SUITED TO YOUR BUSY LIFE
The MATS was created with flexibility in mind—ideal for students who are looking to enrich their personal or professional development through theological education amidst their busy lives. This degree may be pursued part-time or full-time, fully online or fully on campus. Whichever delivery you choose, we strive for a consistent experience of academic rigor and scholarly excellence.
Our coursework is available in asynchronous format 24/7 for the study hours that best fits your lifestyle. We also schedule four synchronous online discussions in the semester, to foster community and aid in spiritual formation.
- Know a selected theological discipline
- Analyze and comprehend major questions in the field and alternative solutions to them
- Formulate and effectively explain an original solution to a theological problem
The MATS requires a total of 16 semester courses (48 units). Nine of the courses are to be distributed evenly among the three major theological disciplines of the SFTS MDiv curriculum (Biblical studies, History/Theology, Ministry/Spirituality) and the remaining seven courses may be used to provide more depth in an area of particular interest. Courses in the field of Functional Theology (e.g., field education courses) do not fulfill degree requirements. MATS students also write a substantial paper under the guidance of a faculty advisor—either for an upper-level course or as an independent project—as the culminating experience of the program.
Students with a baccalaureate degree who have done graduate studies in theology at an accredited institution of higher education with at least a 3.0 (B) average may be able to transfer or apply up to eight courses (24 semester units) toward the MATS degree requirements.
SFTS provides up to 25% need-based financial aid assistance for qualifying online MATS students.
Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.
SFTS does not provide the Online MATS degree to residents in the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico