Is it time?
You studied theology in college, but you’ve always wanted to know more:
- What tools do I need to interpret Scripture–to “correctly handle the Word of truth”?
- What does God say about some of todays’ complicated ethical questions?
- What can church history teach me about the church today?
- How can I better counsel people in crisis?
- How can I gain confidence in leading others to a deeper walk with Christ?
- How can I myself grow in the grace and knowledge of my Savior?
Maybe now is the time. The time to explore the Word. Let it dwell in you richly. Ponder the mysteries and majesties of the Triune God. Develop your own philoshophy of personal ministry.
Maybe now is the time to grow.
Is this program for you?
- Teachers who want a deeper understanding of the Word for catechism and Word of God class
- Staff ministers who want to be better prepared for Bible class, religion class, evangelism, or counseling
- Lay leaders who want to lead or participate more fully in their Bible classes or small groups
- Anyone who has completed undergrad biblical-theology coursework and wants to know more
Undergraduate degree from accredited college or university
Completion of 18 undergraduate biblical theology credits at MLC (or comparable coursework, upon approval)
GPA of 3.00 (Students with a lower GPA may be accepted on probation)
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
Written statement of goals and expectations for the program
Approval by director of graduate studies
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Martin Luther College’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is an online degree program that provides spiritual and professional growth through advanced studies in Scripture, doctrine, church history, and ministry.
It is designed primarily for ministry-certified staff ministers and teachers, to provide a broader and deeper foundation for their service in the public ministry. Other college graduates who wish to grow spiritually may also meet entrance requirements. The degree, in and of itself, does not qualify one for a called position in the ministry.
MATS graduates will demonstrate the following capabilities:
- Utilize appropriate tools for theological study.
- Articulate the major themes of the Old and New Testaments.
- Interpret the biblical text from a Christocentric perspective.
- Apply biblical doctrine to specific situations in life and ministry.
- Describe the key individuals, events, and ideas represented in the history of Christianity.
- Evaluate and respond to changes in culture and society that affect the Church.
- Construct a personal philosophy of ministry.
Upon successful completion of the graduate program, students are awarded the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree.
Planning YOUR master’s program is as easy as 1, 2, 3
- Print your program plan.
- Choose electives to support your ministry.
Read the course descriptions to determine which best match your responsibilities and interests.
- Schedule your courses.
Plan to take courses when it’s convenient for you with our long-term course calendar.