Master of Arts
Do you want to broaden your biblical knowledge, deepen your faith, and sharpen your gifts? The Master of Arts will prepare you to teach, counsel, care, pursue justice and tell the good news of Jesus to everyone, everywhere.
The Master of Arts (MA) is our most flexible degree program. Fully half of the 48 credits needed to earn this degree are electives. That means YOU decide what interests you and where you want to focus your learning.
The MA is designed to provide men and women with the resources for thoughtful and competent Christian leadership in a broad range of ministry settings. It is grounded in integrated reflection on Scripture, systematic theology, and core Christian practices.
Courses are delivered through our acclaimed distance learning format and include hybrid and fully on-line offerings. For those who prefer to take most courses on campus, in residence options may also be available.
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has approved this Master of Arts program.
Sixteen distance learning courses (48 academic credits) are required to earn this degree. Eight required courses provide a general theological foundation. These are the core requirements:
- Old Testament Foundations
- New Testament Foundations
- Systematic Theology I
- Systematic Theology II
- Practice of Counsel and Care
- Practice of Discipleship
- Church History I or II
- Integrative Capstone
Eight elective courses provide students the flexibility to focus on their learning interests. Take a look at the various courses available.
WTS welcomes transfer students and transferred coursework. Up to half of the coursework required to complete the MA may be completed at another ATS accredited seminary.
Western Theological Seminary’s highly effective and relationship-rich distance learning environment makes coursework available wherever you are and whenever you want. Some courses are delivered completely online. Some use a hybrid design, blending online learning with two weeks per semester of face-to-face instruction on the WTS campus.
Three Distance Learning Sessions Annually
Fall Term: August–October, 9 weeks, coursework completely online
Winter Semester: November–March, 14 weeks, hybrid courses blending online learning with a campus residency
Late Spring Semester: March–June, 14 weeks, online or hybrid courses blending online with a campus residency