Master of Theological Studies

Degree Information

The MTS degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 18 units, including courses devoted to work on the master’s thesis. This degree program can be completed in two years of full-time study. It must be completed within four years of matriculation into the program. Students will plan their course of studies with an advisor according to guidelines outlined in the Master's Level Campus Life Handbook.. Students may transfer units from this degree program to the Master of Divinity degree program by applying for reclassification through the Admissions Committee.

McCormick students will complete a thesis or project as part of the MTS program. Students will select a topic in consultation with the student’s advisor. The thesis or project presents the results of graduate level research, presented in a publishable form. The thesis itself is in a traditional written format, while the project may be presented to include non-written, performance, or other non-traditional formats. Both the thesis and the project will demonstrate graduate level abilities to pursue research with skill in investigation, assessment, and expression. Information on the MTS Thesis and Project Guidelines are found in the Master's Level Campus Life Handbook.

This program meets a variety of the needs of international students pursuing graduate theological studies. It is also designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to begin or to continue graduate theological education for personal or vocational enrichment.


General Requirements

Pilgrimage in Faithfulness (PIF)

All masters level students must successfully complete the course titled Pilgrimage in Faithfulness. PIF is an integrative course designed around major themes and traditions in Christian life, worship, and witness through the ages and in today’s world. The course brings the entire entering class together with a team of faculty for plenary and small group meetings, a common meal, and worship. It meets every Tuesday during the fall semester from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sexual Misconduct Workshop Requirement

All Masters level students are required to take a six-hour workshop on preventing clergy sexual misconduct before graduation. Students in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Urban Ministry, and Master of Arts in Discipleship Development programs must take the workshop before beginning field studies.