Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree (MA(TS)) exists for two specific groups of students, represented by its two tracks:

The GENERAL ACADEMIC TRACK is for students who desire familiarity with the major theological disciplines and to deepen their understanding of Christian faith.  This track is now eligible as a fully-distance program so that students may earn this degree by taking courses online, via video-conference or by enrolling in a one-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). Learn more here

The RESEARCH TRACK is for students who intend to pursue further study in a theological discipline.  It is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge in their chosen area of study and the advanced research and writing skills necessary for doctoral-level work. 

Dr. Joseph Coleson, Director of the MA(TS) program, shares an overview of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies).

MA(TS) General Academic Track Course of Study (48 Credit Hours)

  • 27 hrs of Prescribed Course Work, including Christian Scriptures, Church History, Theology & Philosophy
  • 21 hrs of Electives

MA(TS) Research Track - Biblical Studies Concentration Course of Study (48 Credit Hours)

  • 36 hrs of Prescribed Course Work, including Christian Scriptures & Thesis
  • 12 hrs of Electives


MA(TS) Research Track - Christian Thought & History Concentration Course of Study (48 Credit Hours)

  • 36 hrs of Prescribed Course Work, including Church History, Theology, Philosophy & Thesis
  • 12 hrs of Electives