Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree is an academic  degree that provides a biblical/theological foundation and insights to  the contemporary theological issues. It is designed to deepen the  understanding of the Bible, doctrines and theological issues arising  from multi-ethnic, multi-religious and intercultural contexts.


  1. Students will understand the profundity of Christian truths through  course work in foundational disciplines, Bible, philosophy/theology, and  history
  2. To instill a solid theological foundation in order to allow students  to pursue a terminal degree in the fields of theology, biblical  studies, or intercultural studies.
  3. To provide students with opportunities to excel as Christian leaders  in church, society, and any religious organization through academic  competency, critical reflection, and faithful witness.
  4. To equip students with evangelistic perspective and missional spirit  for the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the Gospel of Jesus  Christ.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 50 credit hours of study. The MATS  program can be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time  study. It must be completed within four years of matriculation into the  program. Students will plan their course of studies with an advisor.  MATS students are required to enroll in Ministry Formation courses for  each of four semesters, and in HTU’s Institutional Requirement (Chapel)  course every semester, as below:

  1. PT501-504 Ministry Formation (0.5 credit × 4 semester = 2 credits)

Students must serve in at least two of the ten approved ministry  areas over the period of their first to fourth semesters of enrollment.

2. IR501-IR504 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.

MATS students may elect to enroll in MA700 and write a thesis or to  complete a project as part of the MATS General Core program. MA700 is a  3-credit-hour course, in which students select a topic in consultation  with their advisor and then compose a thesis or project, which  demonstrates skill in research, exposition, and interpretation. The  thesis or project presents the results of graduate-level research in a  publishable form. The thesis is presented in a traditional written  format, while the project may include non-written, performance, or other  nontraditional formats. Both thesis and project must demonstrate  graduate-level abilities to conduct research with skill in  investigation, assessment, and expression. Guidelines for MA700  Thesis/Project are available upon request. Complete details of program  credit requirements, including suggested course sequencing, may be found  in the Catalog.