The Master of Theological Studies Program (M.T.S.) is a basic academic graduate program designed to assist students in developing an understanding of theology for advanced graduate studies and for their personal and professional lives. The program will introduce students to the main areas of theological study as well as provide the opportunity for some in depth study in one area. The program of itself is not intended for professional preparation for lay or ordained ministry.
Students who complete this program shall:
- Have attained a survey knowledge in the following major areas—foundational theology, sacred scripture, systematic theology, and moral/spiritual theology.
- Have demonstrated a focused knowledge in one of the areas of specialization mentioned in #1.
- Be able to do specialized research at a graduate level and be able to integrate different areas of study into a personal theological synthesis.
- Have demonstrated their research capabilities by having written a graduate level research paper.
- Have demonstrated a general knowledge of the four areas mentioned in #1 as well as a specialized knowledge of one of those areas that will facilitate future post-graduate work in those areas.
Applicants for the M.T.S. program must possess a previous undergraduate university degree, with a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. A student’s previous university work should include 12 credits in philosophy. Deficiencies in this area must be rectified either prior to admission or acquired in the program before preparing for the research proposal and writing of the research paper. The philosophy credits cannot be counted towards M.T.S. elective credits. Applicants are encouraged to attain a reading proficiency in a classical language, if further study in their area of concentration would demand it. At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.
This program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. See International Student Admissions for DLI number.
Procedure for Admission
Complete an Application Form and submit with payment of $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00);
Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended. An official transcript is one that has been received by the Registrar’s Office directly from the issuing educational authority. No photocopies allowed.
Personal autobiography and curriculum vitae*. Autobiography should include research interests and area of specialization.
Two letters of recommendation* from persons qualified to judge the character and intellectual ability of the applicant. Letters must be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office.
Application Deadlines: Refer to the Academic Schedule.
* Guidelines available from the Office of the Registrar.
Transcripts or references issued directly to the student or photocopies will not be accepted. When the Registrar’s Office has received all required documents, the applicant’s file will be brought forward to the Admissions & Evaluation Committee for consideration.
The M.T.S. is awarded upon the completion of the following requirements:
- 9 core course credits Foundational Theology;
- 9 core course credits Sacred Scripture, including BST 400*;
- 9 core course credits Systematic Theology, including STD 400* and STD 450*;
- 9 core course credits Moral/Spiritual Theology, including STP 400* and STP 461*;
- 9 elective course credits in the area of specialization;
- 3 general elective course credits;
- Bibliographical study and research proposal;
- Research paper of 40-50 pages in the area of specialization, excluding bibliography.
*BST 400 Introduction Sacred Scripture and Their Interpretation, STD 400 Introduction to Theology, STD 450 Christology, STP 400 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and STP 461 Introduction to Moral Theology must be taken in the first year of the M.T.S. program.
A GPA of 3.00 or better must be maintained throughout the program. The program must be completed within five years from the date of initial registration. In extenuating circumstances the Academic Dean may grant an extension for this time limit.
M.T.S. lay students are strongly encouraged to participate in THEO 020 Lay Formation.
*Must be taken in the first year of the M.T.S. program.
Three courses are to be selected from each of the following areas:
FTH 400 Early Church History
FTH 402 Christianity and World Religions
FTH 410 Medieval Church History
FTH 411 Modern Church History
BST 400* Introduction to Sacred Scripture and Their Interpretation
Plus 2 of:
BST 421 Matthew and Mark
BST 422 Luke-Acts
BST 423 Pauline Literature
BST 424 Johannine Literature
STD 400* Introduction to Theology
STD 450* Christology
Plus One of:
STD 401 The Theology of Revelation
STD 440 Liturgical Theology
STD 442 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation
STD 451 Theology of God
STD 452 Theological Anthropology
STD 453 Ecclesiology
Moral and Spiritual Theology
STP 400* Introduction to Pastoral Theology
STP 461* Introduction to Moral Theology
Plus 1 of:
STP 462 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
STP 463 Theology of Ministry
STP 471 The Social Teaching of the Church
The following courses are suitable electives in the
MORAL & SPIRITUAL area of specialization:
STP 569 Classic Christian Spiritualities
STP 574 The Concept of Christian Faith
STP 575 Spiritual Direction
STP 576 Bioethics: Moral Issues from the Life Sciences
STP 578 Married Love and Sexuality in the Christian Tradition
STP 579 Contemporary Spiritualities
STP 663 Contemporary Christian Ethics
12 elective credits (excluding pastoral theology courses) of which 9 credits must be taken from the area of specialization.
M.T.S. 805 Bibliographical Study and Research Paper Outline
M.T.S. 900 Research Paper of 40-50 Pages, excluding Bibliography, in the area of specialization.
For details on M.T.S. research paper, refer to the Master of Theological Studies Program: A Guide for Students and Professors, available from the Registrar’s Office.
A student may transfer a maximum of 24 of the 48 required course credits towards the M.T.S. from other recognized educational institutions. Such credits must not be part of a previous degree program. The transfer of credits is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluations Committee.