Master of Arts in
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) has a unique focus is to integrate effective educational tools with rigorous study of the Bible and theology from a Pentecostal perspective. This is accomplished through learning skills and content intentionally designed to guide the student through exploring his or her divine purpose in Christ while allowing the transforming work of the Holy Spirit to enhance the learning experience.
Format & Schedule
Students go through the program as part of a cohort of 12 to 20 people. The cohort moves as a group from class to class through the sequential, 48-unit curriculum. Students begin the program with a one-week on-campus residency, followed by four weeks of online work. They then transition to a series of five eight-week-long online courses that are scheduled one at a time, back-to-back.
The program’s second year follows the same structure, with one week of residency, four weeks of online work to complete the residency coursework, and five more eight-week-long classes. Cohorts begin in January and July. The academic schedule allows for several weeks’ break at Christmas/New Year’s and during late June/early July.
Upon completion of a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, graduates should be able to:
1.0 – Integration/Critical Thinking
Critically integrate knowledge and skills from various fields including biblical studies, Christian history, theology, and education.
2.0 – Exploring Theological Ideas/Reflecting Theologically, Ethically, And SystematicallyTheologically
Develop theological conclusions using the Wesleyan quadrilateral, engaging the essential elements of pentecostal theology, and placing theological ideas within their historical development.
3.0 – Performing and Reporting Theological Research
Produce graduate-level theological research by utilizing critical research and information literacy skills.
4.0 – Interpreting the Biblical Text
Produce and evaluate interpretations of Christian Scripture using inductive, literary, socio-cultural, and theological approaches.
5.0 – Spiritual Formation
Conduct themselves with Christian maturity, demonstrating submission to and empowerment by the Holy Spirit through love for God and others and the ability to connect each aspect of demonstrating the human person with God’s grace, redemption, and purpose with diverse contexts.
6.0 – Teaching
Construct teaching plans and curriculum for communicating biblical and theological truth in various settings.
Office of Admissions
Life Pacific University
1100 W. Covina Blvd.
San Dimas, CA. 91773
Online | 48-Unit Program
$13,440 annually ( 2-year program)
This is an approximate cost. All stated financial information is subject to change.
- Graduation Fee: $200-$300
- Residency Fee: $275
- Travel to Residency: Varies
*Scholarships & Financial Aid Available
WSCUC | ABHE
Life Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and through the Association for biblical Education (ABHE).
The online cohort moves as a group from class to class through the sequential, 48-unit curriculum. Students begin each year of the program with a one- week residency followed by four weeks of online work. They then transition to a series of five eight-week-long online courses that are scheduled one at a time, back to back.
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program prepares men and women to serve and lead in a variety of ministry roles such as pastors, missionaries, church planters, chaplains, and parachurch ministry staff. The degree is also for those seeking positions that require ordination or for those who plan to go on to doctoral-level studies. Career options include professions such as:
- Religious studies teachers
- K-12 educators
- University lecturers
- Non-Profit leaders
Completed applications (including transcripts and supporting documents) are due by November 15th for January cohort enrollment and May 15th for July cohort enrollment. Admissions decisions on completed applications are made within approximately two weeks.
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