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MA(TS) Degree Now Available as a Fully Distance Program

Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that its Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree (MATS) is now available as a fully distance degree.* Students may earn this degree by taking courses online, via video-conference or by enrolling in a one- or two-week module course in Kansas City or at any of the Seminary’s multi-campus sites (Bethany, OK; Mount Vernon, OH; Nashville, TN; Quincy, MA). 

“We are delighted to offer the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree as a fully distance program.  Serious, sustained graduate-level study is available from virtually any location, and at your own pace,” shared Dr. Joseph Coleson, Professor of Old Testament and Director of the MA(TS) degree program.  “Stellar faculty on the five campuses of NTS will provide guidance and serve as your mentors, whether your goal is to specialize in a single theological discipline—Old Testament, New Testament, Christian History, Christian Thought/Theology—or to gain a generalist’s understanding across several disciplines. Please contact us to learn how we can assist you—because God’s call deserves serious preparation.”

The MA(TS) degree offers a strong theological foundation designed to equip the minister for faithful and effective ministry. The general academic track* is for students who desire familiarity with the major theological disciplines and to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.  To learn more about the MA(TS) degree, or to start the admissions process, please contact the NTS Office of Admissions and the Registrar at or 800.831.3011, ext. 5442; or log on to

“It is exciting to be able to offer a fully distance degree to our constituents,” reflected Dr. Roger Hahn, NTS Dean of the Faculty and Professor of New Testament.  “We are grateful to our accrediting agency, the Association of Theological Schools, for removing any residency requirement from this particular program so that students can earn the degree right where they live (via online and video conference courses), and/or by taking a course or two at any of our campuses.” 

* The MA(TS) has two tracks; currently only the Academic Track (not the Research Track) is offered as a fully distance program.

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Reader Comments (2)

The fully online MATS is a Godsend for me. I have been hoping for the NTS to offer it for some time. I am a current student in NBC's online BA in Bible and Theology Program and do not believe God has called me to serve in the pastorate but rather in the academy. My sincere hope is that the details of the MATS Research Track (if it is coming) are worked out by 2014 when I will be looking to apply to NTS.

02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Z

I agree with Steve. I would love to be able to do the MATS Research Track online as well this year. If it's meant to be, it will.

01.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
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