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay 
    • Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
    • What draws you to this particular area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    • Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
  • Four references
    • 1 Pastoral
    • 1 Academic
    • 2 Professional/Peer References
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete your degree without leaving home by taking a portion of your classes online and completing the remaining through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

The M.A. [Theological Studies] program is offered at the following locations:

Kentucky (Wilmore)
Orlando
Memphis
Online

Master of Arts [T.S.] Philosophy & Apologetics—Concentrate your study in church history, doctrine, ethics, philosophy and systematic theology to develop analytical viewpoints from the Wesleyan theological perspective.

Complete this 60-hour degree in three years with online classes and three, one-week campus visits. World-renowned scholars integrate theology, history, sociology, ethics and leadership into your coursework that’s designed specifically for your ministry context. Through campus-visits, online courses and practicums, you’ll gain a community of life-long friendships and practical skills to be a creative and innovative ministry leader without uprooting yourself or your family.

Proposed degree pathway:

FA 16 (Residential) CD501 & OT520 JA 17

SP17

TH501 & NT520

SU17

PH501

FA 17

MS501 & CS601

 JA18

GE

SP18 (Residential)

CH/SF720 & NT (IBS) 510 

SU18

TH601 

FA 18

CH501 & TH701

 JA19

 SP19

CH502 & PH600

SU19 (Residential)

TH620 

FA 19

PH605 & CS/TH631

 JA20

SP20

PH610 & GE 

 

Master of Arts [T.S.] Spiritual Formation–Educate and equip yourself to answer your call to ministry through a focused study of scripture, theology, tradition and practices within the Wesleyan tradition.

Complete this 60-hour degree in three years with online classes and four, one-week campus visits. World-renowned scholars integrate theology, history, sociology, ethics and leadership into your coursework that’s designed specifically for your ministry context. Through campus-visits, online courses and practicums, you’ll gain a community of life-long friendships and practical skills to be a creative and innovative ministry leader without uprooting yourself or your family.

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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

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Master of Arts Required Courses
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry 
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 MS501 Missional Formation
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 NT520  New Testament Introduction
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
3 NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511 Inductive Bible Study
Theological Studies Required Courses
3 CH502 Church History–Two
3 PH501 Philosophy of the Christian Religion
3 TH701 Contemporary Theology
Concentration Courses
3  SF503 Life of Prayer
3 SF601 Spiritual Direction
3 SF625 Theology and Spiritual Formation
3 TH620 Doctrine of the Person & Work of Christ
3 CS/TH631 Public Theology: Engaging the World
3 CH/SF720 Readings in Christian Spirituality
  Elective Courses
6 Any SF Course  

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Master of Arts Required Courses
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry 
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 MS501 Missional Formation
3 NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511 Inductive Bible Study
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 NT520  New Testament Introduction
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
Theological Studies Required Courses
3 CH502 Church History–Two
3 PH501 Philosophy of the Christian Religion
3 TH701 Contemporary Theology
Concentration Courses
3 PH600 Suffering, Tragedy and Christian Faith
3 PH605 Science and Christian Faith
3 PH610 Christian Apologetics
3 TH620 Doctrine of the Person & Works of Christ
3 CS/TH631 Public Theology: Engaging the World
3 CH/SF720 Readings in Christian Spirituality
  Elective Courses
6 Any PH Course or TH610 Triune Thesis, CH753 Aquinas, CS/TH631 Public Theology, CS639 Embodiment, CS654 Morality/Modernity  

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually to help you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Master of Arts

60 credits

$575/credit hour

Total

 

$34,500

Academic Year 2015-2016

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$75 per semester

$50 per semester

Graduation Fee

$90 one-time fee

$50 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester

Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Specific scholarships will be offered in the form of an invitation to those who meet the eligibility requirements.  

Part-Time Scholarship for Incoming Fall 2016 Students

Many people desire an Asbury Seminary experience. However, because of life, workload, expenses and the possibility of relocation, may never further their education. Our Part-Time Student Scholarship program is designed with the working adult in mind. It’s easy and flexible!

The Part-Time Student Scholarship awards new students up to $1,000 per semester and up to $3,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for complimentary housing during intensive classes.

Criteria includes:

  • Enrollment in one of these degree programs
    • Master of Arts in Leadership
    • Master of Arts [T.S.] with concentrations in Philosophy & Apologetics or Spiritual Formation
    • Master of Divinity via distance learning
  • Participate in two Christian service activities per year
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Continuous enrollment required for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms

To apply once admitted to the Seminary:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Contact aid@asburyseminary.edu to inquire and apply.

Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarships

The Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarship is a $12,000 annual award given to those pursuing a theological degree. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.

Criteria includes:

  • Commitment to begin active ministry through local church ministry, church planting or mission work following graduation
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually)

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on the way your intended vocational goal and this scholarship will better enable you to accomplish God’s call on your life.

Presidential Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship exhibit both outstanding academic and leadership skills. This scholarship covers up to 100% of tuition.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative 3.75 GPA
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually) & a 3.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through involvement in a local worship community
  • Participate in a minimum of four Christian service activities annually
  • Commit to begin active ministry following graduation

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on how you anticipate a Seminary education will equip you for future leadership.

Johnson International Scholarship

The Johnson International Scholarship is a need-based scholarship, covering up to 100% of tuition. The scholarship is available to non-U.S. residents who plan to assume leadership roles within their home country after graduation.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and regular service in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service OR a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA and notable leadership in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate faithful involvement in a local worship community, as well as the Seminary community
  • Complete an Asbury Seminary-approved financial planning seminar or workshop during the first term of study to re-qualify for subsequent terms
  • Commit to enter into active ministry in his/her homeland following completion of academic work

To be eligible for additional scholarship, complete the International Student Questionnaire Form. This form will be made available to you once the admissions process has started.

Special Scholarships

These scholarships do not require an invitation and are generated from either Endowed or Restricted funds. Recipients of Special Scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need. You must complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive these scholarships.

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