Master of Arts (Theology)

(MAT)

The Master of Arts (Theology) degree provides a fuller mastery of one area or discipline of theological study than is normally provided at the MDiv level. The program may serve a variety of aims: further graduate study, preparation for the doctoral level, preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined reflection on a specialized function in ministry. This degree is built upon a baccalaureate degree in religion or theology.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Matthew 7:24

See Admission Requirements.

Program Brochure

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) is a graduate degree designed for those called to teach God’s word and desiring a greater level of study in a specific concentration. As a result, the MAT program is very flexible, allowing for concentrations in one of four areas:

  • Scripture and Witness
  • Faith and Heritage
  • Ministry and Formation
  • Worship and Mission

For specific prerequisites per concentration see our Program Brochure.

All courses required for the MAT degree program are offered Online.

Program Goals

The central goals (adapted from ATS standard 4.10) of the Carroll MA (Theology) degree, as an advanced program that is oriented toward fuller mastery is a specific theological discipline, include the following:

Goal 1: Master of Arts (Theology) degree recipients will demonstrate an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline in the context of general theological study.
Goal 2: Master of Arts (Theology) degree recipients will demonstrate a capacity to use research methods and resources in a focused area or discipline, and the ability to formulate productive questions.

Core Courses
Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS
GatewayBHCTI—50002
Concentration Elective2
Concentration Elective2
Concentration Elective2
Concentration Elective2
Concentration Elective2
Concentration Elective2
ADDITIONAL STUDIES IN SCRIPTURE AND WITNESS CLUSTER
Scripture & Witness Cluster ElectiveSW2
Scripture & Witness Cluster ElectiveSW2
ADDITIONAL STUDIES IN FAITH AND HERITAGE CLUSTER
Faith & Heritage Cluster ElectiveFH2
Faith & Heritage Cluster ElectiveFH2
ADDITIONAL STUDIES IN MINISTRY AND FORMATION CLUSTER
Ministry & Formation Cluster ElectiveMF2
Ministry & Formation Cluster ElectiveMF2
ADDITIONAL STUDIES IN WORSHIP AND MISSION CLUSTER
Worship & Mission Cluster ElectiveWM2
Worship & Mission Cluster ElectiveWM2
THESIS
Thesis IBHCTI—52142
Thesis IIBHCTI—52152
Total Units:34

Units Required

Avg Years

Cost per Unit

Joseph Cathey

Joseph Cathey

Director

Prior to his service at B.H. Carroll, Dr. Cathey taught Old Testament, biblical languages and archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Dallas Baptist University and was guest professor at the International Theological Seminary in Tanzania, Africa. He has also studied archaeology at the University of Leicester in England.

Phone: (972) 580-7600

Email: jcathey@bhcarroll.edu

Interested in the Master of Arts (Theology) program?

I readily benefitted at Carroll from the steadfast commitment to the Word of God, professors who love the Lord, and classmates walking this road into ministry alongside me.

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is a trailblazer in the area of theological education, using technology and the local church to enrich the ministry practice of its students. Through the formation of collaborative communities of learning, Carroll nurtures the souls and sharpens the minds of both faculty and students alike.

Carroll Theological Institute is not only a superb theological education (and it is that)—but it is also an immersion into Christian ministry. Jesus said, “As you go, become disciple-makers” (Matt. 28: 19-20). Carroll is about developing the best “disciple-makers” possible.