Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Go deep into your understanding of religious belief. The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program provides a strong theological foundation for those serving in leadership roles in the church or who are interested in pursuing advanced academic work.
You can tailor the program to fit your academic and career interests, and you can add a concentration or graduate certificate. You’ll complete a thesis project or paper that allows you to delve deep into an area that drives your curiosity.

New Master of Arts in Theological Studies Will Debut in Fall 2024

Stay tuned for the details of our new MATS to be offered in Fall 2024. The new curriculum will be available on two campuses: here in Bethlehem, PA, at Moravian Seminary, and in Lancaster, PA, at Lancaster Theological Seminary. The new MATS, which will require 48 credits, will feature new courses and more options designed to fit your schedule and learning preferences: in-person classes on both campuses, online classes, a combination of online and on-site; full-time or part-time; even weekend-only. Our Admissions team can fill you in until we post all the details here.

We are developing completion plans for students who are currently enrolled in this program.

Here’s what it takes

For students who have already enrolled in this program, it previously required a total of 54 credits of coursework.

MATS Curriculum Overview

Learning Outcomes

Our program addresses the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Interpretation of Scripture: Analyze primary research materials, demonstrating knowledge of larger contexts and the ability to interpret scripture.

  • Cultural Contexts: Identify and engage diverse and overlapping cultural and social dynamics.

  • Theological and Historical Contexts: Integrate social, historical, intellectual, and/or theological contexts of an object of study.

  • Intellectual and Theological Development: Independently identify, pursue, and acquire knowledge in the field of study.

  • Research and Analysis: Identify a research issue, use primary research materials, and discuss the issue in a coherent, thoroughly researched, integrative paper or project.

Electives, Directed Study Courses, Concentrations, and Certificates

The MATS curriculum is chock full of electives. In other words, you can focus on your area of interest. You can focus your electives on biblical studies, contemplative practices, or spiritual formation and obtain a 7-credit Concentration in Formative Spirituality or dive deeper with a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies, Spiritual Direction, or Formative Spirituality.
Or you can use elective credits to take Directed Study courses in which you build something completely your own. No matter how you use your electives, we recommend you take at least one Directed Study to prepare you for the independent nature of the Thesis process.

Continuing Education Requirement

Each MATS student is required to participate in at least 4 continuing education programs. You get to choose which ones you attend—and there are lots to choose from.