Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree - Available as Fully Distance Program

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.  

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. 

This degree (either track) can be done as a fully-distance program so that students may earn it by taking courses online, via video-conference and/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…

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