Theological Studies: Theology

Master of Arts

The program seeks to provide the spiritual, intellectual, biblical, historical, and theological tools for sound theological research, teaching, ministry, or missions. It is also well-suited for students wishing to go on for doctoral programs in theology.

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS) is designed to provide the academic background and skills needed for engaging in advanced theological studies. The program seeks to provide the spiritual, intellectual, biblical, historical, and theological tools for sound theological research and teaching. The program is designed for students who wish to become better equipped for a focused ministry of teaching and/or research either in church, mission, or academic settings. The MATS is also well-suited for students who wish to go on for doctoral programs in Old Testament, New Testament, or theology.

Thesis and Non-thesis Tracks

Students may complete the M.A. in Theological Studies degree following a thesis or non-thesis track. Students opting to follow the thesis track must maintain a 3.50 cumulative GPA and have the approval of the program coordinator. Non-thesis students are required to take a three-hour reading course plus two additional electives (typically in the area of their major).

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Articulate an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving in the local church and its global mission.
  3. Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.

MATS graduates will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate both astuteness and breadth of scholarship in their specific concentration.
  2. Give evidence of their capacity to implement theological scholarship in a teaching and/or ministry context.
  3. Articulate a spirituality of scholarship that describes their approach to integrating academic learning into personal formation. 

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 60 credit hour program of studies as outlined
  • Achieve a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • Maintain a 3.50 cumulative GPA if following the thesis track
  • Complete at least 30 hours of this program through our seminary
  • Successfully complete a Portfolio and Interview
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
  • Complete all program requirements within 10 years of beginning studies
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary
  • Fulfill all academic and financial requirements

Degree Requirements (60 credit hours)

Core (12 credit hours)

In consultation with the Program Coordinator, students choose one course from each of the following four areas of study:

Course Credit Hours
Christian Ministry Formation* 3
New Testament 3
Old Testament 3
Theology OR History 3

*May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry, CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development

Theological Studies (12 credit hours)

BLST 602 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation * 3
BLST 717 The Former Prophets
BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 722 Gospels 3
HIS 761 The Patristic Fathers 3

Research (12 credit hours)

RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research 3
RD 808 Thesis (9 c.h.) **
RD 806 Reading Course
Theology elective
Theology elective

 Electives (24 credit hours)


Theology/History/Language electives (Maximum of 9 hours language) ***  18
Old Testament/New Testament/Theology elective ****  3
Open elective  3

Non-Credit Requirements

RD 700 MA Experiential Integration Non-credit
Portfolio and Interview Non-credit

* Students with a previous hermeneutics course at the college or seminary level can request to have this requirement replaced with a BLST elective.

** Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have the approval of the program coordinator in order to qualify to write a thesis. Students who do not qualify or wish to opt out of the thesis must include RD 806 Reading Course (in the area of their concentration) and two electives (6) typically in the area of their concentration.

*** Can include either Greek or Hebrew or a combination of both.

**** May include CM 632 Homiletics

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Program Coordinator:

Susan Wendel, PhD
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swendel.jpgSusan is married to Bruce Wendel, and they are the proud parents of four young adult children. Both Susan and Bruce are graduates of Briercrest Seminary and have served the church in various formal and informal capacities over the past twenty years.