The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is designed for those who wish a firm foundation in the Christian faith, and for those preparing for vocational ministry on the path toward the Master of Divinity degree. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to accurately interpret God’s Word, allowing them to articulate and defend the great doctrines of the inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient Scripture.
The MTS is the only degree that Shepherds offers in two formats. The first is a one-year intensive format, with 1-week modular courses spanning a twelve-month stretch. This one-year format is available through Shepherds’ one-year, cohort programs, located on our main campus (Shepherds Institute), and at our teaching sites in Laramie, WY (The WEST Institute), and Bryan, TX (STS Texas). The second is a traditional format, with semester-long courses available to take either through our main campus or our teaching site in Bryan, TX.
One-Year Teaching Sites
Delivery Method Options
|RS 500||Research and Writing||1|
|BE 501||Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets||3|
|BE 502||Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings||3|
|BE 504||Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics||3|
|BE 511||New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts||3|
|BE 512||New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation||3|
|BE 513||History and Geography of Israel*||3|
|BE 613||Life of Christ||3|
|HT 500||Historical Theology||3|
|PT 581/582||Ministry Preparation for Men/Women**||2|
|TH 501||Systematic Theology I||3|
|TH 502||Systematic Theology II||3|
|TH 503||Systematic Theology III||3|
|TH 601||Systematic Theology IV||3|
|Elec||Open Elective (typically 1 course)**||3|
|Total MTS Credits||42|
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%
In the one-year programs, the curriculum of the MTS degree is delivered to students via multiple educational avenues:
1. On-Site: Each site offers local courses, taught by an STS professor or adjunct who flies out for the course (done in a 1-week intensive format).
2. Live Stream: Some of the courses in the MTS are taught via Zoom, our live-streaming video platform. Zoom allows students at the teaching sites to see, hear, and participate in courses as if they were physically there.
3. Online: From time to time, certain MTS courses will be offered in a fully online format and delivered via our LMS. Students will still meet at the teaching site for a “flipped classroom” experience where they will discuss the online course with the teaching site director or mentor.
No matter the delivery method, MTS students are guaranteed a regular and substantive interaction with Shepherds professors and staff!