Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a twenty-credit program that provides flexibility to create a program of study to suit your academic interests. Electives may be used to construct either a ‘survey’ (non-specialized) or specialized program of study. The program may be completed on a part-time basis and up to eight years are allowed for completion. The MTS is designed especially for anyone who is interested in a vocation in lay theological leadership and further study at the doctoral level.

What would I study? Quick Glance

Required Courses: New Testament I, Old Testament I, History of Christianity I & II, Theology I & II, Old Testament II or New Testament II, Christian Ethics in Context, Missions and Religious Pluralism.

Electives: Of the 11 Electives, 7 are Open (or undesignated), 4 are designated and must include courses in each of the following areas: History, Theology, Ethics, Spirituality (at Emmanuel). Students may use Open electives for biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek). Two electives may be used to write a thesis.

MTS program requirements from EC Student Handbook

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MTS, graduates will:

Religious Faith and Heritage
• Demonstrate knowledge of the Christian heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions.
• Interpret scripture and Christian texts using a variety of methods, sources, and norms.
• Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within the Christian tradition.

Culture and Context
• Demonstrate critical understanding of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
• Employ diverse methods of contextual analysis.
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices.

Spiritual/Vocational Formation
• Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within the Christian tradition, and an ability to reflect critically on their own sense of call to leadership and service.
• Attend to the intellectual and scholarly development of self and others.
• Display capacity for self-reflexive and spiritual practices within communities of learning.

Practices of Theological Scholarship
• Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to leadership in scholarly settings.
• Show ability to integrate theory and practice.

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