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

The Master of Theological Studies is designed to provide a generalized yet rigorous course of theological studies without research or thesis requirements. You have a discerning and curious mind, interested in the intersection of religion, theology, Christian ethics or spirituality and your current vocation. Or, you may be pursuing lay and ordained ministries in churches or faith communities.

The M.T.S. program is designed to be a two-year, full-time (up to five years part-time) program offering students a broad yet comprehensive education in theological studies, across a range of disciplines.  Building on a core of foundational courses, the program allows you to focus on and gain competency in more particular areas of interest compatible with the resources of the school.  M.T.S. students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Graduate Theological Union’s schools, centers, and institutes during their course of study.

For program details, refer to the Academic Catalog.

The MTS requires a minimum of 48 credits to be completed in a maximum of two years of full-time study or up to five 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
  • Theology (ST), Philosophy [of Religion] (PH), Philosophical Theology (PT), 3 credits
  • Ethics & Social Theory/Christian Ethics (CE) or Religion & Society (RS), 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

     Area of Interest may be interdisciplinary. At least half of all Area of Interest courses must be taken for letter grade.

     Electives: 12 credits

     General electives may be taken for pass/fail or letter grade.

You must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) overall.

In summer 2016, PSR began offering our Doctor of Ministry program in Hawai’i. Students focus their work on the ministry issues that arise in Pacific contexts. Applications for the PSR Hawaii DMin program are accepted year round.

The program begins with the summer seminar and it takes about six weeks to process a DMin application, so ministers who want to start in the summer of 2019 should apply no later than June 21, 2019 to be sure the admissions process is complete by the time the seminar begins.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with the PSR DMin Program Director, Dr. Jim Lawrence, jlawrence@psr.edu or 510/849-8232, or contact the Admissions Office at 510/849-8931 or toll-free at 800/999-0528.

MTS Worksheet

MTS Entrance Report

  • MTS Entrance Report Due first semester.  Submit to your advisor and the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs by middle your first semester: October 31st for Summer/Fall admits; March 30th for Intersession/Spring admits. Refer to MTS Program Manual for more information.
  • MTS Final Report
    Due last semester. Submit to your advisor and Assistant Dean for Academic Programs by the time you graduate: the last day of your last semester at PSR. 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. Advisors should submit their MTS Synthesis Essay Assessment Rubric after evaluating this capstone paper.

MTS Program Assessment Rubric