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“The M.T.S. is helping me draw on the 2,000 years of Catholic Church history and apply it to ministering to a 21st century community. Theology is faith seeking understanding. You already have faith; now you find the understanding.”
- Michelle Stone, MTS ‘15
The master's degree and graduate certificate in theological studies are designed to equip you for the pastoral application of theological knowledge and can be completed fully online or on campus.
To meet the diverse needs of our church and our students, the M.T.S. offers a concentration in Biblical Theology which requires a specific set of electives. Students can also choose to complete the degree without a designated concentration, using their elective courses to study any theological or ministerial area of interest.
Master of Theological Studies students combine the ministry core curriculum (21 credit hours) with elective courses and concentration requirements (15 credit hours) to complete 36 total credit hours of course work.
Students may choose the additional five electives to complete their MTS degree. Upon approval by a faculty advisor, students may complete courses offered by the College of Business or the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts . Course selection can depend on the student's interests and goals for the program.
Some suggested elective courses include:
Beginning Fall 2022, the traditional Annotated Bibliography of texts related to the core curriculum of the ministerial graduate programs of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts will not be offered. The exception is a selected number of students who are required to take the course for their degree requirement.
This concentration combines foundational theology courses with an intellectually rigorous approach to scripture. The degree requires 36 credit hours of course work, broken down in the following way:
While many other options are available for the four elective Scripture courses (12 credit hours), at least one must be an Old Testament course and one must be a New Testament course. Here are a few elective courses which qualify:
The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts ministerial graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and in accordance with the USCCB's standards for certification and accreditation.
The University of Dallas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees.
The ministerial graduate programs, in content and form, are designed to ensure that successful students will be prepared to enter the ministerial workforce having met the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation, and the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.
The master's in pastoral ministry - youth ministry program is specifically designed to educate leaders based on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' pastoral plan, "Renewing the Vision - A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry." It also correlates with the national competency-based standards for certification as developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in conjunction with the USCCB.
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