Academics

ACADEMICS

The M.T.S. at CDSP, offered in residential and online formats, is a flexible program that provides solid academic grounding in theological disciplines and provides students with opportunities to integrate their interests and expertise in other fields. The M.T.S. deepens students’ capacity for lay vocations in the church and the world, but is not intended to prepare students for ordination. The degree is also open to students who are already ordained, particularly international students, who want to further their theological education.

Like CDSP’s M.Div. degree, the M.T.S. curriculum centers on mission, discipleship and evangelism. Spiritual formation and worship are integral to the program, and students are required to participate in a spiritual formation group for M.T.S. students and participate in worship either at CDSP or, for online students, in a home congregation.

Through study, worship, prayer, and service, students in the MTS program are formed as Christian disciples who participate in God’s mission and proclaim the Gospel in a context of religious and cultural pluralism. The rich ecumenical resources of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) provide opportunity for study in many different areas. If undertaken on a full-time basis, the MTS program is designed to be completed in as little as two academic years. All work must be completed within eight years. The degree may be pursued in residence, online, or a combination of both.

CDSP also offers the Master of Arts degree, which provides a basic understanding of theological or religious studies as preparation for doctoral study or as an academic foundation for teaching, ministry, or non-profit leadership. Learn more.

Course Requirements for the Residential M.T.S.

 Bible
  • 1 Old Testament
  • 1 New Testament
History (2 courses)
Theology (1 course)
Ethics (1 course)
Liturgics (1 course)
World religion or interfaith relations (1 course)
6 electives
Thesis/Project
  • 2 courses, the first for preliminary exploration of a topic, the second for writing and submitting the thesis
Total 16 courses

 

Download a detailed description of the M.T.S. curriculum.

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