MA Theological Studies

Programme Description

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is designed for applicants who have a solid undergraduate background in theology and are desirous of being prepared academically to teach at the undergraduate level, for scholarly writing and/or doctoral studies. Students will be required to complete between fifteen (15) to twenty (20) courses depending on their theological emphasis.

Students without a theological background will be required to complete prerequisite courses as needed. 

Pastoral Studies (60 credit hours)

Pastoral Studies is one of three emphases, a combination of academic rigour and practical experience, tailored to prepare students for professional ministry and doctoral studies.

Biblical Studies (60 credit hours)

Biblical Studies is designed for students who desire a comprehensive understanding of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. While it is demanding this theological emphasis, at the same time is very rewarding. Students can do either a thesis or non-thesis option totalling 6 credits.

Theology (45 credit hours)

Theology is appropriate for those who would like to teach theology, conduct research in theology, or further their theological studies through doctoral work. This 45 credit-hour degree is designed for those who want to complete their studies within two years. Students have the option to do either a thesis or non-thesis totalling 6 credits.

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite courses are not for credit and are compulsory for students entering the programme without a first degree in theology or a similar discipline.

This masters degree falls under the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration of Course: 2 to 2 1/2 years

Basic Entry Requirements: 

  • We require a first degree (honours degree with a GPA of 2.7 or higher) from an accredited University or College.
  • Students to be interviewed by the head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Career Prospects for MATS

Our graduates are prepared to work professionally as pastors, lecturers, teachers as well as operate as leaders of opinion. They are also equipped for advanced training in Theological education at the highest level with a critical awareness of the theological, social, and political issues and trends of the day, especially in the Caribbean context.

As pastors, our graduates are empowered to communicate effectively with those whose worldview differs from the biblical perspective, especially regarding one’s understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ and the meaning of God’s truth in today’s world.

Finally, our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to be effective servant ministers in the Church and community.