If you desire theological education but not ordination, the Master of Theological Studies program is for you.
If you desire theological education but do not seek ordination, the Master of Theological Studies program is for you. The MTS degree serves as an avenue for further graduate study or as a plat-form for enhanced theological knowledge that may augment your 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. As a student, you can choose a concentration in either biblical studies or historical/theological studies.
65 classroom credits
2-3 Average number of years to complete
2 Options: Biblical studies & Historical/Theological 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 Historical/Theological 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 historical/theological concentration includes biblical language courses (Hebrew and Greek) and emphasizes church history, apologetics, and theological doctrines.
To enroll in the MTS program, you must be a dedicated Christian who has earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. 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.
We seek to give students the tools for a lifetime of ministry. Our curriculum stresses two govern-ing ideas. First, there is a repeated combination of study and application that teaches students how to translate the theology they learn into teaching constructed with solid content and sound method. Second, there is a strong emphasis on the classical disciplines of original language study, biblical interpretation, doctrinal and practical studies, and the history of the church with applica-tion that is relevant in the 21st century.
A Master of Theological Studies requires 65 classroom credits and typically takes 2-3 years to complete.