Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Here’s what it takes
The Moravian MATS degree requires a total of 54 credits of coursework. You can finish in two years of full-time study. But you must finish within six years.
Our program addresses the following Learning Outcomes:
Interpretation of Scripture: Analyze primary research materials, demonstrating knowledge of larger contexts and 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 12-credit Concentration (Formative Spirituality) or dive deeper with a Graduate Certificate (Spiritual Direction, Formative Spirituality, Biblical Studies). 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.
You can take many of our courses via distance learning. Some of these might be intensive classes or "hybrid" classes in which at least 50% of the course is held with all students on campus. The Seminary does not currently offer a completely online degree program. To obtain the MATS degree, students must complete at least one-third of the required credits on campus in Bethlehem, PA.