Rigorous. Relevant. Rewarding.

Shepherds Theological Seminary has built its academic programs to prepare students for real life and real ministry. Our curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to be rigorous, relevant, and rewarding.
The Bible forms the basis of our education and students are challenged to always keep the Word of God as the lens by which they view the world. Although ministry preparation always begins with a deep mastery of the Bible, STS goes to great lengths to ensure every degree program is balanced with practical ministry courses that prepare the student for a lifetime of service, in the church and in the world.
Master of Divinity</p>
Master of Divinity


92 credits / 3-4 years
The Premier Pastoral Degree
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Pastoral and Academic Focus


Master of Arts in<br />
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Master of Arts in
Biblical Literature & Languages


68 credits / 2-3 years
Ph.D. preparatory degree
Focus on biblical languages
Focus on textual criticism


Master of Arts inChristian MinistryMACM
Master of Arts inChristian MinistryMACM
47 credits / 1-2 years
A Professional Ministry Degree
Concentration in Christian Ministry
Concentration in Biblical Counseling


Master of Theological StudiesMTS
Master of Theological StudiesMTS
42 credits / 1 year
Intensive Format Academic Degree
Practical Theology Focus
Only Available at STS Teaching Sites


Women's Programs
Women's Programs
Custom MDIV and MACM for Women
Purposeful Academics
Practical Apologetics
Preparation for Meaningful Ministry



Diploma Programs
Diploma Programs
36-42 credits / 1-2 years
Multiple Diploma Options
For Students without a BA or BS Degree
Available for Credit or Audit


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Accessible faculty,
superb scholars.



Israel Initiative
Israel Initiative
One of the most unique aspects about studying at STS is our free study trip to Israel. To learn more about the STS Israel Initiative, click here.
Center for Research in Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions
Center for Research in Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions
CRBMI provides advanced teaching and research in biblical textual criticism and manuscript studies. To learn more about CRBMI, click here.
<i>Poimenes</i> Journal
Poimenes Journal
Poimenes is a publication of Shepherds Theological Seminary covering a wide array of topics of interest to Christian pastors and scholars, including theology, languages, and culture. To learn more about Poimenes, click here.
Jackson Library
Jackson Library
The Paul K. Jackson Library represents Shepherds Theological Seminary’s commitment to academic excellence and scholarly research. To learn more about the Jackson Library, click here.

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