Master of Arts in Theological Studies
What is a MATS Degree?
A Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) degree is a master’s level degree that is designed primarily for individuals who are interested in continuing their education by earning a doctorate degree or entering a Ph.D. program. This degree is also helpful for those who wish to enrich and strengthen their theological foundation. To meet the requirements for MATS program acceptance, an individual must:
- Provide proof of Bachelor’s Degree completion
- Provide proof of English proficiency (international students)
Saint Paul School of Theology’s MATS program requires 38 credit hours and can be completed in two years.
Saint Paul School of Theology is proud to offer a Flexible Learning EXperience (FLEX) course system that allows students to be in charge of how they will receive their theological education. Have a busy schedule? Thanks to Saint Paul’s FLEX system, that isn’t a problem. You can choose from online, hybrid, and on-campus courses. Students enrolled in the MATS degree program who are taking hybrid courses at Saint Paul will be enrolled in online courses, but will be expected to attend on-campus classes during FOCUS week each semester. With the exception of FOCUS week, students will complete coursework in an online format.
- During the first year of the MATS program, Saint Paul students are introduced to courses in Bible, Theology, and History.
- Second-year courses focus on completing electives in the student's area of study, research, and thesis writing. Students will engage in significant scholarship work, including at least one historically marginalized perspective, on a selected topic of study.
Saint Paul’s MATS degree program is similar to our MDiv program in the academic rigor of the program. However, the MATS program does not require contextual education or practicum courses for degree completion. If you would like to learn more about program similarities and differences, please view the MDiv page or contact the Office of Admissions.