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
  • Fully Online

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

St Paul, San Diego, Online

Core Requirements
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

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.


Master of Arts (Theological Studies) 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 plan listed below serves as an example of what completing the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) could look like. This plan is for illustrative purposes only. Variations in course availability may occur due to differences in delivery system, campus, starting term, and other factors. Individual students will consult their academic advisers to create a custom plan based on start term, length of completion, language options, and student preference.

3 Year Completion

First Year
BT510 Hermeneutics3Free Elective 1.5HS510 Church History Survey3CBTF Elective 1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3  
SP001 Formation Assessments0 Free Elective 1.5  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0    
 6 1.5 7.5 1.5 3
Second Year
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3CBTF Elective 1.5NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3CBTF ElectiveL 1.5TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
CBTF ElectiveL 3 CBTF ElectiveL 3  
 6 1.5 6 1.5 3
Third Year
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3CBTF Elective 1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3  
Free Elective 3 GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3  
 6 1.5 6  
Total Credits: 51

 Language Option: MA(TS) students who want to include a Biblical language could take these CBTF Electives as language courses.