Master of Arts Theology and Mission

The Master of Arts in Theology and Mission equips you for local and sustainable mission by offering a strong biblical and theological base for engaging in God’s mission and for leading a community on mission.

If you are interested in this new program, or know someone who might be, please apply here, or connect with Northern Seminary.

Innovative Program

Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring more effort than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the skills of preaching, teaching, counseling, and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community.

This program includes all the courses in Bible, Church History, and Theology that you need, but goes further. You will develop theological, missiological, and leadership skills to be a missionary pastor in the North American mission field.


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You might also be interested in our “Theology & Mission Lectureship” with Stanley Hauerwas, or our free ebook, “Why Seminary? 10 Reasons.”




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Upcoming Starting Points

Fall 2018, Classes Begin in September

Winter 2019, Classes Begin in January

Spring 2019, Classes Begin in April

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Complete the MA in Theology and Mission from anywhere!

The MA in Theology and Mission is one of the first cohort model Masters programs to be launched via our Live-Streaming technology. Smart classroom technology enables you to interact with our premier faculty and engage in Northern’s vibrant classroom experience without leaving your faith community. Click here for more details.

Innovative Pricing

This program offers an innovative price structure especially suited for a new kind of pastoral leader. Through scholarships available to qualified students, the cost of the program will be substantially lower than most Masters Degrees in theology.

Innovative Content

The classes for the MATM are specifically chosen to nurture the skills of theological reflection and cultural engagement.

Program Courses:

  • Mission-Shaped Church – MN 433
  • Theology of Church and Culture (TH 303)
  • Sexual Ethics and the Family – TE 417
  • Christianity and Pluralism – TH 406
  • Discerning the Triune God – TH 431
  • Topics in Missional Theology 1
  • Topics in Missional Theology 2
  • Topics in Missional Theology 3

Core Courses:

  • The Pentateuch (OT 301)
  • The Former Prophets (OT 302)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (NT 301)
  • Paul’s Letters and Acts (NT 302)
  • Letters to the Early Churches (NT 303)
  • History of Christianity I (CH 301)
  • History of Christianity II (CH 302
  • Christian Theology I (TH 301)
  • Christian Theology II (TH 302)
  • Masters Thesis – write an integrative paper as well as a research paper on a theology and mission topic.

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Program Completion Time

Students have two options to complete the program:

  • Complete the program in four years by taking one class at a time on Tuesdays.
  • Complete the program in two years by taking two classes at a time on Monday and Tuesday.


Uniqueness of Program

Affordable: LOW monthly payment plan for those qualifying for scholarships

Local: Be part of a growing community of theologian-practitioners by remaining in your local ministry context while pursuing this degree through coming to campus once a week.

Mentoring: Theological and Ministry Mentoring with David Fitch (monthly integration meetings)

Faculty: First class faculty in Old and New Testament, Theology, and Ministry courses: David Fitch, Dennis Edwards, Scot McKnight, Cherith Fee Nordling, Robert Price.

Lectureship: Once a year we will have a world class missional thinker give open lectures on theology and mission that will double as a class.

Why pursue this Masters of Arts instead of an MDiv?

This Master of Arts in Theology and Mission provides a base of academic work that will be useful for completing an MDiv or for pursuing further academic work (ThM or PhD). The MATM is a practically grounded academic degree building upon the ministerial skills you already have and preparing you for ministry contexts that are rapidly coming.

Or, do both! Dual-Degree Option

Students can enroll concurrently in the MDiv and the Master of Arts in Theology & Mission. A maximum of 27 quarter hours may count towards both degrees, resulting in a total number of 138 credit hours for both degrees. This dual degree option has a reduced per-credit tuition rate if the student takes the MA courses in the cohort sequence.

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