School of Theology & Christian Ministry

MTS Thesis Track Requirements

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

The following is an outline of the requirements for the thesis track of the Master of Theological Studies degree at Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry. For more detailed information and course descriptions, refer to the current seminary catalog.

The thesis track of the MTS degree requires additional information during the application process. In order for a student to be considered for the Anderson University School of Theology MTS degree, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Achieve an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Write an academic paper according to guidelines available from the Office of Student Development. Send email to for more information.
  3. Interview with a full-time AU seminary faculty member (in the area of Bible, church history, theology, or mission), and receive that faculty member’s written recommendation that this degree is an appropriate one given the prospective student’s vocational and educational goals.
  4. Complete all admission requirements by August 1 (for fall admission) or December 1 (for spring admission).

Thesis Track Courses


  • 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 DescriptionsEither OLDT or NEWT
  • Choose ONE course (3 hrs) from the CHIS Courses
  • Choose ONE course (3 hrs) from the THST Courses
  • 15 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.
  • Caption related to Course objectives for both:
    Research Design (1 hr)
    Thesis (2 hrs)

See the full catalog with all program and course descriptions.