The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) from Samford University is an academic M.A. degree, designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the content of the Christian faith.
The M.A.T.S. program is ideally suited for persons wishing to gain a foundational understanding of the core theological disciplines for personal enrichment and growth, for the enhancement of their ministries in nonordained capacities and/or as an introductory graduate theological degree.
This degree is also offered in tandem with several other graduate degrees in other schools of the university. The M.A.T.S. degree does not provide the breadth and depth of preparation expected or required by most churches and denominations for pastoral ministry roles or for ordination.
The curriculum includes four courses in biblical studies, four courses in Christian history and doctrine, and four elective courses. The program concludes with a capstone course in which students draw upon the biblical and theological disciplines to reflect on their faith and vocation and integrate those reflections in a coherent thesis assignment.
The requirements for the M.A.T.S. degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. The program requires at least 37 credit hours, with a minimum of 24 credit hours being completed at Beeson Divinity School.
- Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate principles of interpretation in the analysis of English Bible texts.
- Demonstrate the ability to use relevant biblical, historical, and theological data and methodology to articulate key evangelical doctrines in the context of one’s denominational tradition.
- Demonstrate the ability to use relevant biblical, historical, and theological data and methodology to articulate an understanding of vocation that meaningfully informs one’s life and work in the world.
- Old Testament Theology
- New Testament Theology
- Patristic History and Doctrine
- Medieval and Reformation History and Doctrine
- Reformation and Early Modern History and Doctrine
- Later Modern History and Doctrine
- 12 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Completed online application
- Personal Faith and Vocation Essay
- Academic Recommendation (to be completed by a college- or graduate-level instructor)
- Character Recommendation (to be completed by a pastor, church member, campus minister, mentor or employer who can speak to your Christian character and calling to ministry; cannot be a family member)
- Church Endorsement (to be completed by your senior pastor or church elder; cannot be a family member).
- Each applicant is responsible for scheduling an interview prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that your interview be completed on campus, but if this is not possible, interviews conducted by Zoom are acceptable. Schedule your interview through the application portal.
- Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate institutions previously attended.
- $35 non-refundable fee
- International students: TOEFL/IELTS
International16482 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8241 USD per semester during 12 months.
National16482 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8241 USD per semester during 12 months.
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