Master of Arts

ABTS offers two degree programs that accommodate ministry careers of all shapes and sizes. Take a look at the programs we offer to see what fit is best for you.

Program Summary

The Master of Arts at Asia Biblical Theological Seminary is designed to build upon your knowledge of theology and ministry competencies. It provides you with an opportunity to explore three basic content areas in a seminary education—Bible, theology and ministry leadership. These will supply you with a comprehensive understanding of church leadership, and an extensive list of elective courses will supplement this framework.

Our M.A. program requires 64 credit hours and prepares you to continue your graduate education in other advanced degree programs. To encourage your growth as a ministry leader and Biblical scholar, this degree program requires you to:

  • Evidence of personal commitment to Christ as well as moral character and conduct.
  • Completion of 64 credit hours of work with at least a 2.5 grade point average. Forty of these 64 hours must be taken in approved in-person or online classes. The remaining 24 hours may be taken as extension classes. A maximum of 24 applicable hours taken from an accredited institution within the last ten years may be transferred into the MA degree.
  • Submission of a student portfolio demonstrating growth in spiritual development, ministry skills, and understanding of Scripture as a result of the student’s experience in this degree program.
  • Completion of all degree requirements within eight years. Students who apply credits from the MRE will be allowed five years for program completion.

Course List

Learning Outcomes

ABTS students will demonstrate knowledge of, and proficiency in, the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of ministry leadership.


ABTS students will exhibit competency in applying their knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort.

ABTS students will demonstrate their ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

ABTS students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues. This will include issues related to understanding diversity and developing cultural awareness in ministry leadership.

ABTS students will be able to articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues. In particular, students will demonstrate an understanding of the integration of Christian worldview and culture from a ministry leadership perspective.