Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S) Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S) Online Degree Program

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Make a Lasting Impact through Liberty’s Online Theology Degree

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) is designed to provide you with an in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments, systemic theology, and the Christian Church, among other areas of interest. The program is geared towards individuals seeking an introductory graduate degree in religion to use in a supportive role in their local church or organization. The M.A.T.S. may be used as a foundational degree towards admission into Liberty’s 60-hour Master of Arts in Religion or 93-hour Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program.

By earning your Theological Studies degree online, you will be well prepared for careers in various faith-based organizations. You will be immersed in biblical studies and experiential learning as you dive into research methods and ministry. As a leader in the Christian faith, we know you want more than a career- you want to make an impact. With our online Masters in Theological Studies degree, you can gain the knowledge and training you will need to make a difference in the lives of congregates, students and your community. 

What Makes Liberty’s Master's in Theological Studies Degree Stand out?

Our online theology degree is an industry leader in theological programs, taught by professionals with real-world experience in pastoral and ministry settings. Our M.A. in Theological Studies can be completed 100% online. Each eight-week long course effectively allows students the flexibility to complete assignments any time during the week, day or night, with no required login times.

Other highlights of the theological studies program include:

  • By earning your theology degree online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set you apart from others in the field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students are able to complete the MTS degree in about two years.

What You Will Learn in the Online Master's in Theology Program

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You will begin your masters of theology online degree learning about major developments in Christian history and an overview of Church History designed to improve your understanding of the global development of theological, exegetical, and practical trends within the life of the Church. As you reach junior and senior status, you will begin an in-depth study of hermeneutics including a study of the history of interpretation, both biblical and extra-biblical, and an examination of the current status of various interpretive approaches to the Scriptures.

You may also be interested in exploring our master degree in DivinityReligion, or Christian Ministry.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following military-friendly benefits for the online Theological Studies program:

  • Discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 per semester - only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*


* Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the MA in Theological Studies are charged at the part-time rate.

Master's in Theological Studies Program Format

  • 100% Online

  • 36 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and available.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Master's of Theological Studies Online Degree Information and Requirements

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Liberty’s professors are chosen with you in mind. As you pursue your masters in theology degree online, you will learn from professors that began with your same passion. The faculty at Liberty have experience as a Gold Medallion award-winning author, seminar presenter, lead pastor, missionary, church planter, and just about every specialty the field of theology touches in a professional and administrative setting. You will learn from their vast years of experience, combined with your knowledge, to grow in practice and leadership. 

Potential Career Options with a Masters of Theology Online

  • Christian Author

  • Ministry Worker

  • Missionary
  • Pastor


See Yourself Succeed with a Master's in Theological Studies Degree

As a theological studies major, your career goals vary, and that is why this online degree program is such a great fit. You can use your experiences from Liberty as you begin your career and look toward your future. Liberty University will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be confident, and possess relevant knowledge and training, in any industry you choose through your online theology degree.