Master of Arts in Theological Studies

MA in Theological Studies


The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a focused study in the classical theological disciplines with increased flexibility through electives and course delivery options. The MA(TS) is designed for those who seek to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and can serve as preparatory for doctoral studies.


The MA(TS) is a 45-credit hour degree program with coursework in the following disciplines:
- Religious Heritage (21 hours)
- Cultural Context (3 hours)
- Personal and Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
- Practicum and Integration (3 hours)
- Electives (15 hours)

This robust hybrid modality consists of weekly virtual conferencing, asynchronous online classes, and optional one week in-person intensives (called Convene). With access to our virtual classrooms, students will be able to develop relationships with fellow students, and faculty, from anywhere in the world. We offer three semesters during each academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

An accredited undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is expected for admission as a Regular Student.

International students, non-degree seeking students (including students seeking to audit), and students without a bachelor’s degree may view additional requirements here.

Up to 22 hours in graduate studies may be transferred towards the completion of the Master of Divinity. If you have more questions about transfer of credits or admission requirements, please see the Academic Catalog or contact us.

Tuition is $590/credit hour for Fall 2023 – Summer 2024. 97% of enrolled NTS students receive financial assistance. The office of financial aid is committed to coming alongside students to resource and help them make graduate-level education an affordable reality. The general scholarship application is embedded in the NTS application. View more about program costs, fees and additional financial aid options here.

For admission to a master's degree program, prepare to submit the following during the application process:

  • Three references: academic, pastoral, personal
    NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive).
  • 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • Formal Academic Research Paper (or 500-word formal essay)

Please be prepared to provide the following additional items:

For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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