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Theological Studies, M.A.

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Whether you desire to prepare for further graduate work, enrich other vocational interests, or grow spiritually, Lee's MABTS program provides a broad foundation in biblical and theological studies with the flexibility to specialize in a concentrated area.


The School of Religion at Lee University offers a program of advanced study in the academic discipline of Theological Studies. Academic rather than professional in nature, this Master of Arts degree constitutes an alternative to professional degrees for the student seeking advanced study in the discipline, preparing for work in the educational ministry of the church, and/or anticipating the research doctorate. This program is designed for the collegial engagement of peers whose concerns are constructive conversation and productive scholarship, and whose goal is disciplinary competence.

Within the United States, most degrees designated as an M.A. in Theological Studies are offered by seminaries. Such programs accept applicants from various disciplines of undergraduate studies and, therefore, are usually 48- or 64-hour programs. The program offered by Lee University is distinctive in that it will be offered in either a 36- or 48-hour program. The 36-hour program is for applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in the related areas of religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies. Therefore, the usual first year of general introductory studies in religion is not required, and the program begins with upper-level graduate courses. The 48-hour program admits students whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biblical Criticism/ Hermeneutics 
  • Early Christian Doctrine
  • Religious Epistemology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Graduate programs at Lee University are open to persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university whose undergraduate or graduate work has been of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to profitably pursue graduate study. Specific criteria for admission to the MBA program include:

Applicants must submit a completed Lee University Application to Graduate Studies, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two professional or academic recommendations, a statement of background and professional goals, and a resume.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    632 USD/credit
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  • National

    632 USD/credit
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  • In-State

    632 USD/credit
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