you for your interest in Admission to our Master of Arts in Theological
Studies program. Below
you will find instructions and forms to complete the process. Please
do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions. We
look forward to helping you complete your Master's degree.
The MATS consists
of 42 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, distributed
among biblical studies, history and theology, and ministry. The
course of study is intended to
be completed in two (2) years of full-time study, but part-time
students may take as many as five (5) years for completion.
||Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
||Official transcripts for all credits previously attempted, sent directly to Austin Grad from the institution(s).
||Three letters of reference (including one from a professor and one from a minister or leader of the congregation where the applicant is actively involved).
||Application for Admission
||$25 Application fee
stating the applicant’s goals in ministry and reasons
for pursuing the Master of Arts.
||A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in one’s bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the Master of Arts. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.5 may be considered for provisional admission.
||If you are under 30 years of age, you must show evidence that you have received the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination (student must have received vaccination at least 10 days prior to the semester he or she is enrolled). Attendance will be denied if documentation is not received 10 days prior to start of class. Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
||Students for whom English is a second language must document a paper-based test score (PBT) of 550 or an internet-based test score (iBT) of 80 or higher on the TOEFL.
Austin Graduate School of Theology accepts
transfer hours from regionally accredited institutions. No transfer
credit under the grade of B will be accepted.
Program (printable version)
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 to graduation.
MATS Exit Exam Study Guide)
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