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Overview

Do you feel drawn to thorough theological and biblical studies education? Our Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) program will prepare you for your PhD program. Designed for students interested in academia rather than pastoral ministry, this degree program allows you to choose a specialization in Biblical Studies, Christian History and Theology, Creation Care, or Intercultural Studies. The MATS features a required teaching internship; Greek, Hebrew, German and Latin language study options; and spiritual formation courses.

  • Prepare you for future degree work in biblical and theological studies
  • Provide you with survey knowledge of key facts and paradigms related to biblical studies, church history and theology
  • Grow in the ability to analyze pertinent texts and materials
  • Develop the capacity to think critically
  • Learn research, writing and communication skills
  • Integrate and demonstrate these learnings through a summative project/thesis

Master of Arts in Theological Studies at a Glance

Semester hours 56
Average Completion Time Two to three years (Based on taking 8 credit hours of study per term in the fall and spring semesters)
Cost per credit $533* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with distance and local format options
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

  • Prepare you for future degree work in biblical and theological studies
  • Provide you with survey knowledge of key facts and paradigms related to biblical studies, church history and theology
  • Grow in the ability to analyze pertinent texts and materials
  • Develop the capacity to think critically
  • Learn research, writing and communication skills
  • Integrate and demonstrate these learnings through a summative project/thesis

Master of Arts in Theological Studies at a Glance

Semester hours 56
Average Completion Time 2 to 3 years (Based on taking 8 credit hours of study per term in the fall and spring semesters)
Cost per credit $500* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with distance and local format options
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Spiritual Formation

At the heart of Portland Seminary, historically, is a commitment to the spiritual formation of its students. Formation into Christlikeness prepares the whole person to engage the world for the sake of Christ.

We fulfill this commitment in these ways:

  • Every degree program involves students in an intentionally designed spiritual formation curriculum.
  • The courses include classic spiritual disciplines as well as intentional holistic awareness.
  • Our spiritual formation curriculum is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, and our understanding of spiritual formation involves the intersection of Scripture, theology, psychology, biology and social-cultural factors.
  • Spiritual formation courses are scheduled so that students can participate in formation courses throughout their degree program.
  • Each spiritual formation course combines rich academic content, formational activities, accountability, and fellowship, offering students a robust experience

MA, Theological Studies (56 Credit Hours)

Curriculum Plan

Core Courses:

BIST 501 Old Testament Introduction 3
BIST 503 Engaging the Old Testament 3
BIST 502 New Testament Introduction 3
BIST 504 Interpreting the New Testament: Use and Abuse of the Bible 3

Biblical Language Courses:

Students must select one of the following sequences:

BIST 511 Introducing Biblical Hebrew 2
BIST 512 Interpreting the Hebrew Testament 2

Or

BIST 521 Introducing New Testament Greek 2
BIST 522 Interpreting the Greek Testament 2

Core Courses:

CHTH 507 Historical Theology: Early Church through Reformation 3
CHTH 509 History of Christianity in America 3
CHTH 508 Essentials in Christian Theology 3
CHTH 510 World Religions and Christian Thought 3

Core Courses:

SFAD 510 Knowing Self, Knowing God 1
SFAD 520 Mystical Experiences and Images of God 1
SFAD 560 Spiritual Leadership 1

And one of the following:

SFAD 530 Christian Prayer in a Global Context 1
SFAD 540 Spiritual Life 1
SFAD 550 Shame, Grace, and Resilience 1
BIST/CHTH 568 Teaching Apprenticeship I: Internship and Pedagogy 2
BIST/CHTH 569 Teaching Apprenticeship II: Internship and Pedagogy 2
BIST/CHTH 581 Thesis I: Research/Thesis 2
BIST/CHTH 582 Thesis II: Research/Thesis 2
Biblical Studies Track (16 hours)

Focused Courses (8 hours):

BIST 523 Old Testament Book Study 2
BIST 524 New Testament Book Study 2
BIST 533 Scripture in Context: Old Testament, Ancient Near East, and Today 2
BIST 534 Scripture in Context: New Testament, Early Judaism, and Today 2

Studio Courses (8 hours):

Any two studios, 4 hours each 8

Students may select any two studios in Biblical Studies.

Christian History and Theology Track (16 hours)

Focused Courses (8 hours):

CHTH 530 Gender and Christian Thought 2
CHTH 533 Christian Ethics 2
CHTH 534 Poverty and Restorative Ecojustice 2
CHTH 537 The Postcolonial Church 2

Studio Courses (8 hours):

Any two studios, 4 hours each 8

Students may select any two studios in Christian History and Theology. It is possible, though not necessary, to choose both studios from one of the CHTH specializations below.

Christian History and Theology/Creation Care Track (16 hours)

Focused Courses (8 hours):

CHTH 530 Gender and Christian Thought 2
CHTH 533 Christian Ethics 2
CHTH 534 Poverty and Restorative Ecojustice 2
CHTH 537 The Postcolonial Church 2

Creation Care (8 hours):

CHTH 546 Ecotheology I: Theology & Stewardship of Creation 2
CHTH 547 Ecotheology II: Hope and New Creation 2
CHTH 548 Ecopraxis I: Keeping the Garden 2
CHTH 549 Ecopraxis II: Greening the Church 2
Christian History and Theology/Intercultural Studies Track (16 hours)

Focused Courses (8 hours):

CHTH 530 Gender and Christian Thought 2
CHTH 533 Christian Ethics 2
CHTH 534 Poverty and Restorative Ecojustice 2
CHTH 537 The Postcolonial Church 2

Intercultural Studies (8 hours)

CHTH 528 Intercultural Studies I: Cultural Anthropology for a Postmodern World 2
CHTH 529 Intercultural Studies II: Indigenous Peoples and the North American Church 2
CHTH 550 Indigenous Studies I: Indigenous Spiritualities 2
CHTH 551 Indigenous Studies II: Theology and Place 2
Integrative Studies Track (16 hours)

Biblical Studies Focused Courses (4 hours):

Students must select two of the following courses:

BIST 523 Old Testament Book Study 2
BIST 524 New Testament Book Study 2
BIST 533 Scripture in Context: Old Testament, Ancient Near East, and Today 2
BIST 534 Scripture in Context: New Testament, Early Judaism, and Today 2

Suggested sequence: BIST 523 or 524 and BIST 533 or 534

Christian History and Theology Focused Courses (4 hours):

Students must select two of the following courses:

CHTH 530 Gender and Christian Thought 2
CHTH 533 Christian Ethics 2
CHTH 534 Poverty and Restorative Ecojustice 2
CHTH 537 The Postcolonial Church 2

Suggested sequence: CHTH 530 or 537 and CHTH 533 or 534

Studio Courses (8 hours):

Students may select any two studios in Biblical Studies or Christian History and Theology

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