Master of Theological Studies

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a full-time, or lay ministry position as a pastor or staff member of a local church or other ministry organization. This degree provides a foundation in biblical and theological studies; however, the MTS is normally not deemed sufficient for admission to DMin or PhD programs without significant leveling.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate biblical, theological, and historical knowledge.

  2. Students will communicate their understanding of cultural and historical contexts.

  3. Students will demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity in their program.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Curriculum Coordinator)

Program Requirements

Foundational Studies Component (34 hours)

Biblical Studies Component (15 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Old Testament Exegesis 

3

New Testament Exegesis 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Theological Studies Component (14 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval 

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Christian Apologetics
OR
Christian Ethics 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Worship Leadership Component (5 hours)

course

hours

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible** 

3

Preaching Practicum
OR
Teaching Practicum** (M)

2

Controlled Electives Component (6 hours)

Electives to be taken from Biblical Studies and Theological/Historical Studies.

Free Electives Component (3 hours)

Summative Assessment*** (1 hour)

Total Required: 44 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.

***See details on the Summative Assessment process in this degree plan. Further guidance on the process may be obtained from the Office of the Curriculum Coordinator.

MTS Summative Assessment

The Summative Assessment is a comprehensive exam component of the Master of Theological Studies degree. To take the exam, the student must enroll into MTSA6100 Summative Assessment and pay fees like a normal class. Students must register for the course the semester that they anticipate graduating. Students, in communication with the Office of the Registrar, are responsible for knowing where they are in their program and when they must take the exam.

Registration Process

  1. During registration for the semester that students anticipate graduation, they must register and pay fees for MTSA6100.

  2. Once students register for MTSA6100, they must contact the Office of the Curriculum Coordinator and ask to be enrolled into the Summative Assessment Blackboard site, which houses the exam and additional helpful information.

  3. All graduation deadlines are firm.

Summative Assessment

  1. The Summative Assessment consists of 100 true-false and multiple choice questions gleaned from the courses that make up the Foundational Studies Component of the degree. This timed exam is taken and graded via the Summative Assessment Blackboard site.

  2. The exam is opened for students to take during the following periods of time:

    • December graduation: after November 1, but no later than December 1

    • May graduation: after April 1, but no later than May 1

    • July Conferral: after June 1, but no later than July 1

In the event that a student fails the Summative Assessment, the following options are available:

  • If a student fails the Summative Assessment, the exam may be retaken after 5 days if 5 days falls within the period that the exam is open. Students are limited to 3 attempts at passing the exam per semester.

  • If a student fails the Summative Assessment and/or does not take the exam within the allotted period, the student must contact the Office of the Registrar to withdraw from graduation.

  • If a student fails the Summative Assessment and/or does not take the exam within the allotted period, the student must enroll into MTSA6100 Summative Assessment in the subsequent semester.

Further guidance on the Summative Assessment process may be obtained from the Office of the Curriculum Coordinator.