Overview

The purposes of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) are to prepare whole and holy learners for teaching ministries in the church, and to equip others for further studies and eventual vocations of teaching, research, and witness in academic settings. The degree is also suited for those with a non-vocational interest in graduate-level biblical, historical, or theological studies. While their scholarly competencies will be closely assessed in respective courses, students will also be in purposeful dialogue with matters of spiritual and personal formation and leadership competencies particular to church-related teaching ministries and academic vocations in biblical, historical, or theological disciplines. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions;
  2. Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor;
  3. Capability and skills in the area of concentration;
  4. Intercultural competence for the purpose of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and
  5. Intentional integration of faith, learning, life, and practice.

The degree is awarded upon completion of 51 semester credits.

M.A. (T.S.) students are not required to declare a concentration. For those who choose to pursue a concentration, a complete list of all concentrations available is available in the "Concentrations" section of this program. Students who choose to earn a concentration may need to take independent studies or extend the length of time to degree completion in order to fulfill the requirements of a particular concentration. 

For complete degree requirements refer to the degree requirements page.

Campus and Delivery

  • St. Paul Face to Face
  • San Diego Face to Face
  • Online
 

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

St Paul, San Diego, Online

Core Requirements
BT510Hermeneutics3
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
or OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Requirements
OT518Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
or NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations
Concentration Courses and Electives
Electives (CBTF Courses) 112
Free Electives6
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP001Formation Assessments0
or SP002 Formation Assessments
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
Intent to Graduate Application
Total Credits51
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CBTF electives are any BI, BT, NT, OT, HS, TS, or PH courses. Students may complete a thesis to fulfill a portion of the required elective credits.

No concentration is required for this degree.  If a student is earning a concentration, specific concentration requirements will be taken instead of any CBTF course.

A minimum of 51 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.(T.S.) program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.

Concentrations

Biblical Studies

  • San Diego/St. Paul -Face to Face & Fully Online
  • M.Div., M.A. (Theological Studies)

The Biblical Studies concentration deepens students' understanding of the Bible’s history and its integrative themes, and equips them with additional skills for responsible interpretation of the biblical message. The concentration is also recommended as preparation for advanced degrees in biblical studies. Concentration requires 12 credits of courses in the Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Theology, Old Testament, and/or New Testament subject areas.

BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
BI, BT, OT, or NT Course3
Total Credits12

Theological and Historical Studies

  • San Diego/St. Paul - Face to Face & Online
  • M.Div., M.A. (Theological Studies)

This concentration acquaints students more fully with the theological resources of the Christian tradition and the church’s experience through the centuries. It provides opportunity to develop theological skills and to selectively appropriate from the Christian heritage what may be usefully applied to contemporary challenges and opportunities. The concentration is also recommended as preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. Concentration requires: 12 credits of courses in the Historical Studies, Theological Studies, and/or Philosophy of Religion subject areas.

HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
HS, TS, or PH Course3
Total Credits12

Academic Plans

The academic plans listed below serve as examples of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since each campus has its own path toward completion due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below. Academic plans for Spring starts are available through contacting the respective campus registrar's office.

San Diego: 2 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3Elective 3
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3 TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3 
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Elective 3 
SP002 Formation Assessments0   
 12 1.5 12 6
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3Elective 1.5GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3 
HS510 Church History Survey3 NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3 
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Elective 3 
 9 1.5 9 
Total Credits: 51

St Paul: 2 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3HS510 Church History Survey3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3 Elective 3 
Elective 1.5 Concentration Elective 3 
SP001 Formation Assessments0   
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0   
 10.5 1.5 12 3
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3Concentration Elective 1.5Concentration Elective 3 
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Elective 1.5 
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3 TS516 Christian Social Ethics3 
NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3 GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3 
 12 1.5 10.5 
Total Credits: 51

San Diego: 3 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5Concentration Elective 3Elective 1.5
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 
SP002 Formation Assessments0   
 6 1.5 6 1.5
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3Elective 1.5SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
HS510 Church History Survey3 TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3 
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Elective 3 
 9 1.5 9 3
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3Elective 1.5NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3 
Concentration Elective 3 GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3 
 6 1.5 6 
Total Credits: 51

St Paul: 3 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3HS510 Church History Survey3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 Elective 3 
SP001 Formation Assessments0   
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0   
 6 1.5 6 3
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3Elective 1.5Concentration Elective 3Concentration Elective 3
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3 NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 
Concentration Elective 1.5   
 7.5 1.5 6 3
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3Concentration Elective 1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3 
TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3 GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3 
Concentration Elective 1.5 Concentration Elective 1.5 
 7.5 1.5 7.5 
Total Credits: 51