Theological Studies

Master of Arts

The program seeks to provide a 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.

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 Learning 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 will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:

Christian Ministry Formation *
New Testament
Old Testament
Theology OR History

Theological Studies (9 credit hours)

BLST 717 The Former Prophets
   OR BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
   OR BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
HIS 761 The Patristic Fathers

Research (12 credit hours)

RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 808 Thesis **
   OR
RD 701 Theological and Ministry Research
RD 806 Reading Course
Theology/NT/OT elective
Theology/NT/OT elective

Concentrations (24 credit hours) ***

Old Testament
Hebrew Language (9 credit hours)
Old Testament Electives (12 credit hours)
Bible/Theology Elective (3 credit hours)
Open Elective (3 credit hours)

New Testament
Greek Language (9 credit hours) ****
New Testament Electives (12 credit hours)
Bible/Theology Elective (3 credit hours)
Open Elective (3 credit hours)

Theology
Theology/History/Language Electives (18 credit hours)
OT/NT/Theology Elective (3 credit hours)
Open Elective (3 credit hours)

Non-Credit Requirements

RD 700 Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

* May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
** 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.
*** Students will choose one of the three possible concentrations available in this program: Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology
**** A minimum of first-year (6 credits) Greek language is required prior to starting the program language requirements. These courses can be taken through Briercrest College, Seminary, or Continuing Distance Education.

Program Coordinator:

Susan Wendel, PhD

swendel@briercrest.ca
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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.