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Preparing Religious Scholars

  • Research: Write a thesis to pursue research interests or prepare to study at the graduate level.
  • Flexibility: Create a program suited to individual academic interests and religious backgrounds/faith traditions.
  • Sacred Texts: Understand the historical, social and literary contexts that formed sacred texts, as well as a variety of interpretive strategies.
  • Contexts: Gain insight into changing emphases, interpretations and practices over time and in differing cultural contexts.
  • Theology and Philosophy: Explore the world’s wisdom traditions and bring them into conversation with contemporary experience.

MTS More Info


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. The MTS is designed especially for anyone who is interested in studying theology and in offering theological leadership within their community. This program may also lead to graduate study, and therefore, MTS students have the option of writing a thesis.

Program Summary

Students take courses to complete one of four foci in the MTS: Interfaith, Buddhist, Christian, or Muslim. Each focus consists of 7 required Emmanuel College core courses, 5 tradition-based designated electives, 3 other designated electives, and 5 open electives. Electives may be used to construct either a “survey” (non-specialized) or specialized program of study. The degree may be completed purely full-time in 2 years or on a part-time basis within 8 years.

MTS - Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Theological Studies program will be able to demonstrate

  • Knowledge of sacred texts, history, ethics, and theology that is substantial and relevant.
  • Comprehension of intercultural, interreligious and contextual issues bearing upon theological research and scholarship.
  • Skills and practices of theological scholarship.