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.
Serving the local homeless community at the Outdoor Church added purpose and energy to my classroom experience. I was not learning theology for theology's sake, but as a living, breathing tradition brimming with good news even for those at the edges of our society. This realization gave clarity to my own faith and sense of vocation.
—Tom Hathaway, MDiv '11More about field education