The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. This two-year degree program is a general academic degree, providing balanced exposure to theological disciplines while allowing for focus on an area of interest.
The M.A.T.S. offers the same breadth as the M.Div., but with greater flexibility. M.A.T.S. students develop a final paper integrating their learning and are not required to complete an internship. The M.A.T.S. may also be pursued part-time, and with the option to study online, on campus, or a combination of the two. It is ideal for those looking to enrich personal or professional development through theological education.
This degree is designed for students who:
This program allows for concentration in a field of study to a greater extent than the M.Div. requirements generally permit. The faculty and disciplines are organized into the following curricular areas:
The Graduate Theological Union (GTU)—the largest interfaith and interreligious consortium in North America—is an essential part of the SFTS student experience. As part of your master’s program at SFTS, you can study world religions and faith traditions with over 200 faculty in mainline Protestantism and Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism, as well as interdisciplinary topics such as art and religion or theology and science.
What does ministry look like today? Progressive ministry takes many forms across many professions, from social services to business entrepreneurship. Bundle your theological degree with other School of Continuing Studies certificates—in Business, Counseling, Education, and more—to gain the skills for your ministry context.
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