master of theological studies


ACTS Seminaries offers a Master of Theological Studies for Christian leaders called to teaching, pursuing a doctorate or seeking to enhance their ministry.

The MTS program equips graduates with an expanded knowledge in a theological/biblical specialization of their choice. Through mentorship, in-depth discussion, advanced biblical/theological study and hands-on training, students become better prepared to teach and influence this and future generations of Christians.

Great Preparation for future academic pursuits (PhD)

Access to TWU campus and library services – one of the greatest collections in Canada for a Masters program

Home to the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies – the only one of its kind in North America

Financial Aid and Grants Available

Graduates are prepared to make a difference leading in the following settings:

Research and Doctoral Studies
Religious Education
Church-based teaching ministries
Academic Administration Ministries

Specializations are available in the following areas:

Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Septuagint Studies (Greek Old Testament)

New Testament
Church History
Cross-Cultural Ministries

  The MTS program at ACTS encourages rich conversation and study about the work of God. It not only challenged me, but also helped me to construct critical and careful thinking skills. The MTS program has proven invaluable for my continued academic and professional pursuits. 

– Ashley John Moyse,
PhD Graduate from University of Newcastle, Australia


  • A 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university that prepares a person for theological studies. The degree should include at least 30 semester hours that are related to the disciplines included in the MTS program, of which at least 12 semester hours correspond to the intended area of specialization. (For students planning to pursue the Old Testament specialization, 6 of the 12 semester hours corresponding to the intended area of specialization must be Hebrew language, and for students planning to pursue the New Testament specialization, 6 of the 12 semester hours corresponding to the intended area of specialization must be Greek language.)
    Admission may be granted to motivated applicants who do not have the appropriate prerequisites, on the condition that the student will meet these deficiencies by taking additional graduate courses to increase their level of competence. (A general guideline for estimating the number of additional hours of graduate study that may be required for those without the appropriate undergraduate prerequisites is to divide the total remaining number of prerequisite undergraduate hours by two.)
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and of 3.0 (B) in the courses that correspond to the intended area of specialization.
  • Evidence of Christian conversion and a biblically consistent lifestyle.
  • Students, for whom English is a second language must attain a TOEFL score of 100 iBT (internet Based Test), with a minimum score of 23 in each category of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.
  • Admission to the Master of Theological Studies does not automatically confer candidacy for the degree.
  • As a specialized research program, the MTS demands a high level of proficiency in the discipline of specialization and the capacity to write a quality graduate thesis.
  • Students are expected to maintain a grade point average consistent with graduation requirements for the degree (minimum cumulative GPA 2.7 with 3.0 in the area of specialization). The MTS program committee monitors student progress through coursework, with a view to confirming that the student is ready for the thesis project and reasonably assured of being able to complete the program successfully.
  • Formal program candidacy coincides with a committee-approved thesis proposal.
  • Completion of the 50 semester hours of graduate studies prescribed in the curriculum.
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours at ACTS. This limits the number of semester hours of credit that may be transferred into the program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) with 3.0 (B) in the area of specialization.
  • Completion of research requirements, which include: presentation of a satisfactory thesis that is no more than 25,000 words in length, that shows adequate research, balance and literary style, and that conforms to the format prescribed by the faculty; and successful passing of an oral examination based upon the thesis.
  • Evidence of Christian faith, consistent character and conduct, and recommendation accordingly by the faculty.

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