of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) provides a foundation in biblical
and theological studies essential to the responsible practice of Christian
ministry. The degree is especially appropriate for persons seeking a
specialized ministry in the congregational setting and for those wishing
to enhance the effectiveness of their volunteer or lay ministries.
Student Learning OUTCOMES
- The student will interpret passages of the
Old and New Testaments in light of their literary, historical,
and theological contexts.
- The student will articulate the fundamental doctrines of the
Christian faith reflecting knowledge of major theological traditions
Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist, Stone-Campbell).
- The student will demonstrate a readiness to serve as a minister
or lay teacher informed by a biblical and theological understanding
- The student will prepare papers, sermons, classes, and other
assignments employing research tools such as bibliographic
indices and databases
in biblical and theological studies (ATLA Religion Index, NT/OT
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Background Courses (12
GRK 3351-3352 New Testament Greek (6 hours)
CH 3312 Church History
CS 3350 Research and Writing in Theology
Biblical Studies (15
OT 6301 Reading the Old Testament
NT 6301 Reading the New Testament
NT 6313 Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching
6 hours of exegetically intensive text electives,
one in each testament
Church History and Theology (9 hours)
CH 6303 Traditions in Christian Theology and Ethics
CH 6302 Christianity in America
TH 6301 Introduction to Theology
Christian Ministry (9 hours)
MIN 6301 Introduction to Christian Ministry
MIN 6302 The Ministry of Preaching
MIN 6303 From Text to Sermon
Electives (9 hours)
three of the nine hours of electives may be taken in the Biblical Studies division.
Students with undergraduate work deemed adequate
as an introduction to a division's curriculum must substitute the equivalent number of semester hours of
graduate-level coursework within the same division.
• Attendance at six meetings of the monthly Student-Faculty
• Successful completion of the MATS Exit Exam in final semester prior
MATS Exit Exam Study Guide)
For more information, please contact Lauren Porter at email@example.com.
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