Theological Studies, M.A. Degree

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Northeastern Seminary develops your ability to interpret and teach Scripture on behalf of the church and strengthens your spiritual participation in a worldwide, multiethnic, multigenerational Christian community. This master’s degree is well suited to those who feel a calling toward academic Biblical study, with many of our Theological Studies students pursuing a Ph.D. afterwards.


graduates have gone on to Regent University, McMaster University, & University of Toronto



With classes in Rochester, NY and even offered online, this seminary degree is designed to be as flexible as possible in both format and coursework. Our students in the Theological Studies program can customize their Theological Studies degree to specialize in a number of areas including Christian Spirituality and Historical Theology. They also have the option to self-design their own research topic.

Tailor Your Biblical Studies To Your Interests


The Master’s in Theological Studies program gives our students the opportunity to engage with Scripture and Christian history with the objective of developing their skills as a theological scholar, in addition to exploring how God’s word resonates in a modern, diverse world. Whether you join the Seminary online or on-campus, you will experience engaging theology courses and probe deeper into Biblical languages and interpretation, with all your coursework being Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported. 

Centered around Biblical scholarship, our Theological Studies program would enhance a variety of education-focused Christian vocations including theology professor, Christian educator, pastor, church leader, chaplain, and missionary. In particular, this degree develops habits, attitudes, and skills including: 

  • A commitment to becoming an interpreter who is formed and sustained by hearing God’s voice through Scripture.
  • Understanding of the Bible within its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Understanding of the history of doctrinal formation and how it informs biblical interpretation.
  • The ability to identify contemporary cultural and social concerns and the way they are illuminated and critiqued by the Gospel.
  • An aptitude for preaching and teaching Scripture and a commitment to the education of new generations in the faith.
Explore the Curriculum
Our program includes the opportunity to gain ministry experience that fits your vocational objectives and conduct advanced research in theological scholarship. The open-ended course structure for this degree allows you to specialize your degree with a focused elective competency, or you may create your own academic focus by selecting courses from multiple concentrations. The specialized elective competencies of this master’s degree are: Biblical Studies, Christian Spirituality, Historical Theology, Denominational Studies, or a research area of your choosing.

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 | Fall Session
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Seminary class size

Class Size

Under 25 Students

Meet a Faculty Member

J. Richard Middleton, Ph.D.

J. Richard Middleton, Ph.D.
Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis

Dr. J. Richard Middleton is widely published in religious periodicals and journals, has authored four books, and is a renowned expert in Old Testament theology, the Christian worldview, the books of Genesis and Samuel, the doctrine of Creation, and Christianity and postmodern culture. Read more...

Alumni Success

Traci Birge

Traci Birge '08
Ph.D. at McMaster Divinity College

Torrance Jones

Torrance Jones '15
Ed.D. at St. John Fisher College

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis '16
Ph.D. at McMaster Divinity College

Jae Newman

Jae Newman '15
Poet and Adjunct Professor, Roberts Wesleyan College

Yulanda McKinney

Yulanda McKinney '04
Professor, Monroe Community College

Lou Perez

Lou Perez '18
Founding Pastor, Destiny Christian Church

Janice Lum

Janice Lum '04
Pastor, Calvary Community Church of the Nazarene



Jay Trainer '04
Founder and Speaker, Infuzion

Kyle Sullivan

Kyle Sullivan '17
Residence Life Area Coordinator, Roberts Wesleyan College

“At Northeastern Seminary, I developed my ability to think critically about theology from Genesis to Revelation, to the early church, to the Reformation, but also for a life of ministry today. It gives you the chance to think about theology from a broad perspective.” ~Torrance Jones, Theological Studies, M.A. ’15

Why Northeastern Seminary?

Our innovative curriculum The Great Conversation runs across all of Northeastern Seminary’s master’s degree programs, providing the opportunity to consider your personal spiritual formation and calling, alongside the Master’s in Theological Studies courses. Listen to the voices from throughout time and around the world as you consider what it looks like to live as a Gracious Christian, fulfilling your purpose in God’s ongoing work of restoring wholeness to the world.

In addition, we offer a flexible seminary experience where students can complete their degree in as few as two years as well as complete coursework on a part-time or full-time schedule. To foster the research of its Theological Studies students, the seminary offers a supportive educational experience with compassionate faculty and personalized academic advising, along with the resources of the Golisano Library at Roberts Wesleyan College. In addition, we have years of experience providing immersive online seminary degrees as well as assisting students connected with the military. Regardless of your circumstances, Northeastern Seminary is ready to support your journey as a Biblical scholar.


Class Space is Limited

So don't delay in completing your free online application to Northeastern Seminary.

Between ancient teachings and modern questions, you find answers.

Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources


Learn More About Northeastern Seminary

The flexibility of the Master’s in Theological Studies at Northeastern Seminary grants students a broad overview of how Scripture, Christian history, and theology meld to inform faithful belief while also giving them the space to pursue their own theological research.

If you are interested in pursuing this seminary degree online or in Rochester, we encourage you to contact Admissions or request information below.

Contact Seminary Admissions

Speak With Our Team

Contact 585.594.6802 or to connect with an admissions representative.