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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

Northwestern Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) students earn an academic and professional degree that provides 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.

Why study 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 (M.Div.) 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.

Program Highlights

  • Coursework can be completed in under two years
  • Online or on-site/blended learning format
  • Concentrations available in Biblical Studies, Cultural Engagement, and Ministry Leadership
  • Dynamic discussions and exploration in a rich, nondenominational setting
  • Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies credits are fully transferable toward the completion of UNW’s MATS, MAML or MDIV degrees should you wish to earn a certificate before pursuing a full master’s degree

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What will I learn?

You will think deeply about God and the Scriptures, broaden your understanding of Christianity, and strengthen your ability to communicate its teachings.


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to earn Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies after five select courses

Career Opportunities

With an MATS degree, you will be prepared for roles in a variety of settings.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Chaplaincy
  • Christian education
  • Church planting
  • Executive Director
  • Higher education
  • Historian
  • Lay leadership
  • Lecturer/speaker
  • Ministry leadership
  • Mission work
  • Research
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Seminary
  • Writer

Note: Roles in some settings may require additional education or training.

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