MA Theological Studies

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is a 65-credit hour program designed to equip individuals who want to have a deeper understanding of the doctrines of Christian faith, how to relate these to life in the world today, and how to defend the faith against error.  The MATS develops students through studies integrated with a focus on the student’s walk with God, character and leadership development, grounding in the Scriptures, and applied ministry experience.

 

Target Group

The MATS is best suited for those who seek to relate biblical doctrine and the Christian life in today’s world. This program is helpful for those who seek to present the Gospel in a relevant manner in a variety of contexts and to various audiences. This program is designed for those who anticipate defending the faith in oral, written or online contexts; teaching in community, church, or educational settings; and individuals who anticipate going on for further theological studies.

 

Program Explanation

EAST Aleph (Summer)

LF500 Research & Writing for Christian Leadership

2

 

IS401 Evangelism & Follow-Up Seminar

NC

 

 

1st Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

BS510 Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics

3

OT510 Old Testament Narratives

3

LF510 Christian Leadership Foundations

3

LF560 Christian Marriage & Family in Asia

3

IS501 Building Spiritual Movements

3

LF580 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 1

1

 

TS560 Worldview & Biblical Decision Making

 

2

IS510 World Missions

2

TS532 Spiritual Transformation and Warfare

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

LF570 Mentoring Group 1

1

LF571 Mentoring Group 2

1

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Summer

LF581 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 2

2

2nd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS510 Theology 1

3

TS511 Theology 2

3

OT511 Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom & Prophets

3

NT511 New Testament Epistles & Revelation

3

NT510 New Testament Narratives

3

Emphasis course

3

LF530 Biblical Communication –Teaching for Life Change

OR

LF555 Biblical Communication –Expository Preaching 1

2

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

LF583 Field Practicum 2

1

LF582 Field Practicum 1

1

LF573 Mentoring Group 4

1

LF572 Mentoring Group 3

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

 

The emphasis classes include:

TS506 Theological Methods (3 credits)
TS500 Movements That Changed History 1 (3 credits)
TS561 Church, Society & Ethical Issues in Asia (3 credits)
Additional Theological Studies courses (6 credits)

 

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student has a maximum of five (5) years to complete the MATS from the date of matriculation at EAST.

 

Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements in order to graduate with a MATS:

  • Completion work of all coursework (65 hours) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate character and ministry skills appropriate for an EAST graduate
  • Approval by the faculty
  • Payment all fees