Theological Studies
College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning

Theological Studies

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Graduate

36 credits

required for program
  • Available online

$570 per credit


18–22 months

Considering a master’s degree in theology? With a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), receive biblical and theological training to equip yourself for effective ministry or work in academic settings. Study hermeneutics, biblical and systematic theology, and apologetics as you prepare for advanced ministry roles or build a foundation for further theological studies toward a Master of Divinity or doctoral degree.

Our online master’s in theological studies may be the right fit if you…

  • Desire to gain a deep understanding of the rich theological truths found in Scripture
  • Want to guide others in leadership roles or professional ministry
  • Appreciate an online format that fits your busy life
  • Value faith-infused curriculum that interlocks faith and purpose
  • Crave an interactive and supportive community

Why study theological studies at Northwestern?

Our online master’s degree in theology is intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable. Discover an MATS program designed to spark growth as a more informed individual in your God-given ministry. Experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.

Program Highlights

  • Engaging coursework that can be completed in under two years
  • Dynamic discussions and exploration in a rich, non-denominational setting
  • Expert faculty who are active in their ministry fields
  • Customizable theology program with three unique concentrations
  • Courses optimized for quality and user experience
  • Online learning format
  • Fulfills 36 credits toward theMaster of Divinity (M.Div.) degree.

A graduate certificate in Christian Studies can transfer credits toward our MATS, MAML or MDIV degrees.

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Leverage your master’s degree based on your unique goals by pinpointing your area of study. Customize your online program by selecting one of three concentrations: 

  • Biblical Studies
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Ministry Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

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Career Opportunities

What types of work are related to this degree?

What types of work are related to a master’s degree in theology?

  • Chaplaincy
  • Christian education
  • Church planting
  • Executive Director
  • Higher education
  • Historian
  • Lay leadership
  • Lecturer/speaker
  • Ministry leadership
  • Mission work
  • Research
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Seminary
  • Writer

Note: Roles in some settings may require additional education or training.

Fulfills 36
credits toward a Master of Divinity degree
36 credits
required for program
total cost (before financial aid)

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