Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Discover Deeper Faith through Mentorship and Ministry with a Master’s Degree in Applied Theology

Yellowstone Theological Institute’s Master of Applied Theology 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 YTI MAT model allows students to pursue this master’s degree in theology without uprooting their lives. Weeklong intensive classes held in Bozeman are scattered throughout the year, each followed by five weeks of guided course assignments.

Students in the MAT 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 MAT 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 Applied Theology degree.

Graduation requires completion of 36 hours of coursework and mentored ministry. View course descriptions below.

Master of Applied Theology Courses

15 academic courses + 3 sessions of mentored ministry [36 hours total]

Biblical Studies

BIB 201

Old Testament: Torah and the Histories

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the Torah and the histories (Genesis-2 Kings), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how Scripture unfolds as one magnificent drama that situates us in relationship to God and his world. (2 credits)

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BIB 202

Old Testament: Prophets and Poetry

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (1 Chronicles-Malachi), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how these scriptures inform the grand narrative of God. (2 credits)

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BIB 203

New Testament: The Gospels

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels. (2 credits)

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BIB 204

New Testament: From Acts to Revelation

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on the early church’s understanding of Jesus, how to be the ‘body of Christ’, and the consummation of time in the Book of Revelation. Application is made to the church today. (2 credits)

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Communication

COM 201

Preaching to Context: From Text to Hearer

This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles. (2 credits)

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COM 202

Introduction to Pastoral Care, Counseling and Conflict

Introduction to Christian Counseling is one aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness. (2 credits)

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Entrepreneurial Leadership

LED 201

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or ‘entrepreneurial’ leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia. (2 credits)

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Mentored Ministry

MENT 201

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

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MENT 202

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

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MENT 203

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

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Spirituality

SPR 200

Spiritual Practices

Study of the spiritual practices regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality. (2 credits)

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Theological Studies

THEO 201

Thinking Theologically

Many Christians today have learned to think “biblically” but don’t understand how to think “theologically,” or even why such thinking is important. THEO 201 explains the why and how of thinking theologically, in addition to covering the basic teachings of the Christian faith (2 credits)

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THEO 201

Basic Christian Doctrine

This course presents the fundamental belief grid that Christians have affirmed since the fourth century which shapes the meaning and ministry of the Christian today. The four units of the course consist of: History of the Creed; Creation, Humankind, and Sin; Christ, Atonement, and Salvation; Spirit, Church, and the Future. (2 credits)

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THEO 203

The Church and the Mission of God

In this course, the student moves from a focus on the changed life to changing lives. The course explores the nature of the church as the body of Christ, community life in the Spirit, and the nature of movement, or better, mission, as the vocation of the church. The student finds out that the church is a ‘movement’ empowered and guided by the love of God (2 credits)

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World and Culture

WCT 201

Apologetics: Living Christ in a Pluralist World

What does it mean to live and promote the ‘good news’ of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements. (2 credits)

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Electives

Students will choose from 6 hours of electives when offered.

*NOTE: All programs subject to change.

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