Joint MDiv / MA
PLTS seminarians have the option of combining their PLTS MDiv with a GTU Common MA degree. Working with their academic advisor, students select a GTU MA concentration and choose MDiv courses that will apply to the MA pathway they choose. Then after completing the MDiv, students transfer 24 credits to their GTU MA degree, allowing them to complete the GTU Common MA in just one additional year.
The GTU Common MA is a research-oriented master's degree. Therefore, the Joint MDiv/GTU Common MA is a good option for those who want to explore a theological subject in more depth before taking a call, those who are interested in a teaching ministry, and/or those who are considering further study at the doctoral level.
Standards for Admission
There is a separate application process through the Graduate Theological Union for the GTU Common MA portion of this degree. Standards for Admission to the GTU Common Master of Arts program are determined by the Graduate Theological Union and can be found on the GTU website. Admission to either program does not automatically admit the seminarian to the other.