The MTS degree program has as its goals that students undertake a rigorous course of academic study that will:
• Provide an opportunity to explore foundational issues in Christian tradition in two areas: Bible or Historical and Theological Studies
• Require in-depth exploration of one of these areas, including the writing of a thesis
A qualified MTS applicant will demonstrate:
• The intellectual capacity to undertake the academic work by completing an undergraduate degree completed with a 2.7 GPA. A liberal arts degree program is preferred, i.e. emphasis on English, literature, philosophy, religion.
• A theological understanding of his/her life and vocational goals through the application essay.
• A recognition by others of intellectual ability and emotional maturity through letters of reference.
Program of Study
The MTS degree program requires the successful completion of 54 semester hours including the following:
Required Core Courses (Five courses • 15 credit hours)
• Biblical Studies I: Torah and Former Prophets
• Biblical Studies III: The Gospels and Revelation
• Church History and Doctrine I: Development and Consequences
• Church History and Doctrine II: Developing Theological Themes
• Constructive Theology
Field of Concentration (21 credit hours)
A major field of concentration consisting of seven courses, as specified in one of the following areas of concentration:
Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Two elective courses in a minor area of concentration
Open Electives (3 credit hours)
Master Seminar and Thesis
Two semesters of MTS Seminar (3 credit hours)
The Seminar will be required of all MTS students. Students will normally register for the Seminar in their 2nd and 3rd semesters. It will be credited 1.5 hours per semester. This Seminar will meet bi-weekly. MTS students from all fields meet to study theological method and approaches to research, and to present to one another aspects of their work done in courses, or work done in preparation for a thesis. The Seminar will function to move students toward a thesis proposal.
Completion and Oral Defense of a Thesis (6 credit hours)
Students will write a thesis of original quality to be credited with six semester hours during the final semester of their degree program. A thesis proposal developed in consultation with a thesis advisor must be submitted to the Masters Committee for approval during the semester prior to that in which the thesis is to be written and credited. Upon completion, the thesis will normally be presented in a public, oral defense. Final approval of the thesis is by the thesis advisor and a secondary reader, both appointed by the Academic Dean.
In order to be awarded a Master of Theological Studies degree from Eden Theological Seminary, a student must complete the following within five years of matriculation:
• Satisfactory completion of 54 credit hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0;
• Completion of 15 hours of required course work in Bible, History and Theology (see above);
• Completion of the courses required for a major and minor area of concentration;
• Completion of two semesters of MTS Seminar;
• Completion and defense of a thesis;
• Completion of a comprehensive exam in the student’s major area of concentration;
• Demonstration, in the judgment of the faculty, of an adequate measure of competence and maturity.
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