Master of Arts in Reformed Theology (MART)

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) and Theology Matters (TM) announce a new Master of Arts degree in Reformed Theology, beginning in August 2023. The degree will focus on a Reformed understanding of the Scriptures and study of classic texts and practices valued by the Reformed tradition. Instructors include members of the faculty of UDTS and pastor-scholars whose knowledge has been tested in the academy and significant pastoral ministry. This program is funded, in part, by the Lilly Endowment.

The Master of Arts in Reformed Theology is a 36-credit degree offered in a hybrid format that includes both online and face-to-face learning. The degree will prepare Christian disciples for service in the church and world in ordained or non-ordained positions and strengthen the ministries of those already serving as pastors, commissioned lay pastors (CLPs), elders, deacons, and lay teachers or those transferring into a Reformed or Presbyterian denomination.

The degree will also provide a foundation for those pursuing doctoral work in theology, philosophy, church history, biblical studies, or various fields in the humanities

Our Goals
Few seminaries, divinity schools, or graduate programs in the United States today offer a degree in theology from the mainstream of the Reformed tradition and for leaders serving or seeking to serve congregations of this same tradition. Focusing on contemporary and classic texts and practices valued by the Reformed tradition and drawing upon current UDTS faculty and pastor-scholars whose knowledge and wisdom has been tested in both the academy and in pastoral ministry, this program is designed to enable students to:

  1. develop a sympathetic grasp of the history and core commitments of the Christian tradition, particularly as articulated in the Reformed tradition, in order to be an effective teacher and practitioner of the Christian faith.
  2. develop the ability to engage critically and constructively with the contents of the Christian tradition, especially as reflected in the Reformed tradition, for the sake of growing faith and effective mission and ministry.

Our Mission
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Theology Matters are embarking on this exciting new degree program to gather students and faculty in gratitude and faithfulness to be reformed according to the Word of God, grow in the Church's biblical faith in the Triune God, excel in theological education and scholarship, and live as faithful stewards of God's gifts, engaging the changing needs of the Church and World.

The program seeks to equip, encourage, instruct, and inspire leaders of Reformed and Presbyterian churches and of the broader Christian community through the clear and coherent articulation of theology that is reformed according to God's Word and bears witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.

Together we seek to raise up a new generation of leaders, especially for congregations in the Reformed-Presbyterian tradition.

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to the Reformed Tradition
  • Interpretation of the Old Testament in the Reformed Tradition
  • Interpretation of the New Testament in the Reformed Tradition
  • Reformed Theology I
  • Reformed Theology II
  • Capstone Project in Reformed Theology

Elective Courses:

  • Early & Medieval Church History
  • Reformation & Modern Church History
  • Presbyterian History and Confessions
  • American Puritanism through Edwards
  • The Theology of Augustine
  • The Theology of John Calvin
  • The Theology of Karl Barth
  • The Theology of T.F. Torrance
  • Leading Christian Worship
  • Foundations of Preaching
  • The Psalms in Christian Worship
  • Preaching from the Old Testament
  • Preaching from New Testament Books
  • Proclaiming the Word
  • Expository Preaching
  • Worship in the Reformed Tradition
  • and More

To apply to the Master of Arts in Reformed Theology: CLICK HERE For more information on the program contact Dr. Richard E Burnett, Executive Director of Theology Matters and Director of the M.A.R.T. at 864.378.5416 or email him at