Selecting the Right Major


With so many ATS programs to choose from, selecting the right major may seem a bit overwhelming at first glance. So here are some tips to point you in the right direction. First of all, at the Associate’s level, there is only one major, and that is Biblical Studies. At the Bachelor’s level, there are two majors. Either program is suitable for pastors or church workers, and both lead to all other graduate majors at ATS. For example, you may complete the Th.B. program and enroll into the Master of Divinity or Master of Ministry or Master of Theology program at the graduate level.

At the Master’s level, there are three majors with eight fields of study. If you have strong desire to work with Biblical Languages, then you will be most interested in either the Master of Divinity (Greek and Hebrew) or the Master of Theology in New Testament Studies (NT Greek) or the Master of Theology in Old Testament (Biblical Hebrew). If you are not interested in Biblical Languages, you will need to decide if you prefer a program with Christian and Biblical Counseling courses. If not, you will be most interested in the Master of Theology in Pastoral Theology program. If so, then you will need to decide if Christian Counseling is your primary calling. If so, then the Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling (with NCCA Licensure) is most definitely for you. If not, then either the Master of Ministry in Biblical Counseling or the Master of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership would be most suitable for you.

At the Doctorate level, there are two majors with seven fields of study. If you have a strong desire to work with Greek, you would be most interested in the Doctor of Theology in New Testament Studies (Th.D.), which has three New Testament emphases. If not, you will need to decide if you prefer a program with Christian Counseling courses. If not, you will be most interested in the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Theology. If so, then you will need to decide if Christian Counseling is your primary calling. If so, then the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling (D.Min.) is most definitely for you. If not, then either the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling or the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership would be the right program.

(The Theology, Ministry, and Divinity programs are all excellent for pastors).

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