Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Christian Faith and Public Policy


Following is an overview of the courses (and associated unit values) required for this concentration:

Foundational Requirements
A Guide to Seminary Writing
Critical Analysis in Theological Studies
Old Testament Pentateuch
Gospels and Acts
Old Testament Historical Books or
   Pauline Epistles
Theology and Ethics of Congregational Life
Systematic Theology and Ethics:
   Vision of Community
Systematic Theology and Ethics:
   Reign of God
The Church in Mission through History

16 Units
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Concentration Requirements
Theology and Public Policy
Political and Public Theologies
Global South Theologies and Politics

12 Units
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Students pursuing this concentration earn an additional six units of credit by choosing three 2-unit courses from a variety of options. They may take courses in public policy through Eastern University's Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Courses include The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Policy; Health Care Law; Community Organization; Neighborhood Economic Development; Public Policy; Urban Economics; Urban Politics; Community Revitalization; and Advocacy, Human Rights, and Public Policy.

Students in this concentration, pending approval from their academic advisor, may also take Seminary courses that contain major public policy components. Finally, they may take up to two graduate courses on public policy from any accredited Philadelphia area university.

Summative Requirements

4 Units

 

To earn four units of credit in this area, students have various options. All, however, require at least one internship (worth two units) with an organization working on public policy. The internship consists of 14 hours per week plus bi-weekly reflection seminars with the internship supervisor. Internship sites include Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), located on the Palmer campus. There are various additional options in the Philadelphia area and in Washington, D.C.

Students may do 2-unit internships for up to three additional semesters. (Any units exceeding the 4-unit Summative Requirements may be applied to the 12-unit Concentration Requirements listed above.) Students also have the option of writing a 2-unit research paper.

Total Program Units: 32