The master of theological studies (MTS) program is a two-year full-time degree that enables students to explore deeply and broadly the languages, literatures, thought, institutions, practices, normative claims, and structures of a variety of theological fields and religious traditions. It also enables students to think critically, with sophistication and self-awareness, about the scholarly study of these concepts and traditions. Eighteen areas of focus allow for diverse educational interests and vocational goals; in addition, students have the opportunity to design their own area in consultation with their advisor and the curriculum committee chair. The program may be preparatory work for a doctoral program in religion or related discipline, or as a means to approach another field or profession, such as law, journalism, public policy, education, arts, or medicine, from a perspective enriched by theological study.
I remember a guest speaker in one of my classes at Harvard Divinity School saying that an HDS education is powerful because it’s not just about academics; it’s also about learning to be engaged in the world. I often recall these words when I’m on the ground helping people in countries vastly different from the United States. Every time I serve others, my HDS education serves me.
—Rick Santos, MTS '92; HDS Leadership Council member; president and CEO of IMA World Health