MA IN Theological Studies

Online | Deerfield, IL | Columbus, OH | Hudson, OH | Milwaukee, WI | Miami, FL | North Lauderdale, FL

Why study Theological Studies Online at TEDS?

Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your home. Plus the convenience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let us work with you so that you can study online and benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer.

The MA/TS is our most flexible program both in focus and delivery method. It can be completed in its entirety at our Extension Sites, in combination with online courses, or in summer coursework at the Deerfield campus (as well as in traditional full- or part-time formats). This degree is particularly focused on tying the broad field of theological studies to the work of the church, and students have plenty of opportunities to focus their studies on particular subject areas that interest them.


In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

A bachelor’s degree, or the educational equivalent, from a recognized accredited institution. In some cases, admission with deficiencies is possible with fulfillment of those deficiencies at Trinity.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, GPA isn’t always an accurate indication of a student’s abilities, so those with a lower GPA are encouraged to talk to an admissions counselor. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5.


The flexibility of this program means that your course options will vary widely according to your interests, what’s available at particular Extension Sites, and courses you can take by cross-registering with other seminaries in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) consortium. You’ll want to pay attention to the most recent version of the Academic Catalog as well as to the course schedules for your Extension Site. Courses you’ll take will include the following:

Biblical / Theological / Historical Core: 21–33 hours
Biblical Studies: 8–12 hours
Course Title Credits
OT 5000 Introduction to the Old Testament 4 hours
NT 5000 Introduction to the New Testament 4 hours
Theological Studies: 9–12 hours
Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
Historical and Global Studies: 5–9 hours
Course Title Credits
CH 5051 History of Christianity I 3 hours
CH 5052 History of Christianity II (or CH 5060: American Church History) 3 hours
ID 6500 Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry 3 hours
ME 6410 History of Missions in the Modern World 3 hours
ME 6760 Theology of Mission & Evangelism 3 hours
ME 7710 Contextualization 3 hours
Electives: 11–14 hours
These courses may focus in a department or area of interest, or you can select courses from across the curriculum. This is one of the main strengths of the MA/TS: it is very customizable depending on whether you want a broader or more focused program.
Course Title Credits
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
Spiritual Formation, Field Ed, and Capstone: 4 hours
Course Title Credits
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
Select One:
Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Education (Two Semesters) 0 hours
PT 5090
IT 5080
Field Education (One Semester)
Formation Group (Two Semesters) 
0 hours 
Course Title Credits
ID 7468 MA (Theological Studies) Capstone Project 2 hours

Field Education

All MA/TS students, regardless of degree completion format, also have to complete field education requirements. Learn more about field ed here. (Link to Field Education Internships)


Because the MA/TS is so flexible, who you are determines where this degree will take you. If you fit any of the following profiles, the MA/TS may be for you:

  1. You’re passionate about the Church and deepening your knowledge of God, but you’re not in full-time vocational ministry (so you’re not interested in “professional” ministry credentials, like an MDiv). You might also live within commuting distance of an Extension Site.
  2. You’re already involved in ministry, you want to be a more faithful steward of that ministry through education, and you want to explore courses in your particular area of interest, but you don’t need the credentialing of an MDiv. Your ministry might also be within commuting distance of an Extension Site, and you love having the opportunity to get a solid education without having to leave your ministry context.
  3. You’re enrolled in another one of our Master’s programs and want to add a second, flexible degree that allows you to intently focus on a specific biblical-theological or ministry area.
  4. You think that you might want to complete an MDiv but aren’t sure about theological education – perhaps you wonder about the length of the MDiv, or whether an MDiv is what you need. An MA / TS is a great introduction to theological education. Furthermore, someone who completes the MA / Theological Studies may later apply all of those credits to an MDiv (this takes care of about 1/3 of the MDiv coursework), and this is true even if you earned your entire MA / TS at an Extension Site.

The MA / TS is a broad, flexible foundation for different sorts of future academic or ministry pursuits.


Interested in seminary coursework, but not ready to enroll or don’t qualify for admission? Our Certificate in Christian Studies (Link to Certificate in Christian Studies) is a flexible, non-degree program that may interest you.


Students in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MA/TS) can add a Master of Arts in Bioethics without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. Learn More.

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