Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is an academic program that is designed either for those who intend to go on for further academic studies or for those who desire a strong theological education for various vocational goals. Possible vocations include teaching, theological research, and editing.

Study in residence or from a distance. A full-time student can typically complete the M.T.S. program in two years of residential study or three years via Distance Learning. The program includes core courses in Bible and Theology. In addition, each student may choose an area of concentration.


Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements reflect CTS’s goal to train capable stewards of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Please note that if you have not had the following pre-seminary courses, some of your admission requirements can be met through courses offered at CTS. However, you should be aware that your M.T.S. program will be enhanced by more elective choices if all admission requirements are completed prior to beginning your program.To apply to the M.T.S. program you need to have a B.A. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college and have a grade-point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. Your pre-seminary education should include one course each in English and literature, and two each in history, philosophy, natural science, and social science. In addition, you are encouraged to take four semesters of Greek. If you have not had Greek courses, you may take the courses (Greek Fundamentals I and II) at CTS but it will be more challenging to complete your program in two years.

Advanced Standing

You may be able to gain advanced standing for prior study or knowledge of Bible and Theology. Advanced standing means that you have gained competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below.The following courses are available for Advanced Standing. Study Guides and more information may be found here.

  • Bible Survey
  • Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions
  • Christian Engagement with World Religions
  • Church in Historical Context 1 or 2 (not both)

If granted, Advanced Standing reduces the number of CTS credit hours needed to complete one’s degree. More info about the tests can be found here.