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 was a little worried that I might be the only Jewish student at HDS, but I was quickly welcomed into a pluralistic community of diverse intellectual and spiritual interests. The Jewish Student Association has served as a homebase for my spiritual growth, meeting for text study, conversations on controversial topics, and to celebrate together. This grounding has allowed me to explore other religious traditions and further inform my own spiritual practice.
—Maytal Saltiel, MDiv '12
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