Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

General Studies


Pursuing the MTS in General Studies provides students with the greatest flexibility with regard to course options. This can be an advantage for those who want to remain open with regard to the specific directions(s) their theological interests may take them. Following is an overview of the courses (and associated unit values) required for this program.

Level I (required core courses)
A Guide to Seminary Writing
Critical Analysis in Theological Studies
Spiritual Formation
Biblical Interpretation for Ministry
Gospel and Acts
Old Testament Pentateuch
Old Testament Historical Books or
    Pauline Epistles
Theology and Ethics of Congregational Life
The Church in Mission through History

16 Units
1
1
2
2
2
2
2

2
2

 

Level II
Christian World Mission
   (required core course)
Vocational Formation Elective
   (required elective)*
Bible or Theology Elective
   (required elective)
Ethics Elective (required elective)
Three "free" electives (in any area)
Summative Project (required)

16 Units
2

2

2

2
6
2

 

*The Vocational Formation Elective is taken early in Level II to help discern or confirm each student's vocational direction. Courses fall into one of five categories of vocational interest:

Family Ministries--Sample Courses: Pastoral Care of Urban Families, Pastoral Care to At-Risk Women and Their Families; Grief and Loss, Living and Dying; Theology and Practice of Christian Marriage Counseling

Discipleship and Spiritual Growth--Sample Courses: Boundaries and Systems for Ministry; The Holy Spirit and Christian Spirituality

Church and Missions--Sample Courses: Travel course to Mexico; Current Issues in Urban Ministry; Rise of Christianity in Asia, Africa & Latin America; Theology of Islam; Mission of Jesus in John; Growing Holistic Congregations; Theologies of Martyrdom; Global South Theologies and Politics; Missional Preaching

Lay Leadership--Sample Courses: Christian Education in the 21st Century; Case Studies in Christian Accountability; Managing Conflict within Congregations; Faith-based Money Matters

Church, Culture, Diversity, Issues of Justice--Sample Courses: Theology and a Movie; Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Church as Community of Compassion; Bible, Pacifism, & Just War; The Church's Response to Poverty; Church Renewal & Evangelism; Ministry Among Immigrant Populations