Master of Arts in Theological Studies
What is a M.A.T.S. Degree?
A Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) 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 PHD program. This degree is also helpful for those who wish to enrich and strengthen their theological foundation. To meet the requirements for M.A.T.S. program acceptance, an individual must:
- Provide proof of Bachelor’s Degree completion
- Provide proof of English proficiency
Saint Paul School of Theology’s M.A.T.S. program requires 49 credit hours and can be completed in about three years. Our Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree is focused on theological discipline, languages, and applying theological awareness.
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 M.A.T.S. 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 M.A.T.S. program, Saint Paul students are introduced to courses in Bible, Theology, History and Ethics.
- Second year courses expand upon the information encountered in their first year of study, while the third year of the M.A.T.S. is focused on completing electives and additional higher-level courses. Students may take elective courses in toward a concentration in the following areas: Wesleyan Studies, Biblical Studies, Ethics, Historical Studies and Theological Studies.
Saint Paul’s M.A.T.S. degree program is similar to our MDiv program in the academic rigor of the program. However, the M.A.T.S. 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.