Master of Theological Studies


Academic Programs: Master of Theological Studies

The Hood Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program grounds students in the Christian religious heritage while training them in the skills of critical thinking and academic writing. It is accordingly designed to serve those who desire a better understanding of the Christian faith for the purposes of personal edification, teaching, and/or preparation for doctoral studies. The program also has sufficient flexibility to enable United Methodist students to fulfill the academic requirements for ordination as a deacon. Students who desire pastoral training should consider the Master of Divinity degree instead.

The MTS program combines the in-depth study of a particular field with exposure to the breadth of theological disciplines. Towards this end, all MTS students select an area of concentration, either Biblical Studies or History and Theology. Students then complete 30 credit hours of required and elective courses from within their concentration, 15 credit hours from courses in Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, and Theology and Social Ethics that fall outside their area of concentration, 9-12 credit hours of additional electives, and a 3-6 hour summative project/course, for a total of 60 credit hours.

MTS students can take a minimum of two years and a maximum of seven years to complete the program.