Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program is designed for students who are hungry for a deeper biblical and theological understanding. While the Master of Divinity and Master of Practical Theology programs prepare students for a variety of vocational ministry roles, the Master of Theological Studies program is entirely devoted to biblical studies with a unique focus on spiritual formation. Whether you have years of ministry experience as a pastor or church leader and believe deeper theological study would enhance your ministry, or you find yourself on a journey towards doctoral work, then the Master of Theological Studies degree is designed for you. You can earn your Master of Theological Studies online or on-ground (Southlake).

Program Objectives

  • Model to students how to fulfill their teaching vocation with spiritual vibrancy, academic excellence, and charity.
  • Cultivate a worshipful supportive community of learning marked by critical and charitable engagement.
  • Provide students with the knowledge, research, writing, and critical thinking skills necessary for successful pursuit of a doctoral degree in theological studies.
  • Equip students for effective and meaningful teaching and writing in a variety of ministry contexts.
  • Contribute to bridge-building between the church and the scholarly community by offering Renewalist theological insight from a post-supersessionist perspective to the global church.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Engage in critical, charitable, and constructive dialog in theological studies informed by appropriate research.
  • Serve the academy and the church through informed and refined teaching and writing.
  •  Engage with cultural issues from a faithful, creative, and generous posture in order to contribute to the health and mission of the church.
  • Articulate responses to human and social questions from theological and biblical foundation steeped in the Renewalist movement and post-supersessionist perspective.
  • Demonstrate readiness for doctoral studies in theological studies.

Master of Theological Studies

Total Hours 49
  • 12
  • 15
  • 6
  • 4
  • 6
  • 6
  • Biblical Studies 12 Hours
    • BIBL 5301 Old Testament Introduction 3
    • BIBL 5302 New Testament Introduction 3
    • BIBL 6302 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
    • BIBL 6308 Life of Jesus in Historical Context 3
  • Theological/Historical Studies 15 Hours
    • BIBD 6301 Christian Theology I 3
    • BIBD 6302 Christian Theology II 3
    • BIBH 5302 Christian History and Renewal I 3
    • BIBH 5303 Christian History and Renewal II 3
    • BIBD 6303 Christian Unity: Contemporary Issues 3
  • Biblical Language 6 Hours
    • BGRK 6301 Greek I
    • -OR- 3
    • BHEB 5301 Hebrew I
    • BGRK 6302 Greek II
    • -OR- 3
    • BHEB 5302 Hebrew II
  • Spiritual Formation 4 Hours
    • BIBM 5110 Spiritual Formation I: Introduction to Theology and Practice 1
    • Choose three hours from these options: 3
    • BIBM 5111 Spiritual Formation II: Practices of Formation in Group
    • BIBM 6110 Spiritual Formation III: Practices of Formation in Group
    • BIBM 6111 Spiritual Formation IV: Practices of Formation in Group
    • BIBM 6112 Spiritual Formation in Groups
  • Special Studies Electives 6 Hours
    • Special Studies Elective 3
    • Special Studies Elective 3
  • Master's Thesis and Research 6 Hours
    • BIBD 6327 Theological Research 3
    • BIBD 6328 Master's Thesis 3