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.
|Biblical & Language Studies||Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)|
|Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis (3 credits)|
|Interpreting the Old Testament or Interpreting the New Testament (3 credits)|
|Theological & Philosophical Studies||Introduction to Theological Studies (3 credits)|
|Philosophy for Theology (3 credits)|
|Introduction to Christian Ethics or In Search of Biblical Justice (3 credits)|
|Modern & Contemporary Theology (3 credits)|
|Historical & Cultural Studies||Global Church History or Global Christianity and World Religions (3 credits)|
|Historical Theology (6 credits)|
|Ministry Formation Studies||Spiritual Formation (3 credits)|
|Covenant Group (3 credits – 6 semesters of .5 credits)|
|Integrated Seminars||Two of the following courses: (6 credits)|
|Who Is God? (3 credits)|
|Who Is Jesus? (3 credits)|
|What is Salvation? (3 credits)|
|What Is the Church? (3 credits)|
|What Is the Mission of the Church? (3 credits)|
|Elective Courses||(6 credits)|
||MTS Thesis (2 credits)|
50 Total Credit Hours
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 – For six subsequent semester, MTS students are required to continue participating in a covenant group (.5 credits) 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. MTS students who wish to graduate in a shorter time frame may register for extra credits per semester, with added course requirements.
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.
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.
See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.
Credit Hours: 50
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