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.

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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.

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Degree Objectives

The UGST faculty have set the following objectives for the M.T.S. degree with the approval of the board of directors. Students will be responsible for demonstrating the achievement of all objectives through the Capstone Integrative Project.

  1. To develop biblical and theological competence.
    1. Maintain a high view of the biblical text that
      1. Professes the verbal plenary inspiration of scripture in the original autographs.
      2. Approaches the biblical text in its historical and literary context.
    2. Develop a Oneness Pentecostal hermeneutic that:
      1. Celebrates the God who is described as uniquely one in the Old Testament and who became permanently incarnate in Jesus.
      2. Understands the working of the Spirit in the biblical text as normative for today.
      3. Privileges the belief and practice of the New Testament.
      4. Understands the Apostolic Pentecostal movement in the context of broader Christianity.
  2. Students will further develop skills to communicate biblically and theologically.
    1. Develop methodological competencies through:
      1. Developing a facility with biblical languages
      2. Furthering the ability to perform biblical exegesis and utilize critical methodologies
      3. Increasing an understanding of biblical/theological language and constructs
  3. Students will integrate biblical study into their call for Christian service.
    1. Apply biblical/theological principles by:
      1. Continuing to integrate biblical study with a life of personal holiness.
      2. Exploring biblical/theological themes/topics that are personally relevant.
    2. Serve the community biblically/theologically by:
      1. Researching foci relevant to the Apostolic Pentecostal church.
      2. Exploring themes that are redemptive for evangelism or are potentially transforming for the global Christian community.