Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Discover Deeper Faith through Mentorship and Ministry with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Yellowstone Theological Institute’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree is an intensive program which gives its graduates the tools to thrive in a variety of roles, whether inside the church or in other businesses and organizations.

The MATS model allows students to pursue their degree without uprooting their lives. Weeklong intensive evening classes are held in Bozeman every academic term. Each course also includes reading prior to the week of class and several weeks of follow-up assignments, projects, and interaction with the instructor.

Students in the MATS program pursue the heart of God while wrestling with the hard questions through rigorous study of the Bible and other religious texts. They develop their abilities to seek, find, and share God’s love through study and discussion, all while gaining invaluable hands-on experience through ministry mentorship. Classes are taught by professors with years of practical ministry experience, and designed to increase students’ abilities and confidence as Christian leaders.

This in-depth graduate degree invites students to undertake a profound inquiry into spiritual truth from an intensive academic perspective. The theological study curriculum explores history, philosophy, literature, and religious institutions through lecture, discussions, and research.

YTI aims to develop graduates’ investigative skills and establish their confidence as thought leaders in their fields. Upon completion of the master’s program, students will feel an increased capacity to offer their relevant insights to the world – sharing them with the church, media, and laypersons through writing, publishing, and discussion. The MATS program is a preparation for active participation in sharing the holy, life-changing love of God.

Discover a deeper faith through theological study, dialogue, and reflection with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree.

MATS Requirements


BIB 533

Old Testament Overview

BIB 536

New Testament Overview

MIN 530

Christian Vocation

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice

THEO 531

Intro to Theology

THEO 538

Christian Doctrines

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology*

*Required for all concentrations except Christian Ministry



Select 4 BIB Electives

BIB 631/ MIN 631

Thesis OR Mentored Ministry Project



Select 4 THEO Electives

THEO 631/ MIN 631

Thesis OR Mentored Ministry Project

Christian Ministry CONCENTRATION

LAN 530

Introduction to Exegetical Tools (Logos© based) for Ministry


Select LED 531 or 532


Select COM 531 or 534


Select MIN 531 or 532


Select MIN 533 or 534

MIN 631

Mentored Ministry Project

Spiritual Theology CONCENTRATION


Select 4 SPR Electives

SPR 631/ MIN 631

Thesis OR Mentored Ministry Project

World Religions & Culture CONCENTRATION


Select 4 WCT Electives

WCT 631/ MIN 631

Thesis OR Mentored Ministry Project

Adventure Studies CONCENTRATION

ADV 531

Introduction to Adventure: Theology, Anthropology, and Kinesiology

ADV 532

Theology of Adventure: Doing and Being


Select ADV Elective


Select Any Elective

ADV 631

Adventure Project


ART 531

Introduction to Theology and the Arts

ART 532

Theology of the Arts: Making and Being


Select ART Elective


Select Any Elective

ART 631

Art & Theology Project

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