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Master of Arts
(Historical & Theological Studies)

Going further with your studies

Purpose

This degree is intended to prepare students for further graduate study in history, theology, or ethics; to equip leaders for teaching in denominational or local church contexts; and to serve Christians who do not plan to teach but who desire a deeper understanding of their faith. The degree is flexible to serve these different purposes. It can be completed through online courses, face-to-face courses, or a combination of both. A master’s thesis is optional.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA (Historical & Theological Studies), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi- faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Demonstrate skill in historical and/or theological research.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts (Historical & Theological Studies) degree must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale. This degree may be completed entirely online or through a combination of course delivery methods.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
CHS/CTH 7798 Senior Seminar or CHS/CTH 7799 Thesis 3 hours
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Historical and Theological Studies Courses
Choose 1 of the following:
CHS 6620 Varieties of Early Christian Thought 3 hours
NTS 6652 New Testament Theology 3 hours
CHS 6630 History and Thought of the Reformation 3 hours
CHS 6640 Contemporary Theological Perspectives 3 hours
CHS/CTH Electives 6 hours
ETH Elective 3 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 55 hours

MA(HT) Videos

Beth Hoffman

Beth's first audited class awakened the desire within her to earn a full seminary degree. She has no idea what lies beyond the degree but is excited to walk that path in faith.

Mike Hadinger

Mike's first year at seminary has confirmed that ATS is where God wants him. The professors, classes, and quickly-developed friendships have all contributed in different and significant ways to BOTH Mike's academic and spiritual growth.

Interested?

The Master of Arts (Historical and Theological Studies) is intended to prepare students for further graduate study in history, theology, or ethics; to equip leaders for teaching in denominational or local church contexts; and to serve Christians who do not plan to teach but who desire a deeper understanding of their faith. Alumni have continued in doctoral programs at Fuller, Kent State, the University of Tennessee, Duquesne, Trinity, Durham, St. Andrews, and Oxford.


Who to Contact

Glenn Black gblack@ashland.edu 419-289-5151