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Master of Theological Studies

 

Who Should Consider the MTS Degree?

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is designed for students who wish to obtain a more general, academic theological education. The MTS is ideal for persons desiring to teach theology at the undergraduate level or pursue doctoral education in a number of theological disciplines. It is designed to be completed in 4-5 years part-time or 2-3 years full-time.

 

What Will I Study?

Biblical & Language Studies Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew (4 hours)
  Old Testament Interpretation (4 hours)
  New Testament Interpretation (4 hours)
  Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis (4 hours)
  Advanced Biblical Studies (2 hours)
   
Theological & Philosophical Studies Introduction to Theological Studies (2 hours)
  Philosophy for Theology (2 hours)
  Introduction to Christian Ethics (2 hours)
  Modern Theology (2 hours)
  Advanced Theology (2 hours)
  Advanced Philosophy (2 hours)
   
Historical & Cultural Studies  Global Church History (2 hours)
   Historical Theology (6 hours)
   Postmodern Theology & the Church (2 hours)
   
Ministry Formation Studies  Spiritual Formation (2 hours)
   Global Perspectives in Ministry and Mission (2 hours)
   
Integrated Seminars Who Is God? or Who Is Jesus? (2 hours)
  What is Salvation? or What Is the Church? or
  What Is the Mission of the Church? (2 hours)
   

60 Total Credit Hours

 

What is the Spiritual Formation Focus?

An essential aspect of fulfilling Leland’s mission to “equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ” is nurturing spiritual growth in students. Leland seeks to provide a structure and atmosphere that helps students to have the support and accountability necessary for both individual and corporate spiritual growth. Like anything, building community that encourages this kind of growth takes time and intentionality. To this end, Leland has set in place specific requirements for our students.

Spiritual Formation Class – MTS students are required to take the Spiritual Formation class during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class will provide a model for practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.

Covenant Groups – Every subsequent semester, MTS students are required to continue participating in a covenant group comprised of 4-7 other graduate students, which will meet seven times during the semester. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices.

Community Life Events – MTS students are also asked to contribute to and benefit from the broader Leland community by participating in at least two required community life events each semester (or four per year). These events include the all-school gatherings that inaugurate each semester, Advent and Lent worship services, Theological Society meetings, and the Graduation ceremony.

 

What are the Admissions Requirements?

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is committed to providing equal opportunity for all student applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The decision for admission rests with the Admissions Committee. Admission into the Master of Theological Studies program is based on the following considerations:Attested commitment to the Christian faith manifested by a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, membership and participation in a church and recommendation from Christian leaders.

  1. Attested commitment to the Christian faith manifested by a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, membership and participation in a church and recommendation from Christian leaders.
  2. Attested commitment to ministry indicated by a written statement of vocational or ministry objectives and church endorsement.
  3. Demonstrated academic ability by a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with an overall grade point (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Attested moral character evidenced by a life consistent with Christian principles and recommendations from Christian friends and leaders.

 

See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.

 

 

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MTS In A Nutshell

Credit Hours: 60

Vocational Focus: Academic teaching or writing, an intermediate step towards doctoral studies (Ph.D.), ministry with an academic focus

Curricular Focus: A rigorous study of the biblical, theological and philosophical foundations of our faith

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