MTS | master of theological studies

The goal of MTS courses is to provide thesis students with an understanding of the process of thesis development and the encouragement and supervision required to bring a these project to a successful completion.


MTS 700 – Research Writing and the Ministry of Scholarship (3 Credits)

The student is introduced to the world of academic scholarship, research, writing, and teaching. This objective is situated within a more general attempt to help students discern and prepare for their own contribution to the ministry of Christian scholarship. The course explores broad epistemological issues that shape research within the Christian worldview; it considers other specific issues and methodologies related to research writing in the fields of specialization represented by the MTS, MLE, CCM, and MTh programs; and it helps students prepare for teaching in an educational setting. Students are challenged to develop skills of persuasion in the academic context, and to build a personal philosophy of scholarly ministry. In addition, the course prepares students for the specific task of researching, writing, and defending a graduate thesis.



MTS 831 – MTS Thesis (3 Credits)

The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: MTS 803 and a Program Committee-approved thesis proposal.

MTS 832 – MTS Thesis (3 Credits)

The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: MTS 831.

MTS 833 – MTS Thesis (2 Credits)

The student works on their thesis under direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: MTS 832.

MTS 834 – Thesis Continuing Status (0 Credits)

The student works on their thesis under the direction of an advisor. No credit is applied. Course enrollment tracks the student’s continuing status in the program and must be enrolled in until final thesis completion. Prerequisite: MTS 833.



MTS 835 – Program Continuation – Pre-Thesis (0 Credits)

This non-credit course allows MTS students to maintain their student status when they have completed all non-thesis course work but do not yet have a program committee approved thesis proposal. The student is expected to make progress towards an approved thesis proposal under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Course enrollment tracks the student’s continuing status in the program. Students will NOT be permitted to enroll in more than two consecutive semesters in program continuation courses. Prerequisite: All MTS non-thesis course work and MTS 803. A course fee applies.



MTS 889 – Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 Credits)

An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 700, MTH 800.