Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a general theological degree program which offers students a broad yet comprehensive education in theological studies across a range of disciplines. Building on a core of foundational courses, the program emphasizes inter-disciplinary and contextual studies and allows students to focus and gain competency in more particular areas of interest compatible with PSR's resources. The program is designed to help students achieve

  • A knowledge of a range of basic theological disciplines
  • The ability to bring these disciplines into creative and critical inter-play with one other
  • A critical and contextual appropriation and appreciation of Christian tradition
  • The ability to think and to analyze theologically
  • Particularized competency in an area of interest

Course Requirements for the MTS

The MTS requires a minimum of 48 credits to be completed in a maximum of two years of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study. Credits must be distributed as follows:

     Foundational courses: 12 credits *

     Biblical Studies (BS, OT, or NT), 3 credits
     Historical Studies (HS), 3 credits
     Christian Theology (ST), 3 credits
     Christian Ethics (CE), 3 credits
      *Courses used to satisfy Foundational course requirements must be at least 3 credits each and taken for letter grade

     Area of Interest: 24 credits

     Courses used to satisfy Area of Interest requirements must be taken for letter grade

     Electives: 12 credits

     You must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) and 3.3 (B+) in your area of interest  courses.

Milestones for the MTS

For more information and guidelines on these milestones refer to your program manual.

  • Entrance Report (4-5 pages)
    Due first semester.  Submit to your advisor and the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs by end of the your first semester. Refer to MTS Program Manual for more information.
  • MTS Synthesis Essay (10-15 pages)
    Due to your advisor final semester by April 15th. Refer to MTS Synthesis Essay Guidelines for more information.

Academic Program Manual for the MTS

  • Academic Program Manual for the MTS 2012 and after
    Part I
    Part II
    Program manuals for students entering before 2012

Other MTS forms

MTS Program Assessment Rubric. For more information on how to apply for the MTS, consult the Admissions Information and Requirements chart and contact Admissions.