In recognition of the varying needs of students pursuing the MATS degree, the seminary offers three tracks to completion of the degree.
This track is designed for students who desire further study in their area of concentration, but do not intend further academic study of theology and who would not profit significantly from the writing of a master's thesis or production of a master's project. Pastoral staff members opt for this track.
This track is designed for students who desire familiarity with advanced research and writing skills in their area of concentration, but do not need, or will not significantly profit from, writing an academic master's thesis. Curriculum writers, those working in a cross-cultural setting, and other ministry professionals choose this track.
This track is designed for students intending further academic study of theology or who wish to learn the skills involved in researching and writing an advanced thesis in theology. Ideal for those who wish to pursue a PhD.