Master of Theological Studies – Catalog 2014-15

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The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is an academic degree focused on a specific theological discipline or a concentration within a general theological discipline. This degree is designed for those who desire to continue beyond the MTS into further graduate study or who desire a focused area of learning at the graduate level.

 HGST offers four concentrations in the MTS degree: (1) biblical studies, (2) theological studies, (3) Christian spirituality, or (4) missional theology. The final project for the MTS degree is the presentation of a student portfolio and summative paper in the area of concentration as part of an interdisciplinary capstone course that includes an entire cohort of MTS students during the final semester. The person who completes the MTS degree program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a selected theological discipline or concentration
  • Analyze and relate the major concerns of one‘s selected theological discipline or concentration within the context of the broader theological disciplines
  • Incorporate critical and theological thinking into research and writing

In addition to the overall MTS degree program outcomes, the person who completes the Biblical Studies Concentration will be able to:

  • Exhibit exegetical skills through competency in biblical languages
  • Demonstrate competency through use of academic hermeneutical tools
  • Exhibit skills in preparation for doctoral studies in theology or religion

In addition to the overall MTS degree program outcomes, the person who completes the Theological Studies Concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency through use of academic hermeneutical tools
  • Exhibit skills in preparation for doctoral studies in theology or religion

In addition to the overall MTS degree program outcomes, the person who completes the Christian Spirituality Concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency through use of academic hermeneutical tools
  • Exhibit skills in preparation for doctoral studies in theology, religion, or spirituality
  • Integrate biblical and theological disciplines into the study of Christian spirituality

In addition to the overall MTS degree program outcomes, the person who completes the Missional Theology Concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency through use of academic hermeneutical tools
  • Exhibit skills in preparation for doctoral studies in theology, religion, or leadership
  • Integrate biblical and theological disciplines into the study of missional theology

Graduation Requirements – The MTS degree will be awarded upon the recommendation of the faculty to persons who have completed a comprehensive and integrated program of study including the specific requirements outlined in one of the degree plans below. Candidates for graduation must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and a grade of C- or better on every course counting toward the completion of the degree. Course remediation and/or additional credit hours may be necessary in cases where a student’s cumulative GPA falls below the requirement for graduation.

 No more than two-thirds of the MTS degree may be granted on the basis of transfer credits. All transfer credits are subject to evaluation by the Academic Office as to applicability toward MTS degree credit. Transfer credit must be from Master of Theology or equivalent-level Master’s degree programs from schools accredited by a CHEA-approved accrediting agency. Transfer credits must carry a grade of B or higher. The MTS degree must be completed within four calendar years from the date of first enrollment. Exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer. Ordinarily, the last full year of work toward the MAC degree must be completed in residence at HGST. Exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer.

MTS degree plan – Biblical Studies Concentration

MTS Core Course Requirements (21 hours)
Research Methods and Writing RE 500 3
Introduction to the Old Testament OT 501 4
Introduction to the New Testament NT 501 4
Introduction to Christian Theology TH 501          4
History of Christianity 1 CH 510 3
History of Christianity 2            CH 511 3
General Concentration Requirements (22 hours)
Elementary Language course BH 551 or GR 551   3
Intermediate Language course BH 552 or GR 552    3
Biblical Hermeneutics                                       BI 510  3
Biblical Studies elective   3
Biblical Studies elective   3
Exegesis course or additional language course   3
Exegesis course or additional language course   3
Interdisciplinary Capstone ID 701 1
Focused Electives (9 hours)
Focused Elective course   3
Focused Elective course   3
Focused Elective course   3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 52

 

MTS degree plan – Theological Studies Concentration

MTS Core Course Requirements (21 hours)
Research Methods and Writing RE 500 3
Introduction to the Old Testament OT 501 4
Introduction to the New Testament NT 501 4
Introduction to Christian Theology TH 501         4
History of Christianity 1 CH 510          3
History of Christianity 2                                   CH 511                             3
General Concentration Requirements (22 hours)
Elementary Language course BH 551 or GR 551  3
Intermediate Language course BH 552 or GR 552  3
Philosophy of Religion or Biblical Hermeneutics PH 510 or BI 510         3
Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality CS/TS 650 3
History of Christian Doctrine TS 520       3
Church History elective (600-700 level) or CS 664 ___ ______ 3
Theology elective (600-700 level) TH_______ or TS_______ 3
Interdisciplinary Capstone ID 701 1
Focused Electives (9 hours)
Focused Elective course   3
Focused Elective course   3
Focused Elective course   3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 52

 

MTS degree plan – Christian Spirituality Concentration

MTS Core Course Requirements (24 hours)
Research Methods and Writing RE 500 3
Introduction to the Old Testament OT 501 4
Introduction to the New Testament NT 501 4
Introduction to Christian Theology TH 501  4
The History of Christianity I CH 510  3
The History of Christianity II CH 511 3
Biblical Hermeneutics BI 510 3
Concentration Requirements (17 hours)
Introduction to Christian Spirituality CS 501 4
Spiritual Disciplines and Practices CS 510 3
Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality CS 650                             3
History of Christian Spirituality CS 664      3
Christian Devotional Classics CS 665 3
Interdisciplinary Capstone ID 701 1
Focused Electives (9 hours)
TH or TS elective   3
OT/NT elective or GR 551 Elementary NT Greek   3
OT/NT elective or GR 552 Intermediate NT Greek   3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 50

 

MTS degree plan – Missional Theology Concentration

MTS Core Course Requirements (28 hours)
Research Methods and Writing RE 500 3
Introduction to the Old Testament OT 501 4
Introduction to the New Testament NT 501 4
Introduction to Christian Theology TH 501  4
Introduction to Christian Spirituality CS 501 4
History of Christianity 1 CH 510  3
History of Christianity 2                    CH 511      3
Biblical Hermeneutics BI 510 3
General Concentration Requirements (13 hours)
Introduction to Missional Church Movement TS 510 3
The Bible in Missional Perspective BI 540                   3
Missional Theology TS 630                   3
Culture and Context PL 620                             3
Interdisciplinary Capstone ID 701 1
Focused Electives (9 hours)
CH, TH, or TS elective   3
OT/NT/BI/TH/TS elective or GR 551 Elementary NT Greek   3
OT/NT/BI/TH/TS elective or GR 552 Intermediate NT Greek   3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 50

  

 

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