Master of Arts
in Theological Studies

The Master’s degree program in Theological Studies is for those who want to deepen their understanding and engagement of the Bible, and of theological issues in multi-ethnic and crosscultural contexts; gain leadership and ministry skills in various contexts of ministry; and learn to take an analytical approach to the historical and contemporary issues of mission. The program challenges the student to think critically by examining historical, philosophical, ethical, and practical theology. It is designed for students who seek a terminal degree for a ministry of teaching theology in Bible institutes, local churches or para-church organisations; pastors who perceive the need to update and enrich their theological education to keep abreast of the everchanging theological issues and movements in the contemporary world; and lay persons who desire to be more effective in their local churches through an increased understanding of theology.

Faithful leadership in Christian ministry in general requires encountering the challenges of a changing world in the manifold of issues derived from cultural, socioeconomic, political, and spiritual realities and relationships with Jesus of Nasareth. Underwood’s Master’s of Theological Studies degree program provides students with opportunities to become non-ordained leaders in church, society and any religious organisation through academic excellence, critical reflection, and faithful witness.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program are to help students to:

  1. help students develop an understanding of the profundity of Christian truths through coursework in foundational disciplines, Bible, philosophy , theology, and history;
  2. instill a solid theological foundation in order for students to pursue a terminal degree in the fields of theology, Biblical, and/or intercultural studies;
  3. provide students with opportunities to excel as Christian leaders in church, society, and any religious organisation through academic competency, critical reflection, and faithful witness; to equip students with an evangelistic perspective and principles of leadership and the right application of Biblical/theological knowledge;
  4. participate in the expansion of the Kingdom of God through global evangelism and missions.

Program Requirements

University Core Courses 3 Credits
General Core Courses 15 Credits
Major Core Courses 21 Credits
Major Elective Courses 9 Credits
Total        48Credits


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