Trinity Lutheran Seminary /
Master of Theological Studies
The Master of Theological Studies degree prepares individuals for a wide variety of career options, including teaching and leadership roles in lay ministry, spiritual formation, and advocacy and community organizing.
Students may concentrate in African American Studies, Biblical Studies, Church in the World, History of Christianity, Congregational Ministry, Systematic Theology and Ethics, or General Theological Studies.
For the degree, 58 semester hours of coursework are required, with 23-27 dedicated to core and option courses, 15-18 hours in the student’s concentration, and 13-20 hours of electives. The degree is typically completed in two years.
The Master of Theological Studies degree requires a two-part extended essay (2 semester hours total). With the approval of faculty, a student may choose to complete a thesis (4 semester hours total). Additionally, joint degree programs are available, including a Master of Theological Studies/Juris Doctorate (M.T.S./J.D) and a Master of Theological Studies/Master of Science in Nursing (M.T.S./M.S.N.)
Choose one HTS or MN course from the World Religions/Interreligious Relations or Church in the World electives.
Choose 4-6 hours of coursework from the Ministry Division (MN).
Complete an additional six credits from each of the following: Biblical Literature (BL), Ministry Division (MN), and History-Theology-Society Division (HTS).
Students must complete the following courses in place of HTS 1021 - Themes in Church History. Also, they must take 12 additional credit hours in the Biblical Literature (BL), Ministry Division (MN), and History-Theology-Society Division (HTS).
Please contact the Associate Dean for Academics for course planning.
For the sake of the mission of the church, graduates of the Master of Theological Studies degree program should be able to: