Master of Theological Studies
Our most flexible program the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is a program which can be completed through a combination of online, evening, and weekend courses. It is offered to students desiring theological education to support a secular vocation, international students doing post-MDiv studies in one of the theological disciplines, or students preparing to do PhD or ThD study. The MTS provides the opportunity for two years (three years part-time) of graduate theological study of the core of church theology—Bible, church history, ethics, and systematic theology.
The MTS Degree program assists students to achieve general goals such as the following:
- Skill in study and interpretation of biblical texts and appropriation of their contemporary meaning;
- Understanding of the origin and growth of the Christian community and appreciation of its richness and diversity;
- Development of a systematic theological framework for one’s faith as a foundation for more reflective self- understanding, personal and social behavior, and ministry in church and world;
- Skill in relating the faith perspectives of the Christian community to the private, professional and public roles one serves in family, work and society;
- Understanding of the global, interracial and cross-cultural context of Christian vocation in modern society.
Standards for Admission
- Bachelor’s degree Applicants must have bachelor’s degrees, or their equivalent, from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.
- Academic ability Normally applicants are required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower grade point average may apply, however, since factors other than the academic record are also taken into consideration.
- Other criteria a) Evidence of interests, aptitudes, and personal, educational, or vocational objectives appropriate to the nature and purpose of the MTS degree program; b) Availability at PLTS and the GTU of educational resources adequate to meet the applicant’s personal, educational, and/or vocational objectives; c) Evidence of intention to carry through a program of studies leading to the degree
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