required for program
$520 per credit
Northwestern Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) students receive biblical and theological training to equip you for effective ministry or work in academic settings. You will study hermeneutics, biblical and systematic theology, and apologetics as you prepare for advanced ministry roles or build a foundation for further theological studies toward a Master of Divinity or doctoral degree.
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is online or on-site (which 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 (M.Div.) degree. Grow in your faith with individualized classes and study with Christian professors. They are experts who have studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old and New Testaments, and minor prophets.
A graduate certificate in Christian Studies can transfer credits toward our MATS, MAML or MDIV degrees.
Note: Roles in some settings may require additional education or training.
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career outlook for theology graduates
to earn Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies after five select courses
You will think deeply about God and the Scriptures, broaden your understanding of Christianity, and strengthen your ability to communicate its teachings.
My MATS degree prepared me for the work I'm doing now by establishing solid values for an organization; that’s extremely important. How to research hermeneutics; how to defend my stance through apologetics. How to utilize history and provide context. Prepared me to be quite a people person. I’m very thankful for attending the program.
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.
After a forty-year absence from the classroom, I felt called by the Holy Spirit, to go back to school and pursue a Masters of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (MATS). Schooling has changed a lot in 40 years. Studying theology draws one closer to God. As a result, I have a much deeper understanding of the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit, and God's love for His creation. I started the MATS program over 22 months ago and, at age 65, I will be graduating this May. Thanks to all who supported me in prayer— we did it!