Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Class Type:
Onsite, hybrid and online
$550 per credit hour
Upcoming Start Dates:
August, January
Program Options:
Master's degree
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)

Pursue a specialized field of study. 

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is a flexible, academically-focused degree program that prepares students for non-professional or para-pastoral ministry. Choose your concentration in theology and culture, biblical studies or peacebuilding.

Build the knowledge and skills you need for your own unique vocational calling to:

  • non-profit leadership
  • non-pastoral leadership at the intersection of theology and another field of study
  • further graduate study below the PhD level
  • theological study for personal enrichment
  • biblical study and interpretation
  • social justice activism 
  • restorative justice advocacy 
  • conflict analysis and transformation

Why EMS? Flexibility, personal formation, and a breadth of resources. As an embedded seminary, EMS connects you to the broader knowledge and resources of Eastern Mennonite University.

Curriculum (36 SH)

15 credits of required core courses:

  • FS 503 Formation in Spiritual Practices (3)
  • CTH 501 Christian Traditions I or CTH 511 Christian Tradition II (3)
  • BIBL 511 Hebrew Bible: Text in Context or BIBL 512 New Testament: Text in Context (3)
  • CTT 634 Living Theology (3)
  • FS 698 Formation in Vocation and Leadership I (2) and FS 699 Formation in Vocation and Leadership II (1)

21 credits of electives in concentration area:

Theology and Culture concentration:

Any CM (Contexts of Ministry) and CTT (Theology) courses 

Biblical studies concentration (must include at least 6 credits in biblical languages and one biblical exegesis course):

  • Any BIBL courses
  • BIBL 511 Hebrew Bible: Text in Context or BIBL 512 New Testament: Text in Context (3) - whichever was not taken to meet core requirement

Peacebuilding concentration:

9-12 credits of Center for Justice and Peacebuilding coursework:

  • PAX 533: Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3), required
  • Skills course, strongly recommended
  • Any PAX 500+ level courses

9-12 credits of Seminary offerings:

  • BVG 541 Biblical Foundations for Justice and Peacemaking (3)
  • CTT 640 Topics: Liberation Theologies (3)
  • Any CTE (Ethics) courses 
  • SMCL 564 Theological Reflection on Trauma (1), taken after PAX 540 Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience I
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