For those seeking a deep theological foundation, SEU’s online Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree will prepare you to study the scriptures and the Gospel from the perspective of a Christian scholar.
Enhance your knowledge of theology as you study its historical, socio-cultural, literary, biblical, ethical and practical contexts. Through hands-on training and deep study of scripture, history and theology, we are focused on developing students who have both personal authenticity and professional ability. In our online master’s in theology, you’ll discover how to use your knowledge to impact the lives of others by inspiring them to follow His will. Prepare for further graduate studies and research or to teach at the secondary or undergraduate levels. The curriculum focuses on the Old Testament and New Testament, as well as the various historical and contemporary Christian topics in philosophy, moral life, ministry and other areas. Learn from expert faculty members through the flexible online format.
Our online master’s in theological studies offers a challenging curriculum to help you answer your calling. Prepare for success as you later complete the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Ministry. Expand your knowledge of God and His creation so that you can better serve your community and the church. Explore various subjects that include:
- Pentecostal and contemporary theologies
- Theology and ethics
- Christianity and the world religions
- Philosophy and the Christian faith
- Biblical archaeology
- Biblical exposition and faith integration
- Managing change and conflict
Additionally, discover how to use various theologies from a Christian worldview and to interact critically with affirming and opposing theories. Through a required thesis, gain valuable experience as you contribute to general knowledge and theological insight through the written project.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The School of Divinity, which encompasses all of our graduate degrees, holds Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is in the process of receiving full accreditation from ATS.
Courses and Requirements
Our master’s in theology includes 48 credits of study through 16 courses. Twenty-seven credits make up the theological studies portion of the degree, and biblical studies courses include 12 credits. In addition, there are two practical ministry courses that total six credits, as well as a required three-credit thesis.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s online master’s in theological studies must have:
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate program (If lower than 3.0, the GPA for the last 60 credits will be calculated, and the applicant may be considered for provisional standing.)
* Those who have not taken Greek at the undergraduate level will be required to take Greek I and II (6 credits).
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 5533 Graduate Systematic Theology I This course acquaints students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as theological method, the doctrine of God, revelation, scripture, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the nature of faith will be investigated. 3 THEO 5543 Graduate Systematic Theology II This introductory course continues to acquaint students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as the doctrine of salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things will be investigated. 3 THEO 5313 Pentecostal Theology A study of the theological developments, both historically and contemporary, within the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Special emphasis will be given to North American Classical Pentecostalism and their theological impact on the Church particularly in the Charismatic Renewal. An overview of the unique theological expressions of Pentecostalism in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America will be presented. Distinguishing features of Pentecostal Theology with the areas of Pneumatology, Missiology, Hymnology and Narrative Theology will be investigated. 3 THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology This course covers critical issues related to questions about the nature of God's presence in everyday life. It develops a foundation for practical theology based on fundamental issues by defining dilemmas for study, developing a dialogue with pertinent sources, formulating and implementing reasonable intentions for resolving those dilemmas, and assessing the application of those intentions. Thsi will involve theololgical reflection on th unique issues which arise in the maor spheres of home, church, academy, and workplace. 3 THEO 5513 Special Topics in Theological Studies This course covers current issues in theological studies. The course content will be set by the instructor. 3 THEO 5563 Contemporary Theology This course is an exploration of more recent theological trends in contemporary theology. The course will critically examine the origins, character, and contemporary significance of selected theologians and theological trends and movements. 3 THEO 5573 Theology and Ethics This is an exploration of the relationship between theology, ethics and moral life in the thought of contemporary theologians in concert with the Scripture's theocentric structure of ethical thinking and in dialog with the philosophical goal of making sense out of the connection between theological truth-claims, ethical obligations, virtues of character, and moral conduct. 3 PHIL 5583 Christianity and World Religions This course explores the historical and contemporary relationships of Christianity and the world religions, specifically focused at the theological level and involving Pentecostal perspectives. Topics discussed include global Renewal movements and religious pluralism, theology of religions globalization, interfaith relations, and interreligious dialogue. Focus may rotate from year to year emphasizing the encounter between Christianity and one other world religious tradition. 3 PHIL 5503 Philosophy and the Christian Faith This course will investigate the relationship between the philosophical tradition and theology. Topics to be covered may include the nature of religion, religious experience, faith and reason, the existence of God, religious language, life after death, and the problem of evil. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL 5223 Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration A study of the development and expression of biblical exegesis and exposition in relation to the contemporary social, cultural, family and faith issues confronting Christians in the North American church. Selected biblical passages will be analyzed in light of their message and potential influence on important contemporary issues impacting the local church. 3 BIBL 5543 Introduction to the Background and Theological Themes of the Old Testament This course provides the background for Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) biblical studies as well as introduces key theological themes of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). 3 BIBL 5553 Introduction to New Testament Literature and History This course introduces students to the scholarly field of biblical studies on the New Testament with special attention given to the literature, theology, historical contexts, canonical development, and reception of the New Testament. 3
Select one of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL 5533 Special Topics in Biblical Studies This course covers current issues in New Testament Studies. The course content will be set by the instructor. 3 BIBL 5063 Biblical Archaeology This course is an introduction to the field of biblical archaeology. It intersects the archaeological work done in Israel and the surrounding nations with the biblical record. Areas of inquiry include a history of the discipline of biblical archaeology, how tells are excavated, the dating of material, historical intersections, and insight upon textual records. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching/Teaching This class is designed to assist beginning and veteran preachers in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching and teaching in the local church. An emphasis will be placed on the nature, method, variety, and importance of preaching from the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons and/or curriculum plan. 3 PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 5993 Thesis This course introduces students to the logic and dynamics of writing a master's level thesis or contextual education project. It is designed to enable students to understand the process of writing a thesis proposal, gaining acceptance of same and to begin writing a master's level research thesis or contextual education project. In this first step of a two-step process, the student will be assigned a reader/advisor, gain approval of the thesis topic, and develop a research and writing time-line for completion. The student will work on an individual basis with reader/advisor, submit regular iterations of work, respond to reviews, and successfully achieve agreed upon achievement goals. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits BINT 5013 Graduate Greek I This course engages the students in the rudiments of Koine Greek as the first step in preparation for translation of the Greek New Testament. 3 BINT 5023 Graduate Greek II This course engages students in an intermediate use of Koine Greek exegesis. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$23,760|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated seven to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
Our online master’s in theology provides you with the necessary skills to pursue several career paths. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- Bible Teacher
- Church Administrator
- Religion Writer/Editor
- Youth Pastor
- Senior Pastor
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- We offer a hands-on approach to assist you through the application process, your degree journey and even career placement. From the time you apply to the day you graduate, we offer support for all aspects of the experience. Throughout your education, you will have access to an enrollment counselor, tuition planner and online advisor.
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
- Five careers an individual with a theology degree might pursue:
- College or University Professor
- Religious School Teacher
Benefits of Learning Online
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