Master of Theological Studies

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies degree focuses on the biblical, historical and theological foundations of Christian faith. Students in this degree program focus on academic work and engage in faculty directed scholarly research.


The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is an academic degree. It is appropriate for persons interested in broadening their understanding of the Christian tradition and/or those who may be considering Ph.D. work in some field of theology.


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 with a 2.7 GPA or higher. 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 (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

Bible/Old Testament

  • Biblical Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings
  • Biblical Studies IV: Paul and the Interpreters of Paul
  • Three electives in Old Testament
  • Hebrew Grammar and Hebrew Exegesis

Bible/New Testament

  • Biblical Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings
  • Biblical Studies IV: Paul and the Interpreters of Paul
  • Three electives in New Testament
  • Greek Grammar and Greek Exegesis

Historical and Theological Studies

  • Christian Ethics
  • Four electives in Historical and Theological Studies
  • Greek Grammar and Greek Exegesis or six hours of Latin tutorial

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. 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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

For admission information contact:
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