Master of Theological Studies
The MTS degree program prepares students for a wide variety of work in religious institutions. The MTS degree program includes exposure to the broad range of theological disciplines in its required curriculum. The electives offer the student a program either of a focused study in a particular discipline or a broader lens over the whole of theological possibilities. A predominant number of courses are academic rather than professional in focus. The remainder of the program is elective courses. NBTS has suggested concentrations, but students, in consultation with a faculty mentor, will identify a personalized concentration of study and select courses that achieve the student’s educational goals. Electives will allow the student to create the program which best suits his or her needs. In addition to course work, the MTS degree will require a concluding exercise that allows for a summative evaluation; this exercise may be a thesis in a concentration or a project with a corresponding elective course to aid in the project development.
Why pursue an MTS at NBTS?
|Adaptive: Courses are offered days, evenings, and weekends in the traditional classroom format, as hybrid courses, or completely online.|
|Fast Completion: Only 48 credits – students can complete the program in two years.|
|Welcoming: Affirming of all persons desiring to study theology.|
|Innovative: Study with a faculty who offer innovative opportunities for learning and appreciate adult learners.|
|Justice Oriented: Attend a school with a heart for God’s people who believe justice is the demand of the Gospel.|
|Diverse: Learn with a diverse faculty and student body who will offer a variety of perspectives.|
|Flexible: Students select their path of study based on individual needs.
Examples of suggested concentrations
Biblical Studies Concentration: Required courses and 6 courses (18 credits) of Biblical Studies courses, and a Research Paper or Project/Additional Course. If seeking to continue to the Ph.D. level, students should take Hebrew and Greek as part of the concentration.
Theology and Public Policy Concentration: Required Courses, Christian Experience (IN520) and Witness, Contextualized Ministry and Public Faith (IN 521), and 4 courses (12 credits) of Theology, Bible, Ministry, or IN courses, and a Research Paper or Project and Course.
Ministry in the Church Concentration: Required courses, and Introduction to Pastoral Care, Introduction to Worship; Sermon Preparation, Transformational Leadership, 3 courses (9 credits) of electives, and a Research Paper or Project and Course. Individualized Concentration: Required courses and 18 credits (6 courses) developed in consultation with your faculty mentor.
|Module 1 – 15 credits of required courses +9 credits of electives (24 credits total)|
|Course Number & Name||
|OT510 Introduction to Old Testament||3|
|NT510 Introduction to New Testament||3|
|CH510 Introduction to Global Christianity I||3|
|CH 511 Introduction to Global Christianity II||3|
|IN511 Race, Class, & Gender IN311 Anti-Racism Workshop||3|
|MS001 Clergy Ethics Training [REQUIRED]||NC|
|Module 2 – 9 credits of required courses + 9 credits of electives + paper or project (24 credits total)|
|Course Number & Name||
|BS520 Biblical Research and Writing*||3|
|TH520 Foundations and Global Theology I||3|
|TH521 Foundations and Global Theology II||3|
|Thesis/Project Choose a path:||Path 1 – Thesis:||MT691 & TMT692 M.A. Thesis||6|
|Path 2 – Project:||MS693 M.A. Project||3|
*May take this course in the first module if one bible introduction is already complete and student is enrolled in the second
Comparison: Master of Divinity & Master of Theological Studies
Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies students take the same introductory courses in Bible, History, and Theology, which provides a solid theological foundation. The Master of Divinity degree is a required degree for ordination or promotion in some denominations. You should check on the requirements for your denomination or church during the application process. Our admissions team can help you determine requirements. Many chaplaincy programs require the M.Div. instead of an MTS or MA.
|Theses or project required||no||yes|
|Degree for ordination||Depends on the denomination||Depends on the denomination|