Master of Theological Studies (Two-Year)

Program Description
Program Outcomes

Course Requirements

Program Description
This two-year program of biblical and theological studies is tailored to students who are interested in bringing to bear the deep resources of the Christian tradition to a broad range of intellectual, spiritual, and/or cultural concerns. This program provides students with a set of skills for biblical understanding and theological reflection, as well as personal and spiritual transformation to meet the theological challenges of a variety of contexts including the local church, parachurch ministry, and the circumstances of daily life. This program may be focused in such a way as to help students have the appropriate graduate theological background needed for entry into more advanced levels of theological studies.

On its own, the MTS degree may not fulfill the requirements considered to be necessary for ordination.

Program Outcomes
Graduation from this program should enable the student to demonstrate:

Outcome 1: Christian Identity → Articulate how their life in Christ exhibits the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit as formed in their Christian community and devoted to the glory of God the Father.  

Outcome 2: Biblical Exegesis → Demonstrate skillful exegesis through in-depth biblical study and awareness of methodological frameworks.

Outcome 3: Cultural Exegesis → Demonstrate effective cultural exegesis and awareness of cultural frameworks, empowering them for effective, faithful, dynamic, and culturally appropriate communication of the gospel.

Outcome 4: Theological System → Articulate a coherent Christian theological understanding and awareness of theological frameworks, informing their life and ministry, including corporate worship of the Triune God.

Outcome 5: Christian Tradition → Demonstrate appreciative and critical awareness of their own and other Christian traditions as implemented in worship and strategies for ministry.

Outcome 6: Biblically Informed Standards for Living → Articulate their understanding of Christian ethics and demonstrate how it informs daily living and their philosophy of leadership.

 

Course Requirements

BIBLE

15 credits

BI 412 Biblical Hermeneutics

3

NT 451 NT Intro I

3

NT 452 NT Intro II

3

OT 451 OT Intro I

3

OT 452 OT Intro II

3

CHURCH HISTORY & THEOLOGY

12 credits

Plus One of Two*

3

   A.  CH 420 Church History up to 1500

 

   B.  CH 422 Church History after 1500

 

TH 531 Systematic Theology I

3

TH 532 Systematic Theology II

3

TH 526 Christian Ethics

3

CHURCH MISSION AND MINISTRY

6 credits

MI 432 Integral Mission

3

PT 540 Spiritual Formation

3

ASSESSMENT PROJECTS

3 credits

TS 601 Scripture Project

1

TS 602 Theology Project

1

TS 603 Spiritual Practices Project

1

FREE ELECTIVES

12 credits

TOTAL CREDITS

48 credits

 (2019-2020 MTS - Revised as of May 2019)