Master of
Theological Studies in

Ancient and
Oriental Christianity

If you have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts and wish to enrich your theological foundations for ministry, teaching or further study, the Master of Theological Studies track in Ancient and Oriental Christianity might be the graduate degree for you. Though the program has a broad focus on exploring the roots of religion, it offers special opportunities in learning about the Christian East.

Ready to be a part of a program that explores the past to prepare you for your future? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

If you have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts and wish to enrich your theological foundations for ministry, teaching or further study, the Master of Theological Studies track in Ancient and Oriental Christianity might be the graduate degree for you. Though the program has a broad focus on exploring the roots of religion, it offers special opportunities in learning about the Christian East.

Ready to be a part of a program that explores the past to prepare you for your future? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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Application Deadline (Priority)

April 24

Application Deadline (Standard)

August 10

Application Deadline (Spring/Summer)

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M.T.S. in Ancient and Oriental Christianity

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Why Ancient and Oriental Christianity?

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Primarily suited for students preparing to pursue doctoral study, this program will equip you with advanced academic foundations in historical research and integration, with an emphasis on the languages needed to conduct such research. You will sharpen your research and writing skills as you take part in intensive reading of primary historical and theological works. Students in this program may have special opportunities to participate in CSART projects.

This program can prepare you to engage the growing fascination with the theology and spirituality of eastern Christian communities, and equip you to function better as a class teacher in congregational contexts, or as a missionary and church planter in non-western contexts.

Program Structure

WHAT TO EXPECT

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years
Credit hours: 48
2023/2024 tuition per credit hour: $779

Example Coursework 

History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
Theological Explorations
Christian Mission in Global Contexts
Explorations in the Christian East

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority: April 24
Fall Standard: August 10
Summer & Spring: Please contact ACU’s Graduate School of Theology (gst@acu.edu or 325-674-3735)

Frequently Asked Questions

OUTCOMES

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Research Sources

Graduates will have critical facility with the most important primary sources and issues of scholarly discussion in biblical studies, theology, or church history.

Research Methods

Graduates will have ability to use the best current methods of research in one of the following disciplines: biblical studies, theology, or church history.

Original Research

Graduates will demonstrate ability to produce scholarly contributions in their field of study.

Jeff Childers

Dr. Jeff Childers
Professor of Church History
Carmichael-Walling Chair for New Testament and Early Christianity
Director, Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts
DPhil, University of Oxford, 1996
jeff.childers@acu.edu

  • 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 GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A reflective essay (purpose statement) 3-5 pages typed, double-spaced (see guidelines here),
  • Complete an academic writing assessment

Download the program brochure for more information about the program format, degree plan, accreditation and distinctives that set ACU’s program apart.