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Theological Studies

Houston Baptist University

12 months
1575 USD/credit 56700 USD/year
1575 USD/credit 56700 USD/year
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The Theological Studies program at the Houston Baptist University is an integrated approach to Christian theological graduate education designed to prepare students for enhanced ministry, both lay and vocational, in their churches and to prepare those who want to pursue further graduate study.


The Theological Studies program at the Houston Baptist University exposes students to key questions and concerns in the fields of biblical studies, theology and practical ministry. Drawing from our specific focus on the Bible, graduates of the MATS program at HBU can responsibly bring the ancient texts of Christian Scripture into dialogue with historical, theological, and contemporary concerns.

Our 36-hour program is built upon a 15-hour core (choices from Old Testament, New Testament, History, and Theology), but you have the flexibility to choose the remaining 21 hours from our offering of classes in our traditional areas of biblical studies, theology and practical ministry, or in our other MA program areas: biblical languages, apologetics, classics and philosophy.

Advantages and Opportunities

Through close interaction with experienced faculty in small, seminar-style classes, students in HBU’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies program will be challenged to grow intellectually and spiritually in their servant leadership. One of the greatest strengths of our program is the personal interaction with faculty. Our MATS classes are capped at 15 students each, which allows us to get to know you personally. 

In addition, rather than always lecturing and merely giving you all the right answers, our classes are primarily seminar-style, in which we read texts together and discuss them in community, allowing us all to learn from the diverse ministry experiences of those in the classroom. This not only encourages a deeper engagement with texts and ideas, but for those looking toward future study, it prepares learners for the type of discussion in PhD seminars.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines 
  • Christian Scriptures I (Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature) 
  • Hermeneutics 
  • History of Christianity 
  • Systematic Theology 
  • The Theology of The New Testament 
  • The Theology of The Old Testament 
  • Philosophy and the Christian Faith 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International students deadline for spring semester - October 1st.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Show proof of sufficient English skills 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and/or ACT scores, OR 
  • Completion of two (2) classes of collegiate English taken in the United States 
  • Certificate of completion from Language Consultants International (ESL program) 
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited institution of higher education whose instruction is conducted in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1575 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    56700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1575 USD per credit during 12 months.

Tuition is $1575 per three-unit course

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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