Master of Arts in Theological Studies : MATS

Program Type

Masters Degree


54 Hours


2-3 Years

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is our most flexible program in which half the required courses draw from a broad curriculum in biblical, theological, historical, and cultural core courses, and the other half consists of electives that can be selected from across all of our degree offerings to meet the student’s ministry needs and interests. The degree can be completed entirely as a distance student using our Northern Live technology.

Delivery: On Campus or Distance

The MATS is available either on campus or distance education through a combination of interactive live-streaming and mentored learning in context. The core and specialization classes are delivered to students around the world via our state-of-the-art, interactive live-streaming technology. With Northern’s smart classroom technology, you can interact with the professor and other students no matter where you live, earning a seminary degree without leaving your church and community.

Requirements for Completion

The MACM program requires 54 quarter hours (the equivalent of 36 semester hours).

Click here for an updated Progress Report to help you to stay on track.


When does the next academic term begin? 

Northern Seminary does not run on a traditional semester calendar. Classes begin every 10 weeks. Open enrollment allows you to register throughout the year.

Are the classes virtual or in-person?

Northern classes are primarily virtual but include several in-person sessions per year.  

What are the costs for the program?

You can find tuition information here. You can also contact Josh Carney at 630.620.2188 or at

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by filling out this application.

Are there scholarships available?

You can find scholarship information here.

Can I sit in on a class to get a feel for the program? 

Call and or email Greg Armstrong at 630-620-2175 or for upcoming Taste of Northern events, which allow potential students to sit in on several of our current classes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Reach out to Greg Armstrong, Director of Enrollment, at  

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