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Save time and tuition by integrating your B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Be prepared to serve in an academic setting, church or para-church organization. Get advanced training in theology, Bible interpretation, and biblical languages. Complete 14 graduate credits in your undergraduate program to finish your master's degree faster.
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Why choose the accelerated Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) at Northwestern?
This streamlined track saves you time and money as you add a master's degree to your portfolio. Complete 14 graduate credits as part of your bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Wrap up the remaining 22 credits during one additional year of graduate study on site or online.
Gain valuable insight by studying theology by themes (biblical theology) and categories (systematic theology). Grow in your faith as you learn how views have been shaped over time (historical theology).
Excel in biblical studies with advanced courses in Bible interpretation methods. Enrich your study of God's Word by learning New Testament Greek and biblical Hebrew.
Understand Scripture on a deeper level as you study the cultural and historical setting of the Bible. Gain awareness of personal and cultural biases in biblical interpretation.
Discover and develop the gifts God has given you to serve in an academic or ministry setting. Be thoroughly prepared for a meaningful career.
Explore the option to write a master's thesis contributing to one of these fields of study:
- Old Testament Studies
- New Testament Studies
- Theological Studies
Writing a master's thesis is especially helpful if you are considering doctoral studies. You'll improve your skills in critical thinking, project management, and writing.
Learn from accomplished faculty scholars with expertise in the Old and New Testaments, theology, archaeology, biblical interpretation, Septuagint studies, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Be equipped with transferable job skills in communication, research, and analysis.
During your undergraduate program
Enjoy all the benefits of a traditional undergraduate student as a Biblical and Theological Studies major:
- Participate in chapels
- Engage in theological discussions in a non-denominational setting
- Study abroad in Israel
- Be inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society
- Present a paper to your peers at a local conference
- Volunteer for service projects
- Be rewarded for your achievements in Greek, Hebrew, and theology
- Deepen your understanding and appreciation of God's Word
Join Northwestern’s legacy of Christian leaders like Billy Graham, Roger Youderian, and many alumni who serve God faithfully.
Because of the accelerated nature of this program, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your enrollment advisor and our faculty team as soon as possible. To add a Master of Arts in Theological Studies to your professional arsenal, you must first apply to Northwestern to be admitted. Next, submit an application for this accelerated program through the Biblical & Theological Studies department. Dedicated scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are provided in addition to the Northwestern financial aid package.
If you have a passion to excel in the study of God's Word, analyze and apply theological concepts, and impact the world for Christ, this might be the right degree for you.
What will you learn?
You will learn to perform advanced biblical interpretation, evaluate current issues using theological methods, and explain Christian theology.
Some classes include:
- Elementary and Intermediate Greek
- Biblical Theology
- Second Temple Judaism
- Contemporary Issues in Theology
My time as a student in the Biblical and Theological Studies department has prepared me not only to be a well-rounded student of Scripture, but to be a well-informed citizen of Christ’s Kingdom.
Meet your professors
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.
Meet the entire department