School of Theology & Christian Ministry

MTS Non-Thesis Track Requirements

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Non-Thesis Track, Master of Theological Studies (49 semester hours)

A student enrolled in the non-thesis track of the Master of Theological Studies seminary degree is required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination in Bible, theology, and history, in addition to the courses listed below. For more detailed information and course descriptions, refer to the current seminary catalog.


  • THST 5000 Orientation to Graduate Theological Studies
  • THST 5110 Hermeneutics and Critical Reflection in Theological Education
  • OLDT 5100 Faith and Life Through the Hebrew Scriptures
  • NEWT 5100 New Testament Seminar: Jesus and the Caesars
  • THST 5120 Faith Seeking Understanding
  • CHIS 5100 History of Christianity
  • INTS 5100 Missio Dei: Introduction to Culture Studies
  • PAST 5100 Spiritual Formation


  • Choose ONE course (3 hrs) from the Biblical Studies Course Descriptions
    Either OLDT or NEWT
  • Choose ONE course (3 hrs) from the CHIS Courses
  • Choose ONE course (3 hrs) from the THST Courses
  • 18 hours of electives will be selected in consultation with the MTS advisor in a chosen area of study. Courses must to be approved by the Academic Cabinet.

See the full catalog with all program and course descriptions.