Students who do not have an undergraduate degree from a college or university are able to enroll in MAS, follow the same pathway as the Master in Divinity and receive a Bachelor’s in Theology. Our Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) is a three‑year, course of study intended to prepare students for Christian ministry and leadership. Along with studies in Old and New Testament, Theology, Church History, and Biblical Languages, each student will be required to be involved with a local church and meet with a mentor during their course of studies in order to complete the requirements under “Practicum and Mentoring” (View or download the Bachelor’s Curriculum or Master in Divinity pathway).
Entrance Requirement: A High School Diploma or equivalent
Our Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three‑year, course of study intended to prepare students for Christian ministry and leadership. Along with studies in Old and New Testament, Theology, Church History, and Biblical Languages, each student will be required to be involved with a local church and have a mentor in order to complete that part of the program known as the “Practicum and Mentoring” (View or download the Master’s Curriculum).
Entrance Requirement: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
In 2020 MAS will launch a three-year program leading to a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in Gospel Renewal and Pastoral Leadership. The MAS D.Min. is primarily designed for people who have been in ministry at least five years. It is focused on those who see the need to learn about renewal, leadership and revitalization. Under the direction of Faculty Advisors, candidates will come together quarterly for a full day in a flipped classroom format to gain essential learnings from seasoned professionals in personal renewal, organizational leadership, congregational renewal, managerial leadership, community renewal and community leadership. Additionally, they will participate in mentoring on a monthly basis as well as monthly coaching cohorts. The program requires extensive reading and writing. It also includes a cornerstone summary research paper as well as an intensive week of learning.
Entrance Requirement: Graduate Degree
Our Certificate in Christian Studies can be completed in one year. The Certificate mirrors the curriculum for the first year of the degree program consisting of 12 credit hours of academic study in Church History, the Old and New Testament (Survey Courses), Theology, and your choice of our Preaching course or our Teaching and Learning course. Students are also assigned a mentor for three terms. There are no practicum requirements. For a copy of the curriculum click here.
Students have the option at any time to transfer their credits into a full degree program.
Entrance Requirement: High School Diploma or GED
This is a two year program with the first cohort starting in August, 2020. This program does not lead to a license in counseling. Rather it is to equip men and women in the congregation to serve other members in need. Along with the Biblical Counseling courses the student will also receive biblical and theological training from the MAS core curriculum. Those courses are transferable to other MAS programs. Likewise, if a student has already taken the MAS courses, they need not be repeated.
How do we define “Biblical Counseling”? Biblical Counseling seeks to bring focus and clarity in addressing human problems from the unique perspective, training and judgment of a biblical counselor who has theological training. Biblical counseling is aware of the value of other helping disciplines such as psychology, sociology, social work and secular counseling. However, the biblical counselor holds as the highest value the ministry of the Holy Spirit, working in the individual as the counselor walks alongside those in need, prescribing healthy steps toward growth and change. This work is theological in nature, pastoral in focus, and life changing in intention.
Applications for the program starting in August 2020 will be taken from April 1st through June 30th. In addition to the MAS application process (see the Application page) prospective students will be interviewed by Dr. Sherrill and will be required to have a reference letter from their Senior Pastor or a pastor on staff at their church. Students will also be required to submit to a background check in their second year of study. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings at the North Campus.
For a copy of the curriculum click here.
Entrance Requirement: High School Diploma or GED
MAS is under the authority of a Board and is supported by the Christian Education Committee of Metro Atlanta Presbytery (PCA). MAS is exempt from authorization under O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.3(a)(6) Nonpublic, nonprofit, post-secondary educational institutions which demonstrate annually to the satisfaction of the commission that their purposes are solely to provide programs of study in theology, divinity, religious education, and ministerial training, and that they do not grant post-secondary degrees of a nonreligious nature and that such institutions:
(A) Accept no federal or state funds; and (B) Accept no student who has a federal or state education loan to attend such institutions
MAS is fully accredited through the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS) (www.artseminaries.org).
My experience at Metro Atlanta Seminary helped me to encounter God in a bigger way. I have been able to put many things into practice in my mental health teachings with faith groups and also with my other ministries. Not only did it fit into my busy schedule of work and life but I felt that the instructors were pouring love into me in a way that heightened my growth and edification.
It was a calling to be part of something bigger than a personal goal or achievement.
I originally came to the US to go to Seminary. In God’s providence, circumstances changed and I was not able to accomplish that desire. MAS gave me an opportunity to fulfill that dream. MAS was affordable and also provided the flexibility that I needed at my current stage of life. MAS was used of the Lord to deepen my understanding of Scripture and to be better equipped to serve the body of Christ as a teacher and an elder. I not only obtained an education, but I also was able to build good relationships through the years at MAS.
Metro Atlanta Seminary gave me the opportunity to pursue a longtime dream of mine to earn a Master of Divinity. The evening classes and affordable tuition made it possible for me to attend seminary as a working mother of three young children. I received guidance and gained invaluable experience in ministry through the mentoring and practicuum component of the program.
My time attending MAS was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in my life. The teachers are fantastic and small classes lend themselves to a lot of interaction and discussion. I highly recommend MAS; I graduated with great head knowledge, but far more importantly I have fallen deeper in love with Christ, and gained applicable tools and skills to pursue a life of ministry.
Attending and graduating from Metro Atlanta Seminary (MAS) has fulfilled a desire I have had since becoming a Christian in 1983. It has been a wonderful extension of a journey that began when Christ burst into my life at that time. For a husband, father, Elder and businessman, MAS has conveniently provided me outstanding teaching and fellowship, leading to a deeper knowledge and love for the person and work of Christ. I graduate from MAS with fond memories of wonderful teachers and classmates, and move on better equipped to worship, teach and share applications to others, hopefully enabling a deeper relationship with Christ for me and those with whom I interact.
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