The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is a general academic degree. The degree provides an introduction to the theological disciplines as foundation for a graduate research degree. It also provides grounding for teaching, research or personal enrichment.
The requirements for the M.T.S. degree are:
- Academic: Sixteen courses and four or more semesters of residency are required. Of these sixteen courses, the Divinity School selects eight requirements, and the student may choose eight electives.
- Thesis: Each student is required to write a paper that addresses the learnings or major emphases of the individual's program. The paper will be submitted within a course during the final semester, fulfilling the requirements of both the course and the degree program.
- Spiritual Formation: Participation in a spiritual formation group is strongly encouraged, though not required, for M.T.S. degree students.
- Student Portfolio: All M.T.S. students are required to compile a portfolio consisting of certain papers with faculty feedback and student reflections. The portfolio will demonstrate the formation of the student in the areas of exegesis of Christian text and the ability to think theologically. Please see Student Portfolios to learn more details about the portfolio.
Those persons are encouraged to apply for the M.T.S.:
- who have been awarded a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to their intended date of enrollment
- who have attained at least an overall B+ (3.25 on a 4.0 scale) academic average
- who demonstrate program goals commensurate with this degree program where applicable
- who are committed to some form of diaconal or lay ministry.