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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.

Junior Year

Class #

Class Name

Sem

Hrs

OT 113

Basic Hebrew

F

3

NT 113

Introduction to New Testament

F

3

*CH 112

Ancient Church History

F

2

*AS 112

Introduction to Apologetics

F

2

*DD 112

Theological Foundations

F

2

GK 201

New Testament Greek

F

3

OT 122

Advanced Hebrew

I

2

OT 133

Hebrew Reading, Text-Criticism & Canon

S

3

DS 133

Theology (Doctrine of God)

S

3

BD 133

Biblical Hermeneutics

S

3

GK 202

New Testament Greek

S

3

YEARLY TOTAL COURSE HOURS

 

27

Senior Year

Class #

Class Name

Sem

Hrs

YEARLY TOTAL COURSE HOURS 

 

32

NT 213

Interpretation of the Gospel and Acts

F

3

OT 214

Interpretation of Revelation before the Monarchy

F

4

OT 313

Interpretation of Revelation in the Exilic/Post-Exilic Periods

F

3

*DS 212

Anthropology

F

2

*DS 213

Christology

F

3

 

Elective

I

2

OT 233

Interpretation of Revelation in the Period of the Monarchy

S

3

NT 233

Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles

S

3

*CH 234

Medieval & Reformation Church History

S

4

NT 333

Interpretation of the General Epistles & Revelation

S

3

BD 232

Capstone Project

S

2

Junior Year

Class #

Class Name

Sem

Hrs

OT 113

Basic Hebrew

F

3

NT 113

Introduction to New Testament

F

3

CH 112

Ancient Church History

F

2

AS 112

Introduction to Apologetics

F

2

DD 112

Theological Foundations

F

2

GK 201

New Testament Greek

F

3

OT 122

Advanced Hebrew

I

2

OT 133

Hebrew Reading, Text-Criticism & Canon

S

3

BD 133

 Biblical Hermeneutics  S  3

CH 234

Medieval & Reformation Church History

S

4

DS 133

Theology Proper (Doctrine of God)

S

3

GK 202

New Testament Greek

S

3

YEARLY TOTAL COURSE HOURS

 

31

Senior Year

Class #

Class Name

Sem

Hrs

YEARLY TOTAL COURSE HOURS 

 

28

AS 313

Applied Apologetics

F

3

DS 212

Anthropology (Doctrine of Humanity)

F

2

DS 213

Christology

F

3

DS 313

Ecclesiology

F

3

ES 313

Christian Ethics

F

3

ED 333

Denominational History/Government

S

3

DS 233

Pneumatology

S

3

CH 334

Modern & American Church History

S

4

DS 332

Eschatology

S

2

ED 232

Capstone Project

S

2

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