The purpose of the Master of Arts in Theology and Culture (MATC) is to enable effective witness and service both within the Christian community and to the larger society. Through exploration of the various influences on contemporary culture and theology, you will come to a better understanding of your own assumptions and those of your faith tradition.
The program encourages the development of the necessary understanding and skills for effective engagement with cultural trends, social transformation, and the attendant challenges facing the church. The goal is to develop thinking and practice that is biblically informed and creatively faithful to the historic mission of the Christian faith. Students integrate a comprehensive arts approach to theological graduate education drawing from theology, philosophy, history, and biblical studies, thus enabling the student to engage in theological and spiritual reflection within a vibrant, Christian community.
Courses are offered on a scheduled rotation with one core offered each semester plus a couple of electives. A half-time student taking six credit hours per term can complete the program in eight semesters provided they follow the prescribed sequence, with courses scheduled across three annual terms. Our program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.
Throughout the year (Fall, Spring and Summer terms) core and elective courses are taught in Friday/Saturday intensives once a month with three weekends completing one course. During the Summer term one course is offered as a four day intensive: Tuesday–Friday (8:00am–5:00pm). Language courses are offered on weeknights, typically from 6:30–9:30pm.
A complete list of courses for the Master of Arts in Theology & Culture (MATC) program can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.