The Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Austin Grad equips you with the essential tools for specialized ministry in the congregational setting and encountering the contemporary culture through a theological lens. In your study, you’ll be exposed to a broad range of subjects, including Bible, Theology, Church History, and Ministry, taught by highly-credentialed professors and experienced ministers with degrees from institutions like Yale, Princeton, Vrije Universiteit, and Calvin Theological Seminary [click here to view the faculty]. Your coursework will provide you with a foundation in biblical and theological studies, practical guidance in preparation for real-life ministry, and formation for a faithful life of service in the Kingdom of God.
How long will the degree take you to complete?
If pursued full-time, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies is designed to be completed in 2 years. Many of our students, however, choose to attend part-time while they pursue both the degree and a career. Austin Grad offers a flexible schedule with evening course offerings to meet your needs.
What can you do with your degree?
Graduates of the master’s program go on to pursue successful and faithful careers as preachers, teachers, missionaries, college and university professors, employees in non-profits, and more.
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Reading the New Testament/Old Testament
- Biblical Exegesis for Teaching and Preaching
- Christianity in America
- Traditions in Theology and Ethics
- From Text to Sermon
Please see the Curriculum tab for a full list of courses.
For more info on the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, please contact our Admissions Department.
If you are ready to become a student at Austin Grad, see the Admissions tab for your next step or start your application today!
Background Courses (15 hours)
|GRK 3351-3352||New Testament Greek (6 hours)|
|CH 3312||The Church’s History: To the Reformation|
|CS 3350||Research and Writing in Theology|
|NT 4313||Interpreting the Bible|
Biblical Studies (12 hours)
|OT 6301||Reading the Old Testament|
|NT 6301||Reading the New Testament|
|6 hours of exegetically intensive text electives, one in each testament|
Church History and Theology (9 hours)
(P) indicates prerequisites. See course description for details.
|CH 6303||Traditions in Christian Theology and Ethics (P)|
|CH 6302||Christianity in America|
|TH 6301||Introduction to Theology (P)|
Christian Ministry (9 hours)
|MIN 6301||Introduction to Christian Ministry|
|MIN 6302||The Ministry of Preaching (P)|
|MIN 6303||From Text to Sermon (P)|
Electives (9 hours)
Only three of the nine hours of electives may be taken in the Biblical Studies division.
Students with undergraduate work deemed adequate as an introduction to a division’s curriculum must substitute the equivalent number of semester hours of graduate-level coursework within the same division.
- Attendance at six meetings of the monthly Student-Faculty Roundtable
- Successful completion of the MATS Bible Knowledge Exit Exam in final semester prior to graduation. (click here for the MATS Exit Exam Study Guide)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
- Official transcripts for all credits previously attempted, sent directly to Austin Grad from the institution(s).
- Three letters of reference (including one from a professor and one from a minister or leader of the congregation where the applicant is actively involved).
- Application for Admission
- $25 Application fee
- One-page essay stating the applicant’s goals in ministry and reasons for pursuing the Master of Arts.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in one’s bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the Master of Arts. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.5 may be considered for provisional admission.
- If you are under 30 years of age, you must show evidence that you have received the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination (student must have received vaccination at least 10 days prior to the semester he or she is enrolled). Attendance will be denied if documentation is not received 10 days prior to start of class. Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
- Students for whom English is a second language must document a paper-based test score (PBT) of 550 or an internet-based test score (iBT) of 80 or higher on the TOEFL.
Austin Graduate School of Theology does not discriminate in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, in the award of financial aid through scholarships, grants, work-study or loan programs, or in any other school program. In accordance with federal law, and in the conviction that all people are created in the image of God, Austin Grad admits men and women of all racial, national and ethnic backgrounds to the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded and available to all students.