The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is a 48-unit degree designed to combine academic excellence with in depth theological studies in a particular area of concentration in order to provide a foundation for further graduate study and general education and enrichment. Areas of concentration include: biblical studies, ethics and social change, interreligious studies, ministry, religious education, spiritual formation and theology. Students must complete a summative exercise at the end of their program which takes the form of master seminar or research-focused project.
The MTS program is ideal for those already working in or considering non-profit community leadership or faith-based leadership, for those who plan to pursue further graduate study, for those who want a theological education to enhance their ministry as lay people, as well as for UMC ministry candidates following the Deacon path. The final summative exercise will be akin to a portfolio that corresponds with the student’s interests, connecting their education with the practical tools needed to work in a certain area.