MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is offered on our main campus in Cary, NC, as well as at the STS teaching sites (Laramie, WY; and Bryan, TX). This 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.

42

Credit Hours

3

Geographic Locations

3

AVG. YEARS TO COMPLETE IN BRYAN, TX

1

AVG. YEARS TO COMPLETE IN CARY, NC & LARAMIE, WY

CORE CURRICULUM

RS 500Research and Writing1
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
BE 513*History and Geography of Israel3
BE 613Life of Christ3
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
HT 501**Historical Theology I: Pentecost to the Reformation2
HT 502**Historical Theology II: Post-Reformation to the Modern Church2
PT 581/582**Ministry Preparation for Men/Women2
Elec.**Open Elective2
Total MTS Credits42

*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.
 
**In the cohort programs (The WEST Institute/Shepherds Institute), students will complete HT 500 Survey of Historical Theology (3 credits) and PT 502 Hermeneutics to Exposition (3 credits) in place of HT 501, HT 502, and the open elective. In addition, PT 583/584 Foundations of Ministry I/II will replace PT 581/582.

BIBLE0%

HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Format, Delivery Method, & Unique Features

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 two locations (Laramie, WY and Bryan, TX). 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 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 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!

No time is better than the present to apply!