Master of Arts in Theological Studies

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, 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 6305 The Church’s History: Reformation and Modern
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)

(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.

Additional Requirement

Successful completion of the MATS Comprehensive Exit Exam in final semester prior to graduation (click here for the MATS Exit Exam Study Guide)

Admission Requirements

  • 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 ONLY if submitting a paper application
  • Five-paragraph essay explaining your ministry goals and how Austin Grad can help you meet those goals. Be sure your essay includes an introduction, supporting body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All students accepted into any degree program must sign and return the Letter of Acceptance for their admission to be considered complete
  • Additional assessment may be required based on evaluation of academic history.

All documents should be sent to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology
Admissions Office
7640 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78752-1333
Fax # 512-476-3919

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