Master of Arts in Theological Studies


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The Master of Art in Theological Studies, MA/TS, provides a basic understanding of Christianity for general educational purposes. Trinity’s MA/TS draws from the breadth of the curriculum requiring substantive study in biblical, theological, and historical and global areas, combined with a significant number of hours in the student’s area of interest. The MA/TS is particularly suited for Christians desiring to better understand God’s revelation to humanity in the biblical and theological context of orthodox historic Christianity and who are engaged in non-church-related vocations or for those seeking a general theological degree to accompany a specialized master’s degree. As a seminary degree, its particular focus is to relate theological studies to the work of the church. Program participants may also elect to focus their elective coursework, capstone project, and field education coursework on a particular subject area available in the curriculum or at their particular site. 

The MA/TS may be completed in full at our TEDS Milwaukee, Wisconsin extension site, now offering two convenient locations. Some coursework may also be completed through TEDS online courses or at the main TEDS Deerfield, Illinois campus.  

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies will be able to: 

  • understand the biblical and theological constructs that form the foundation for the Christian faith
  • think critically and constructively about the historic and global contexts of Christianity
  • examine closely an area of Christian studies of personal interest
  • articulate their Christian faith in light of their present vocational engagement
  • grow in personal and spiritual maturity
  • demonstrate competence in writing and research

Course Curriculum

Courses for MA/TS Students