Our new Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree (MATS) provides you with a strong theological foundation for church leadership or advanced studies.

It is designed for those who seek to explore a deeper theological understanding, prepare for further academic work, or probe questions of personal religious concern. You can tailor the program to fit your academic and career interests. You’ll complete a capstone project that allows you to delve deeply into an area that drives your curiosity.

Our fully accredited MATS program is offered online and in person on both the Lancaster Seminary campus in Lancaster, Pa., and on the Moravian Seminary campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

Our MATS is a 48-credit degree program. We designed an extremely flexible program to meet the various needs of our students.

There are 24 required credits and 24 credits set aside for electives.

You can finish in two years by taking 12+ credits per semester or finish in four-to-six years by taking fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Flexible and Innovative

Our MATS degree program is designed to fit both your busy schedule and your educational goals.

You have full-time and part-time options.

You can choose to take courses online or in person on either campus in Bethlehem and Lancaster.

We offer a weekend schedule with classes held on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings that is ideal for working adults.

Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday starting at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.and on Friday starting at 7:00 p.m. There are no classes on Wednesday. Saturday classes are held at 9:00 a.m and sometimes at 11:15 a.m.

Our MATS program addresses these learning outcomes:

  • Interpret and critically analyze sacred and theological artifacts, and practices of your own and other traditions.
  • Articulate and practice a theological and ethical understanding of authority, power, and accountability that recognizes, supports, and affirms the dignity and worth of all persons.
  • Demonstrate depth of understanding and research competency in a particular area resulting in a coherent, researched discussion in an integrative project.

Our courses are timely and relevant, driven by questions the Church and the world are asking. Combined with the deep learning at the heart of our rich academic heritage, you will be prepared for the challenges of contemporary religious engagement. Click here for the MATS 2024 Curriculum Overview.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Theological Education
  • Engaging the Questions Together
  • MATS Education Research Seminar
  • MATS Education Capstone Seminar
  • MATS Capstone Project