Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts degree in Theology provides leaders with the opportunity to study with premier Pentecostal scholars. The professors, experienced and passionate, are also accessible, relevant, and dedicated to personalizing everything they do.
A collaborative learning environment promotes critical thinking skills, shared participation, and the cultivation of long-standing networks in a faith community.

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Course work in Biblical theology and Scriptural interpretation are integrated with ethics, leadership, and practical ministry application positioning leaders to be impactful in ministry. For those who desire to go to the next level in higher education, the program also offers the requisite foundational courses towards a doctoral degree.
Following a cohort model, courses comprised of face to face class-time, live video conferencing, and other media, include a variety of outstanding learning opportunities.

Because a Jakes Divinity School experience is paramount, the MAT will also offer Jakes’ micro-courses throughout the degree journey.  These specialized courses are taught by JDS faculty and special guests featured at JDS leadership conferences.
Packaged in manageable 8-week courses, students concentrate on one course at a time while continuing to fulfill their role in ministry or professional world.

  • Systematic Theology: Christology, Anthropology, Soteriology
  • New Testament Theology and Exegesis
  • Old Testament Theology and Exegesis
  • Biblical Exegesis and Expository Preaching
  • Systematic Theology: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology Systematic Theology: Theological Method, Revelation, and Theology Proper
  • Seminar in Old Testament
  • Christology in the New Testament
  • Church and Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Theology and Theory of Leadership
  • Theology and Ministry in a Post-Modern Context

Elective Courses (12 units):

  • Beginning Hebrew I
  • Beginning Hebrew II
  • Intermediate Hebrew I
  • Intermediate Hebrew II
  • Old Testament Ethics
  • Special Topics
  • Individual Study in Old Testament
  • Beginning Greek I
  • Beginning Greek II
  • Intermediate Greek I
  • Intermediate Greek II
  • Parables of Teaching
  • New Testament Ethics
  • Special Topics
  • Individual Study in New Testament
  • Special Topics
  • Individual Study in Theology and Ethics
  • History of Spirituality
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Change and Strategic Planning
  • Team Development and Conflict Management
  • Leadership and Character Development
  • Mission and Culture in Theological Perspective
  • Special Topics
  • Field Education in Student Ministries
  • Field Education in Church Administration
  • Field Education in Worship Leadership
  • Field Education in Family Life and Small Group Ministries
  • Field Education in Pastoral Leadership Ministries

Integrative Seminar Option
Directed Reading Option

  • Exit Option and Design Proposal
  • Directed Reading

Master’s Thesis Option

  • Exit Option and Design Proposal
  • Master’s Thesis

Unit Requirements

Core Courses:
33 credit hours
$560 per credit hour
$18,480

Electives Courses
12 credit hours
$560 per credit hour
$6,720

Exit Option:
3 credit hours
$560 per credit hour
$1,680

Total
48 credit hours

$26,880

Costs

  • $560 per credit hour
  • 48 units
  • Technology fee: $200 per semester
  • Graduate Program Fee: $200 per semester

Estimated tuition costs based on 2020-2021 tuition rates.

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The degree is offered online with some face-to-face opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experience. All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not eligible to accept students from the states of New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Delaware, Alabama, Virgin Islands, Indiana, and Maryland in degrees powered by Vanguard University

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Master of Arts in Theology FAQs

The Master of Arts in Theology degree program at Jakes Divinity School is powered by Vanguard University. The Master of Arts degree in Theology provides leaders with the opportunity to study with premier Pentecostal scholars.  The professors, experienced and passionate, are also accessible, relevant, and dedicated to personalizing everything they do.  A collaborative learning environment promotes critical thinking skills, shared participation, and the cultivation of long-standing networks in a faith community.

Graduates Become:

  • Theology Professors
  • Non-profit workers
  • Social workers
  • Humanitarians
  • Senior Pastors
  • Archeologists

  • Counselors
  • Journalists
  • Historians
  • Teachers
  • Writers

  • $560 per credit hour
  • 48 units
  • Technology fee: $200 per semester
  • Graduate Program Fee: $200 per semester

This degree is offered in an online hybrid format with opportunities for face-to-face residencies twice a year and live video conferencing.

Each of our online courses are to be taken 1 class each 7 weeks.
Students are also encouraged to participate in two residencies per year – the International Leadership Summit and the JDS Symposium.

Applicants will need to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in order to be considered for the MAT program.

Yes. Please refer to the financial registration deadline and academic registration dates made available through your JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator.

Yes. You have the option of applying for federal loans, grants and/or scholarships.

Federal guidelines generally require students to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units/semester hours to use federal financial aid. Students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (FAFSA) if starting in Module 3 of any semester. If starting in Module 3, students will only be enrolled in 3 units (1 course). Students can still be admitted for Module 3 of a semester and pay out of pocket for tuition.

Complete a FAFSA application and use School Code: 001293 for Vanguard.
Click here to complete a Spanish FAFSA application.

Yes. However, our JDS partner school, Vanguard University, does not accept applicants who reside in:  New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Alabama, Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Maryland. You may contact a JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator to discuss other program options that may fit your needs.

  • Official high school and college transcripts
    • All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:
      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        Vanguard University
        School for Professional Studies
        55 Fair Drive
        Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
      • Electronic transcripts can be sent to: spsadmissions@vanguard.edu (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).
  • Reference Forms
    • Download and complete the Reference Form.
    • In addition to the forms, two letters of recommendation must be submitted by both a pastoral and academic reference. Email the documents to kgreen@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS References – (Your first and last name here)”.
  • Personal Statement
    • Write a detailed statement of purpose describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree (include vocational reasons), as well as how your faith is related to this decision. Email your personal statement to kgreen@jakesdivinity.org.
    • Statement must be a minimum of 250 words.
  • Resume
    • Please provide a detailed resume and email it to kgreen@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Applicant Resume – (Your first and last name here)”.

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