Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Credit Hours: 36

Total Cost: $5,400.00

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree

Master of Theological Studies

Do you have an interest in studying God’s Word and sharing it with others? Do you find yourself researching biblical truths, discovering hidden gems in church history, and developing theologically sound strategies for church life?

The Master of Theological Studies degree focuses on historical, systematic, and biblical theology. Professional ministry issues are not a focus of this program. Nevertheless, the program is designed to provide a theological foundation for ministerial service. The program consists of 12 courses, 3 semester credit hours each, for a total of 36 credit hours. There is no required thesis or research project.

The curriculum, produced by some of the world’s top biblical scholars and theologians in cooperation with the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), serves persons who wish to explore disciplines within Christian theology.

Explore the Twelve Dynamic Courses of the M.T.S. Degree


The twelve courses listed above comprise the degree Master of Theological Studies. Substitution may be made if some of the courses listed below have already been taken (Graduate transcripts of courses must be furnished) from the graduate section of the catalog.

Our Goals for the M.T.S. Degree…

  1. To give students a biblical and theological foundation for effective ministry
  2. To build the student’s understanding and application of the theological aspects of ministry
  3. To broaden the student’s ministry perspective to include urban and global realities with a Christian worldview
  4. To provide students with knowledge of a range of basic theological disciplines
  5. To prepare students to bring theological disciplines into creative and critical interaction with other disciplines
  6. To provide students with a critical and contextual appropriation and appreciation of Christian tradition
  7. To provide an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think and to analyze theologically
  8. To prepare students further graduate study, including the Master of Divinity and/or Doctor of Ministry.

After Completing the M.T.S. Degree, You’ll Be Able To…

  1. Grasp the basic content and structure of the Old and New Testaments of Scripture as well as to understand the broad storyline of the Bible.
  2. Develop sensitivity to issues and procedures in interpretation of the text so that with a facility in the original languages the student will be able to communicate the message of that Scripture in a way that stays faithful to the intention of the text and is relevant for people today.
  3. Gain an awareness of the unique beliefs of the Christian faith and an understanding of the evidence on which that faith is based as well as a sense of how to apply basic biblical principles to life’s ethical issues.
  4. Formulate and articulate a distinctively Christian worldview.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
  6. Deepen Christian character and personal spiritual life, acquire the ability to think as a Christian about life and culture, and use resources to derive answers for developing issues in a pluralistic world.
  7. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the Bible and theology and the ability to integrate this knowledge with daily life and work.
  8. Communicate the Christian faith and its theological identity in private and in public.
  9. Minister to people personally and facilitate the ministry of persons for whom they have leadership responsibilities.
  10. Function as a lifelong learner and apply understanding of the developmental process and learning to facilitate learning among other people.
  11. Demonstrate competent skills in the study and interpretation of the scriptures and their personal and community applications.
  12. Articulate a theological and historical understanding of the Christian faith and its ethical implications for the individual, community, and Christian ministry.
  13. Continue to grow in one’s relationship with Christ through the practices of spiritual formation.
  14. Apply cognitive disciplines that foster continued growth and effectiveness in Christian living and ministry.