Online Master of Arts in Theological Studies

ACU’s online 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.

ACU’s online 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.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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This 100% online ministry degree is ideal if you’re seeking personal enrichment. This degree also equips you to draw from the resources of the Christian tradition and to advance the practice of theology in the church, academia, and contemporary society.

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

Required Hours

36 hours
24 months

Example Coursework

Biblical Exegesis
Systematic Theology
History of Christianity

Upcoming Start Dates

January 9, 2023
May 1, 2023

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Tera Harmon, Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Dr. Tera Harmon is an assistant professor in Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology. After receiving a BA in Biblical Text and an MDiv from ACU, she went to the Catholic University of America to study patristics, completing a Ph.D. in Church History in 2016. Her major field of study is Greek patristics and has done work on Gregory of Nyssa. She teaches courses on the history of Christianity and is the Director of Distance Learning for the Graduate School of Theology.  She has lived in Washington D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and now lives in Abilene, Texas with her husband, David Todd, and their three children.


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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general competence in fundamental biblical, historical, theological, and related disciplines.
  2. Exhibit competence in a particular concentrated area of study.
  3. Demonstrate how their coursework has enriched their application of biblical and theological disciplines.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit 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.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Author a personal statement of interest.
  • Complete a writing assessment.
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The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines.