Expand your spiritual and academic understanding
Housed under ACU’s Graduate School of Theology, the master’s degree in Theological Studies provides students like you the opportunity to build off your love of theology, history, and Scripture in an online environment. ACU is proud to be one of the select number of institutions among Churches of Christ to offer a degree designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral work in religious studies at any competitive university around the world.
ACU’s Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.
About the Program
The Master of Theological Studies program aims to propel your vocational calling by offering you the best curriculum designed by religious researchers and theological scholars. As the church becomes less focused on truth and scriptural understanding, it is up to theological experts to dig, observe, and research the issues faced by Christians. Whether your interests lie in Old Testament, New Testament, Ancient and Medieval Church History, Modern American Church History, or General Theology, this degree is ideal for those seeking to pursue a future career within private academies, in specialized ministry areas, or at research-based universities. Adapting to the changing realities of ministerial and academic practices, this Master of Theological Studies program will mold scholars to serve the needs of both the church and the world.
All the Details on Your Degree
Throughout the required 48 credit hours, this online degree will develop future academic professors, researchers, writers, and thinkers through critical and constructive engagement with tradition and contemporary scholarship in systematic theology, Christian ethics, philosophy, and church history. Accordingly, this degree will cultivate fair-minded, informed, spiritually sensitive, and well-prepared students for academic work and ministry.
Total: 48 hours
Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament
Research Problems in Theology
History of Christianity I & II: Early to Medieval, Reformation to Present
Upcoming Start Dates
January 16, 2024
May 6, 2024
August 26, 2024
ACU’s online Master of Theological Studies degree will teach you how to actively research primary sources and issues of scholarly discussion in biblical studies, theology, or church history to advance the field and collaborate with other religious scholars around the world. Throughout the program, you will also gain the ability to use the latest research methods to produce original research in one of the following concentrations:
Designed to equip you with a solid foundation in Old Testament studies, this concentration will train you how to think, not what to think. You will gain proficiency in appropriate exegetical tools and languages, as well as a broad understanding of textual and theological issues while improving your ability to interpret a variety of Old Testament texts.
Focused on deepening your understanding of New Testament studies, this concentration will train you how to use exegetical tools and languages to better comprehend, exegete, interpret, and teach a variety of New Testament texts within their larger theological contexts for a richer knowledge base.
Diving into more theological study tools and scholarship, this concentration will help you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to engage and deploy the resources of the Christian tradition in order to advance the practice of theology in the church, academia and society.
Ancient and Oriental Christianity
Exploring the roots of the Christian religion, this concentration is ideal for those who have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts, and wish to enrich their theological foundations for ministry, teaching, or further study. The coursework will provide you with the foundations of historical research and integration to further sharpen your writing and teaching skills.
Modern and American Christianity
Within the last five centuries, scholars have witnessed the fascinating and complex development of global Christianity. Geared within a more research-centered focus, this concentration aims to deepen one’s historical understanding of Christian expressions and traditions spanning from the 16th to the 21st Century, with a hyper-focus on the beginnings of America’s Christian foundation.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Tera Harmon, Master of 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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