Academics

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program is a two-year program for students who desire theological education but do not seek ordination. The purpose of the MTS degree is to prepare students for further graduate study or to impart theological knowledge that may serve to enhance training received in other fields. For example, church leaders (who may serve as elders, deacons, Bible study teachers, or church education teachers), Christian school teachers, and others serving in Christian ministry may wish to complement their training and experience with graduate-level theological education. Students choose a concentration in either biblical studies or doctrinal/ecclesiastical studies.

The MTS program consists of the same rigorous academic work as the M.Div. program, but without the requirements associated with preaching and ministerial studies. The MTS program offers flexibility by allowing students to concentrate on one of the two areas: biblical studies or doctrinal/ecclesiastical studies.

The biblical studies concentration provides a thorough acquaintance with Hebrew and Greek language study, together with in-depth study of the canon, history, and interpretation of both Old and New Testaments. The concentration is filled out with course work in the ecclesiastical and doctrinal divisions of the curriculum.

The doctrinal/ecclesiastical concentration includes biblical language courses (Hebrew and Greek) and emphasizes church history, apologetics, and theological doctrines.

The applicant for the MTS program must be a dedicated Christian who has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. Pre-seminary education should ordinarily include work in English (including grammar and composition), philosophy (including a survey of ancient philosophy), natural sciences (2 courses), and social sciences (2 courses). An applicant whose academic history shows insufficient breadth in the liberal arts may be requested to do additional work as a condition of admission. For more information on the application process, please check out the how to apply page. This process should be completed before May 1 of the first year of study.




Master of Theological Studies Course Schedule: BIBLICAL STUDIES
Summer
  **Greek 101 & GK 102 = 6 hours
      Fall Interim Spring
Junior Year
  OT 113 Basic Hebrew 3    
  NT 113 Introduction to New Testament 3    
  *CH 113 Ancient Church History 3    
  *AS 112 Introduction to Apologetics 2    
  *DD 112 Theological Foundations 2    
  GK 201 New Testament Greek 3    
  OT 122 Advanced Hebrew   2  
  OT 133 Hebrew Reading, Text-Criticism & Canon     3
  DS 133 Theology (Doctrine of God)     3
  BD 133 Biblical Hermeneutics     3
  GK 202 New Testament Greek     3
  Total Course Hours: 27 14 2 11
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Senior Year
  NT 213 Interpretation of the Gospel and Acts 3    
  OT 214 Interpretation of Revelation before the Monarchy 4    
  OT 313 Interpretation of Revelation in the Exilic/Post-Exilic Periods 3    
  *DS 212 Anthropology 2    
  *DS 213 Christology 3    
  Elective     2  
  OT 233 Interpretation of Revelation in the Period of the Monarchy     3
  NT 233 Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles     3
  *CH 234 Medieval & Reformation Church History     4
  NT 333 Interpretation of the General Epistles & Revelation     3
  BD 232 Capstone Project     2
  Total Course Hours: 32 15 2 15
           
    Total Core Hours: 61
    Total Elective Hours: 4
    Total Hours: 65
*These courses are representative, not required, of what may be taken from the Doctrinal/Ecclesiastical Divisions. Specific course sequences will be worked out with the Registrar.
**If a student has already taken Greek, alternative arrangements may be made with the Registrar.

 




Master of Theological Studies Course Schedule: DOCTRINAL/ECCLESIASTICAL
Summer
  *Greek 101 & GK 102 = 6 hours    
      Fall Interim Spring
Junior Year      
  OT 113 Basic Hebrew 3    
  NT 113 Introduction to New Testament 3    
  CH 113 Ancient Church History 3    
  AS 112 Introduction to Apologetics 2    
  DD 112 Theological Foundations 2    
  GK 201 New Testament Greek 3    
  OT 122 Advanced Hebrew   2  
  OT 133 Hebrew Reading, Text-Criticism, & Canon     3
  BD 133 Biblical Hermeneutics     3
  CH 234 Medieval & Reformation Church History     4
  DS 133 Theology (Doctrine of God)     3
  GK 202 New Testament Greek     2
  Total Course Hours: 31 14 2 15
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Senior Year      
  AS 313 Applied Apologetics 3    
  DS 212 Anthopology (Doctrine of Humanity) 2    
  DS 213 Christology 3    
  DS 313 Ecclesiology 3    
  ES 313 Christian Ethics 3    
  ED 333 Denominational History/Government     3
  DS 233 Pneumatology     3
  CH 334 Modern Church History     4
  DS 332 Eschatology     2
  ED 232 Capstone Project     2
  Total Course Hours: 28 14 0 14
           
    Total Core Hours: 63
    Total Elective Hours: 2
    Total Hours: 65
*If a student has already taken Greek, alternative arrangements may be made with the Registrar.