Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a degree designed to integrate general theological disciplines and specialized competencies in preparation for academic or ministerial vocations.   The MTS provides two years of graduate theological study of the core of church theology with a Lutheran emphasis—Bible, history, theology, and ethics and cultures. The MTS requires a focused specialization/area concentration and synthesis. A diaconal concentration is available for those preparing for Word and Service rostered leadership.

Basic Requirements

The MTS consists of 49.5 credit hours, including one semester of a 1.5 credit MTS seminar (FT 2095 Fieldwork/Project Development), and 15 specialization credit hours devoted to the research and preparation of a thesis, preparation for comprehensive examinations, or preparation and completion of a project related specifically to a student’s chosen specialization. The MTS seminar will guide the student through the preparation and completion of an MTS thesis/project proposal.  25.5 of the 49.5 course credits must be taken at PLTS. A full-time MTS program is defined as at least 12 credit hours per semester.  A normal course load is considered to be 12 credits per semester.

Course Work Outside PLTS

MTS courses not taken at PLTS may be taken at other ATS-accredited institutions and may be negotiated to fit each student’s program with the help of the academic advisor in consultation with the Office of the Dean.

Specialization/Area Concentration in a Discipline

The first year of the program consists of a broad overview of theological studies, including courses in Bible, history, theology, and ethics and cultures. Students with a special interest in Biblical studies may enroll in Greek or Hebrew.

Students generally concentrate their studies in a one discipline or focus of interest during their second year following completion of the MTS seminar. They may choose to concentrate in any of the eight areas of study offered in the GTU, diaconal specialization, or a personalized focus responsive to their personal and professional educational goals developed in consultation with their academic advisor.

For students with prior university study in religion or theology and for students with completed theological degrees who are able to demonstrate competency by oral or written examination in the various theological disciplines, special curricular arrangements may be arranged through the Office of the Dean in consultation with their academic advisors and directors of their programs. These arrangements may include being waived out of introductory general coursework.