2021-2022 Catalog with Addendum 
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Theological Studies, MATS (MATS)

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Melinda Thompson, Advisor
ACU Box 29415
Abilene, Texas 79699-9415
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 314

Phone: 325-674-3706 or 888-242-5360
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: melinda.thompson@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/gst

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is a 36-hour program designed for people who want to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. The broad program of study is for those who wish to strengthen their theological foundations, gain greater competence in selected areas of religious knowledge, and for general education purposes. The coursework equips the student with tools for graduate study and provides a flexible curriculum for those who desire advanced study of theological disciplines but whose career goals are not those of professional ministry. The advisor will work closely with the student to determine the shape of their program, particularly Focus Courses that concentrate on a particular area of study or integration appropriate to the student’s professional and personal goals. A culminating Capstone assignment gives the student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate application of his or her knowledge.

Prerequisite Degree Requirements

This program requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Major Requirements


Total: 9 Credit Hours


Total: 9 Credit Hours


Total: 9 Credit Hours

Focus Courses

Nine hours of electives (600-699), which may, if desired, be focused on Scripture (BIBL/BGRK/BHEB), History & Theology (BIBD/BIBH), or Ministry (BIBM/BMIS).

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Total Major Hours: 36

Other Graduation Requirements

Capstone paper, English Bible exam.