The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) provides theological exploration of God, humanity, and human relationships to God and the world. This graduate degree prepares individuals in Christian ministry with knowledge and skills that strengthen their biblical understanding from a theological perspective. This graduate degree may also appeal to students desiring personal enrichment and a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
Objectives of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree
The MATS degree explores God’s story in the Bible through systematic, historical, ethical, apologetic and aesthetic perspectives. As a result of their studies at Colorado Christian University, the MATS graduate will be equipped with the biblical and theological training to minister effectively in the church, parachurch organizations, workplace or an academic setting.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, the student will be able to:
- Learn to think theologically by differentiating among certain issues inherent to the nature of theological study.
- Distinguish between what God has revealed about Himself and His creation, primarily through disciplined theological engagement with scripture.
- Deploy sound, disciplined, and appropriate methods to interpret scripture theologically.
- Analyze and evaluate the traditions of the Christian Church via critical study of its history.
- Evaluate and apply appropriate theological data toward their own personal spiritual formation.
- Evaluate the nature and significance of the arts and culture from a specifically theological perspective.
- Distinguish between the essentials and the non-essentials of the Christian faith, embracing the principle: “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.”
Admission to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree Program
- Submit a completed application form.
- Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
- Submit a professional letter of recommendation from an individual who is not a family member.
- Possess a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
Transfer of Courses
Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the MATS degree requirements.
The MATS is a 39 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within two years of intensive study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. Theological Studies courses may be taken online or in the classroom.
All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, a MATS student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their MATS degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted.