Master of Arts in Theological Studies

ACU’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a flexible degree program designed for those who wish to deepen their theological foundation and gain greater competence in selected areas of religious knowledge. This 100% online ministry degree is ideal if you’re seeking personal enrichment.

With many elective hours, you can personalize the degree to match your particular passions and interests. The coursework equips you for graduate-level work and provides advanced study of theological disciplines for those whose aspirations aren’t (or do not include) professional ministry.

We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students. Learn more about scholarships and other financial aid options.

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What outcomes can you expect from an online graduate degree program for ministers?

  1.  Foundations: Students will demonstrate general competence in fundamental biblical, historical, theological, and related disciplines.
  2. Focus: Students will demonstrate competence in a particular concentrated area of study.
  3. Application: Students will demonstrate how their coursework has enriched their application of biblical and theological disciplines.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee.
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application).
  • Personal statement of interest.
  • Academic writing sample.

Degree Highlights


Credit hours: 36

Program length: 24 months

Example Coursework

Biblical Exegesis

Systematic Theology

History of Christianity


Graduate School of Theology

Upcoming Start Dates

May 4, 2020