The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a 60-hour program that can be completed in two years or over a longer period of time. It features courses from three major areas: Biblical Studies (BBST) 15 hours, Church Ministry (CHMN) 15 hours, Theology, History, Ethics & Society (THES) 15 hours, Electives (15 hours). In this program and in the Master of Ministries, courses are offered in a convenient format—each semester, four three-day courses are offered along with one evening course (Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.) running for six weeks. Some courses are offered in the summer. Certain courses in the Bethel College Master of Ministries program can apply toward the MATS. This program establishes a strong foundation for ministry and prepares a student to go on for further graduate and ministerial training.