Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies degree program provides a basic understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The specific nomenclature for this degree program, which is governed by the same standards, has been chosen according to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s specific purpose in offering the program and it reflects the needs and interests of the students enrolled, students who are seeking a degree with a theological core.

Students graduating with the Master of Theological Studies degree will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate increased biblical and theological knowledge
  2. Interpret and apply Scripture more effectively using appropriate hermeneutical principles
  3. Formulate maturing theological convictions based on Scripture, with due notice of their prior historical development
  4. Initiate and maintain a practice of classical spiritual disciplines
  5. Develop a Great Commission perspective that finds expression in evangelism, missions, and commitment to local church ministry.

MTS Standard Course List (45hrs)

  • BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
  • BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
  • BS2310 New Testament Survey I
  • BS2311 New Testament Survey II
  • BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • CE8301 Church Administration
  • HT3100 History of Christianity I
  • HT3101 History of Christianity II
  • HT3200 Theology I
  • HT3201 Theology II
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
  • HT3400 Christian Ethics
  • MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
  • MN5468 Leadership Practicum
  • MS7011 Missiology

Emphases

MTS, Christian Counseling

45 Credit Hours

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Intro to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
HT5060 Evangelism and Discipleship

COUNSELING EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

CO5501 Counseling Theories
CO5522 Marriage and Family Counseling
CO5526 Diag. & Treat. of Addiction Disorders
CO5532 The Helping Relationship

MTS, Church Planting

45 Credit Hours

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Intro to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MS7011 Missiology

CHURCH PLANTING EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

MS7660 Church Planting Leadership Practicum
MS7662 Community Research & Exegesis Practicum
MS7664 Outreach Strategy and Methods Practicum
MS7665 Church Planting Logistics: Financial & Legal Practicum

MTS, Church Revitalization

45 Credit Hours

Foundational Core (33 hours)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MS7011 Missiology

CHURCH REVITALIZATION EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

MS7030 Biblical Foundation for Church Renewal Practicum
MS7031 Congregational & Community Exegesis
MS7032 Church Renewal Practicum
MS7033 Revitalization Leadership Practicum

MTS, Leadership

45 Credit Hours

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Intro to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MS7011 Missiology

LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

MN5481 Personal Leadership Development Practicum
MN5482 Organizational Theory & Management Practicum
MN5483 Leading & Managing Change Practicum
MN5484 Leadership Team Development Practicum

MTS, Discipleship Ministries

45 Credit Hours
The Master of Theological (MTS) degree, Discipleship emphasis, prepares men and women to mobilize people to follow God’s call on their lives to use their God-given spiritual gifts and abilities as they pursue their passions in His name.

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
MN5060 Evangelism and Discipleship
MS7011 Missiology
CE8301 Church Administration

DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

CE8110 Principles of Teaching I
CE8111 Principles of Teaching II
CE8306 Principles of Leadership
CE8411 Age Group Ministry

MTS, Missions

45 Credit Hours
Considering placement with the IMB? Click here for more information.

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Intro to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MS7011 Missiology

MISSIONS EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

MN5001 Personal Discipleship Practicum
MS7205 Introduction to Orality and Oral Cultures
MS7207 Missionary Anthropology Practicum
MS7221 Cross-Cultural Church Planting Practicum

MTS, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

45 Credit Hours

Foundational core (33 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Intro to Hermeneutics
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MS7011 Missiology

PREACHING AND PASTORAL MINISTRY EMPHASIS (12 HOURS)

MN5065 Church Evangelism/Discipleship Practicum
MN5161 Preaching Practicum I: Sermon Prep.
MN5162 Preaching Practicum II: Sermon Delivery
MN5463 Pastoral Ministry/Leadership Practicum

MTS, Women's Ministry

45 Credit Hours
Degree Type: MTS offered through the Midwestern Training Network

Purpose: The Master of Theological (MTS) degree, Women's Ministry emphasis, provides the theological and practical foundations for women seeking to follow God's call on their lives using their God-given spiritual gifts and abilities in and through the church.

MTS Degree Outcomes
Students graduating with the Master of Theological Studies degree will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate increased biblical and theological knowledge
  2. Interpret and apply Scripture more effectively using appropriate hermeneutical principles
  3. Formulate maturing theological convictions based on Scripture, with due notice of their prior historical development
  4. Initiate and maintain a practice of classical spiritual disciplines
  5. Develop a Great Commission perspective that finds expression in evangelism, missions, and commitment to local church ministry.

Foundational Core (33 Hours)*
2210 Old Testament Survey I
2211 Old Testament Survey II
2310 New Testament Survey I
2311 New Testament Survey II
2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
3110 Baptist History
3200 Theology I
3201 Theology II
5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
8411 Age Group Ministry
7011 Missiology

Women’s Ministry Emphasis 12 hrs
5901 Biblical Womanhood Practicum
5910 Women’s Ministry Internship
5902 Women’s Evangelism and Missions Practicum
5903 Women’s Discipleship Practicum

Total Credit hours 45 hrs

*Foundational Core may be taken online, on-campus or through an approved extension