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Graduate School of Theology – Academic Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) Theology
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a fourteen course program of studies in theology, apologetics and church history. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) Theology and Apologetics
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a fourteen course program of studies with an emphasis in theology and apologetics. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) Theology and Church History
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a fourteen course program of studies with an emphasis in theology and church history. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Theology, Apologetics, and Church History
The Master of Arts in Religion is a two-year program of study emphasizing theology, apologetics, and Church History studies. Acceptance into this degree program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree or the completion of a first Master’s degree in theology (M.M.T.S.).

Master of Theology in Reformed Theological Interpretation (Th.M.)
The Master of Theology degree is a three-year program of study in theology, apologetics, and church history. The program is like the M.Div. degree but without the emphasis in practical theology. It is strictly a theological degree intended for a teaching vocation rather than pastoral ministry.

Master of Theology in Biblical Languages (Th.M.)
The Master of Theology degree is a three-year program of study that includes theology, apologetics, church history, and advanced Biblical Languages. The program is like the Th.M. degree in Reformed Theological Interpretation but with a heavy emphasis in advanced language studies. It is strictly a theological degree intended for a teaching vocation, especially in Old or New Testament studies.

Master of Theology in Christian Theological Thought (Th.M.)
The Master of Theology is a three-year degree awarded in one of the following areas of concentration: Calvinian Theology (Theology of Calvin); Christian Philosophy and Apologetics; Edwardsian Theology (Theology of Edwards); Eschatological Theology; Church History;  Historical Theology; Exegetical Theology; Presbyterian History and Theology; Puritan History and Theology; Reformed History and Theology; and Systematic Theology. Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the M.A.R. or its equivalent, in the doctoral course work. The credit distribution is as follows: Twenty-four credits in the core courses; twenty-four credits of study in the student’s major area of emphasis; a 20,000 word thesis is required for this course of study.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three-year degree awarded in one of the following areas of concentration: Christian Intellectual Thought; Calvinian Theology (Theology of Calvin); Christian Philosophy and Apologetics; Edwardsian Theology (Theology of Edwards); Eschatological Theology; Church History and Historical Theology; Exegetical Theology; Presbyterian History and Theology; Puritan History and Literature; Reformed History and Theology; and Systematic Theology. Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the M.A.R. or its equivalent, in the doctoral course work. The credit distribution is as follows: Twenty-four credits in the doctoral core courses; twenty-four credits of study in the student’s major area of emphasis; and twelve credits for research and dissertation. The dissertation must consist of a minimum of 75,000 words and not to exceed 100,000 words in length.

For the student who completes all the doctoral courses in this degree program and then determines not to complete the dissertation, that student will be awarded the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree upon the completion of the oral examination covering the student’s course work. Students who desired to complete the Ph.D. by completing the dissertation may do so by reapplying within 6 years of completing the Master of Philosophy degree.

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