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 students looking for an entry-level master’s degree that provides a strong foundation in the Bible and theology; it also prepares them to serve more effectively wherever God has called them, whether in the local church or in their place of employment. Additionally, the MTS degree appeals to students who may consider more advanced degree work, and it counts towards 45% of the MDiv should a student decide to continue their studies.
AVG. YEARS TO COMPLETE IN BRYAN, TX
AVG. YEARS TO COMPLETE IN CARY, NC & LARAMIE, WY
|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|
|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 for Men/Women||2|
|Total MTS Credits||42|
*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.
HISTORY + THEOLOGY0%
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%
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!