MATS

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

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The online Master of Arts in Theological Studies equips non-vocational ministry professionals and ministry leaders with a strong theological foundation, enabling them to serve with confidence and apply Scriptural truths to their life, work, and ministry.

Westminster’s integrated training will prepare you to:

Gain a holistic understanding of Scripture, the person and work of Christ, the characteristics of God, and the development of doctrine throughout church history.

Engage with foundational theological truths to understand the relationship of God, humankind, and creation.

Winsomely and effectively apply theological truths to personal, professional, or ministry contexts.

Demonstrate biblical principles of leadership in order to serve humbly and effectively.

at a glance

Credit Hours

36

Years To Complete

1.5–3

Delivery Platforms

on-campus only
online only
Both On-campus & Online

Original Languages

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“Since I started the program, I now have a richer, more robust understanding of the Scriptures -- especially redemptive history and God’s fulfillment of covenantal promises throughout the 66 books of the canon.”

Bruce Wissinger, Current MATS Student
integrated training
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program combines the study of theological foundations with practical application under the guidance of expert faculty and instructors.
Our curriculum is crafted to be cumulatively sequential and thoroughly integrated.

Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.

Core Courses
9 Courses
  • Bible Survey

  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation

  • Introduction to Systematic Theology

  • Doctrine of God

  • Old Testament for Application

  • New Testament for Application

  • History of Christianity OR History of Christianity II

  • Union with Christ

  • Introduction to Apologetics

Electives
3 courses
  • Biblical Theology of Worship

  • Christianity and Culture

  • History of Christianity I or II

  • Science and Faith

  • Dynamics of Biblical Change

  • Theology and Secular Psychology

  • Helping Relationships

Note: Students are only required to take one of the two church history courses. With regard to the counseling courses, a maximum of one counseling course may be applied to the electives. First priority in these courses will be given to Master of Arts in Counseling students.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theological disciplines and their understanding of their importance for matters of life and ministry through the completion of a summative evaluation. Students may complete one of the following to fulfill this requirement: Comprehensive Exam, Integrative Paper, Capstone Project.
Westminster’s expert faculty is made up of dynamic biblical scholars who are personally invested in mentoring and training the next generation of specialists in the Bible.

Lecturing Faculty

William Edgar
Apologetics
Nate Shannon
Apologetics
Chad Van Dixhoorn
Church History
Brandon Crowe
New Testament
Iain Duguid
Old Testament
Jonathan Gibson
Old Testament
David Garner
Systematic Theology
Vern Poythress
Systematic Theology
Sinclair Ferguson
Systematic Theology
Richard Gaffin
Systematic Theology

Instructional Faculty

Nathaniel Sutanto
Apologetics
Jason Pickard
Church History
Ben Dunson
New Testament
Thomas Keene
New Testament
Peter Moore
New Testament
Stephen Fix
Old Testament
Stephen Lewis
Old Testament
Jeffrey Stivason
Systematic Theology
GET A TASTE OF OUR ONLINE COURSES

Our online courses leverage innovative technology and high-quality production to deliver excellent content in engaging formats.

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies will prepare you to serve in a wide range of contexts.

MATS STUDENTS & ALUMNI SERVE IN:

Business leadership

Non-profit administration

Pastoral & church ministry

K–12 education

Church deaconship & eldership

Cross-cultural missions

AVAILABLE 100% ONLINE

To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Master of Arts in Theological Studies fully online.

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THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE:

A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Greater flexibility that fits your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.

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THE ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE:

Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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FLEXIBLE PROGRAMS THAT FIT YOUR LIFE

Our online programs are designed to fit your schedule. Complete courses at your own pace and start your degree during any of our five entrance terms.

Jan

January Term 2022

9 weeks   |   January 3–March 5

Mar

March Term 2022

10 weeks   |   March 7–May 14

June

June Term 2021

10 weeks   |   June 28–September 4

Sept

September Term 2021

10 weeks   |   September 6–November 13

Oct

October Term 2021

10 weeks   |   October 4–December 11

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Theological Studies Certificates

Not ready to commit to a full degree? Westminster now offers three distinct certificate options, with each certificate comprising three of our graduate-level courses from the MATS program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the MATS prepare me to become an ordained pastor?

This program is designed for Christians who are leaders within and outside of the church who want an introduction to the core aspects of their Christian faith and its relevance to their life and work. Those considering pastoral ordination should consider Westminster's MDiv degrees.

How long does it take to earn an MATS degree?

The degree timing is flexible, but most students finish in 1.5–3 years.

Is the MATS an accredited program?

The MATS is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.

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