Program Overview


The Master’s degree program in Theological Studies is for those who want to deepen their understanding and engagement of the Bible, and of theological issues in multi-ethnic and crosscultural contexts; gain leadership and ministry skills in various contexts of ministry; and learn to take an analytical approach to the historical and contemporary issues of mission. The program challenges the student to think critically by examining historical, philosophical, ethical, and practical theology. It is designed for students who seek a terminal degree for a ministry of teaching theology in Bible institutes, local churches or para-church organizations; pastors who perceive the need to update and enrich their theological education to keep abreast of the everchanging theological issues and movements in the contemporary world; and lay persons who desire to be more effective in their local churches through an increased understanding of theology.

Faithful leadership in Christian ministry in general requires encountering the challenges of a changing world in the manifold of issues derived from cultural, socioeconomic, political, and spiritual realities and relationships with Jesus of Nazareth. Underwood’s Master’s of Theological Studies degree program provides students with opportunities to become non-ordained leaders in church, society and any religious organization through academic excellence, critical reflection, and faithful witness.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the MATS program are

1. to help students develop an understanding of the profundity of Christian truths through coursework in foundational disciplines, Bible, philosophy/theology, and history;

2. to instill a solid theological foundation in order for students to pursue a terminal degree in the fields of theology, Biblical, and/or intercultural studies;

3. to provide students with opportunities to excel as Christian leaders in church, society, and any religious organization through academic competency, critical reflection, and faithful witness; to equip students with an evangelistic perspective and principles of leadership and the right application of Biblical/theological knowledge;

4. participate in the expansion of the Kingdom of God through global evangelism and missions.

For more information please download the Underwood University 2019-2020 Catalog