MDiv vs. MTS

Trying to discern which program is right for you? Here is an overview of similarities and differences of the MTS and MDiv degrees.

  MDiv MTS
Years of full-time study 3 2
Thesis required? Yes, in the third year No, but there are opportunities to pursue independent reading and research
Clinical pastoral education (CPE)* Not required, but many elect to participate in CPE. The Office of Ministry Studies provides assistance with applying and advising Optional
Field education 2 units required Optional
Required classes
  • Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion;
  • Introduction to Ministry Studies;
  • Meaning Making—Thinking Theologically about Ministry Experience
Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
Language requirement 3 semesters of study in one language OR attain intermediate reading competency; can be demonstrated by coursework or examination Must attain intermediate reading competency; can be demonstrated by coursework or examination
Area of focus None required Must declare from 18 options
Summary of distribution requirements, in addition to already mentioned requirements 6 courses in “Histories, Theologies, & Practices” (HTP); 3 courses in “Scriptural Interpretation” (SI); 3 courses which can be a combination of HTP and SI; 3 courses in “Arts of Ministry” 6 courses within area of focus; 3 courses outside area of focus

* Clinical Pastoral Education brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounter with persons in crisis (generally in healthcare settings) as a part of ministerial professional education.