The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) satisfies a variety of general academic and vocational purposes. It can serve as preparation for advanced graduate study in related theological disciplines, as a foundation for combining forms of Christian ministry with other professions, or as a basis for creating new perspectives on church and society through informed theological study.
At EDS, students studying for this degree have the option of organizing their program of studies around a concentration in Studies in Feminist Liberation Theologies. The MATS is not designed for students seeking the educational qualifications required for ordained ministries. The MATS program is a two-year program for full time students and four-years for distributive learning students.
The primary academic focus of the MATS is the achievement of Special Competence in one curriculum area and General Competence in another. These areas may be drawn from the seven canonical areas or may be self-defined. MATS students participate in the Foundations course, curriculum conference, and final year conference. They also submit a Statement of Goals and Program and a Competence Grid to the Degrees Committee at the end of the first full year of study, as well as a short final Integration Paper. Candidates may include field education in their programs, but are not required to do so.
Special Concentration: Studies in Feminist Liberation Theologies
This concentration is offered for individuals who wish to engage in theological education using the perspectives, methodologies, and advocacy commitments of Feminist Liberation Theologies (FLT). The concentration provides focused opportunities for exploring the intersections of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of systemic oppression in a broadly Christian context. The general requirements of the MATS program apply to the concentration in FLT, with the addition of a required course in feminist theory and a thesis or praxis project written during the final year.