The Master of Arts (Theology) degree provides a fuller mastery of one area or discipline of theological study than is normally provided at the M.Div. level. The program may serve a variety of aims: further graduate study, preparation for the doctoral level, preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined reflection on a specialized function in ministry. This degree is built upon a baccalaureate degree in religion or theology.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Most of the classes required for the M.A.T. program are offered Online.
The Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.) is a graduate degree designed for those called to teach God’s word and desiring a greater level of study in a specific concentration. As a result, the MAT program is very flexible, allowing for concentrations in one of four areas:
- Scripture and Witness
- Faith and Heritage
- Ministry and Formation
- Worship and Mission.
The central goals (adapted from ATS standard K.2) of the Carroll M.A. (Theology) degree, as an advanced program that is oriented toward fuller mastery is a specific theological discipline, include the following:
- Goal 1:
- Master of Arts (Theology) degree recipients will demonstrate an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline in the context of general theological study.
- Goal 2:
- Master of Arts (Theology) degree recipients will demonstrate a capacity to use research methods and resources in a focused area or discipline, and the ability to formulate productive questions.
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