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Theological Studies

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College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning

Theological Studies

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Graduate

36 credits

required for program

Available online

36 credits

36 credits

required for program

Available online

Learn advanced principles of biblical interpretation from internationally recognized professors and how to apply them to central theological issues. The theological studies graduate degree examines biblical studies, systematic theology, apologetics, and ethics. This degree prepares you to teach in a church or academic setting.


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to earn Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies after five select courses

Why do theological studies at Northwestern?

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is offered either fully online or on-site (meets one night a week for 4 hours). This degree can be completed in as little as 18 - 22 months. Our program also fulfills the requirements for 36 credits of the Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree.

Grow in your faith with individualized classes and study with renowned Christian professors who have expertise in areas including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old and New Testaments, minor prophets, and more.

If you desire to gain a deep understanding of the rich theological truths found in Scripture and to guide others in leadership roles or professional ministry, explore how our MATS degree can set you on your path.

What will you learn?

You will explore church history, develop critical thinking skills in theology, and learn to communicate effectively.

Some classes include:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • History of Christianity
  • Apologetics
  • Theological Prolegomena
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I have been very impressed by the quality of scholarship present here at Northwestern, some among the top in their field in the world...And not only the faculty’s dedication to excellence in their fields, but to engaging their expertise with students. It has been a privilege to discern unique viewpoints from each of my professors from their specialized knowledge and life experience.
Kyle Otto, MATS Graduate

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