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

Location: Asia 31 Credit Hours

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.

Preparing you for meaningful ministry

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:

Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in biblical studies, 15 credit hours in theology and 18 credit hours in ministry leadership.

Take up to 39 of the program’s total 64 credit hours in approved residence seminars.

Submit a portfolio demonstrating growth in academic competencies, spiritual development, ministry skills and understanding of God’s Word as a result of your educational experience through this program.

As a result of this program, you will gain specialized knowledge in ministry leadership, the ability to apply your knowledge to ministry settings, an integration of both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, intercultural competence in engaging with the global church and an integration of a biblical worldview into culture from a ministry leadership perspective.

Course List

THL-500: Introduction to Graduate Theological Education

BIB-501: Biblical Hermeneutics

BIB-502: Old Testament Biblical Theology

BIB-503: New Testament Biblical Theology

THL-540: Systematic Theology 1

THL-640: Systematic Theology 2

THL-641: Systematic Theology 3

MNS-500: Spiritual Formation

MNS-510: Organizational Leadership

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.