Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Perhaps you’re seeking to further your knowledge of theology, or maybe you’d like to enhance your current career and spiritual life. The Master’s (Theological Studies) can help you meet your goals, all while deepening your relationship with God.

Both rigorous and interdisciplinary, the program emphasizes biblical studies, church history, and theology. In it, you’ll build a solid theological foundation that will help inform the career and life decisions you make after graduation.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to engage in high-level, publishable critical research, analysis, and writing about theology and its related disciplines
  • Methods of biblical interpretation and how to apply it in different contexts
  • Techniques and tools for explaining and evaluating Bible doctrine

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, two years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered both on campus and online, so you can choose the delivery format that works best for your schedule and learning style.

What You Can Do with This Degree

A theological studies degree can enrich any career and open doors to many new opportunities, especially those involving church and missionary work.

  • Academic Careers: Teaching at colleges, seminaries, and universities, or Ph.D. and research work
  • Church & Ministry Work: Serving as a pastor or associate pastor, member of a church staff, or as a campus or parachurch ministry professional
  • Missionary: Work cross-culturally both in the United States and abroad to help communities and draw people closer to God

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes, with special preparation for church and ministry work
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide expert academic advising
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well 

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Program 1 Course of Study

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Bible and Theology 21
BIB 5112 Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation & Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
  Choose five courses from among BIB, GRE, HEB, HIS, or THE. 15
RES 7961 Bible and Theology Integrative Seminar 3

Program 2 Course of Study

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Mission and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
  Choose five courses from among BIB, GRE, HEB, HIS, or THE. 15
RES 7961 Bible and Theology Integrative Seminar 3
Open Electives   6

Admission Requirements

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

Review the application instructions and begin your application