Master of Theological Studies
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.
Students will demonstrate biblical, theological, and historical knowledge.
Students will communicate their understanding of cultural and historical contexts.
Students will demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity in their program.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Program Supervisor)
Dr. Jeffery B. Riley (Summative Assessment Coordinator)
Foundational Studies Component (34 hours)
Biblical Studies Component (15 hours)
Exploring the Old Testament
Exploring the New Testament
Old Testament Exegesis
New Testament Exegesis
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
Theological Studies Component (14 hours)
Systematic Theology 1
Systematic Theology 2
History of Christianity: Early-Medieval
History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern
NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program
Worship Leadership Component (5 hours)
Proclaiming the Bible
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 Summative Assessment 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.
During registration for the semester that students anticipate graduation, they must contact the Registrar's office to register for MTSA6100 and pay all associated fees (self registration is not available for this course).
Once students register for MTSA6100, they should contact the Summative Assessment Coordinator and verify their enrollment into the Summative Assessment Blackboard site, which houses the exam and additional helpful information.
All graduation deadlines are firm.
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.
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.
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.