Master of Theological Studies

Master of Theological Studies: General Track

(48 credit hours)

The M.T.S.: General Track is designed to give students a great deal of flexibility in their coursework. Students who start out on this track but later desire to write a thesis may petition to move to the M.T.S.: Research Track. Approval for this option should be sought after 24 hours of completed coursework. Students who do not receive approval will remain in the General M.T.S.

Download the MTS: General Track Degree Completion Plan

Master of Theological Studies: Research Track

(48 credit hours)

The M.T.S.: Research Track is a degree designed to prepare students for further graduate studies and enhance their abilities to produce scholarly work. In consultation with their advisor, students must declare for this track and be approved. Students must have demonstrated solid writing ability and be in conversation with a thesis advisor who has confidence in the student’s ability to complete this option. Approval for this track should be sought after 24 hours of completed coursework. Students who do not receive approval will remain in the M.T.S.: General Track.

Download the MTS: Research Track Degree Completion Plan

Degree Objectives

The UGST faculty has set the following objectives for the M.T.S. degree with the approval of the board of directors and in conjunction with the Degree Program Standards of the Association of Theological Schools. Students will be responsible for demonstrating the achievement of all objectives through the Capstone Project. The Capstone for the MTS: General Track consists of a comprehensive exam. The Capstone for the MTS: Research Track consists of writing a thesis and defending it.

Core Objectives:

  1. Produce graduate level biblical and theological reflection from an Apostolic Pentecostal tradition that is in conversation with the context of broader Christianity (ATS: Religious Heritage)
  2. Engage with diverse contexts in which ministry occurs using multiple theoretical perspectives (ATS: Cultural Context)
  3. Commit to ongoing spiritual formation in community rooted in loving God and actively serving others in the world (ATS: Personal and Spiritual Formation)
    • Organize personal spiritual formation in community
    • Discover the implications of loving God
    • Commit to serving others in the world

Specialized Objectives:

  1. Perform biblical exegesis
  2. Understand biblical/theological language and concepts
  3. Communicate biblical/theological knowledge