Shepherds Texas is an extension of Shepherds Theological Seminary’s main campus, offering a remote degree for students who are pursuing the MTS
Students learn from instructors onsite or via high-quality video conference into classes taking place at the main campus. Participate in a live classroom environment with other students at the teaching site and engage in class discussions from a distance through live stream. Distance learning provides live correspondence with professor and highly interactive class sessions.
We offer a rotation of courses that allows students the flexibility to finish their Masters degree in two years or at their own pace. All required courses are available at the Texas Campus, either through onsite lectures or live streaming with the Cary Campus.
The Master of Theological Studies degree is designed for students looking for an entry level masters degree that provides both a strong foundation in the Bible and theology, but also prepares them to serve more effectively where ever God has called them, whether in the local Church or in their place of employment. The MTS degree also appeals to students who may consider more advanced degree work and it counts towards 45% of MDiv should a student decide to continue their studies.
AVG. YEARS TO COMPLETE IN TEXAS
PERCENT OF MDIV REQUIREMENTS
|CE 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||Hermeneutics and Biblical Research||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|
|TH 501||Systematic Theology I||3|
|TH 502||Systematic Theology II||3|
|TH 503||Systematic Theology III||3|
|TH 601||Systematic Theology IV||3|
|HT 501**||Historical Theology I: Pentecost to the Reformation||2|
|HT 502**||Historical Theology II: Post-Reformation to the Modern Church||2|
|PT 581/582||Ministry Preparation||2|
*If a student decides not to take advantage of the study trip to Israel, electives may be taken in place of this course. However, since electives are two credit courses, the student will need to choose two electives, increasing the total number of credits to 43.
The MTS is the only degree that Shepherds Theological Seminary offers outside of our main campus in Cary, NC. Currently STS offers teaching sites in three locations (Laramie, WY; Bryan, TX; and Singapore). Each teaching site is housed in a local church just like Shepherds’ main campus, and each site offers the same chance for mentorship and discipleship that our main campus does, just on a smaller scale.
The curriculum of the MTS degree is delivered to student via multiple educational avenues:
1. On-Site: Each site offers local courses, often taught by an STS professor or adjunct who flies out for the course (done in a 1-week intensive format).
2. Live Stream: Many of the courses in the MTS are taught via ZOOM, our awesome live-streaming video platform. ZOOM allows students at the teaching sites to see, hear, and participate in our main campus courses, as if they were physically there. In simple terms, ZOOM is just like Skype or Facetime, but for higher education…and with a lot more features.
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!