MTS Program

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.

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HDS Voices

Elise Alexander

Career Services at HDS strikes a wonderful balance between empowering students to help themselves through tip sheets and online resources, and providing hands-on guidance through consultations and their readiness to respond to emails. Thanks to them, I feel prepared to conduct the job search process after graduation. I’m confident that their help will prove useful long after I leave Cambridge.
—Elise Alexander, MTS '14
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