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.
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:
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.