Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Overview

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is an academic degree focused on a specific theological discipline or concentration within a general theological discipline. HGST offers 4 concentrations in the MTS degree: biblical studies, theological studies, missional theology, and Christian spirituality. 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.  The degree requires 50-52 credit hours.

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.


Students must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Degree Plan: Concentration in Missional Theology

Core Course Requirements

RE 500: Research, Writing, & Theological Learning 3 hours  
OT 501: Introduction to the Old Testament 4 hours  
NT 501: Introduction to the New Testament 4 hours  
TH 501: Introduction to Christian Theology 4 hours  
CS 501: Introduction to Christian Spirituality 4 hours  
CH 510: History of Christianity I 3 hours  
CH 511: History of Christianity II 3 hours  

General Concentration Requirements
PL/BI 540: The Bible in Missional Perspective 3 hours
PL 550: Transformation Leadership 3 hours
TS 610: Missional Theology 3 hours
PL 620: Culture and Context 3 hours
CS/PL 640: Congregations as Systems 3 hours
ID 701: Interdisciplinary Capstone 1 hour

Focused Concentration Requirements
Three Elective Courses from the Following Areas: 9 hours
  Biblical Interpretation (BI)
  Biblical Hebrew (BH)
  Christian Spirituality (CS)
  New Testament Greek (GR)
  New Testament (NT)
  Old Testament (OT)
  Philosophy & Ethics (PH)
  Systematic Theology (TH)
  Theological Studies (TS)
Total: 50 Hours

Students wishing to receive the Certificate in Missional Leadership must complete the PL 780 Missional Ministry Practicum. For additional information, click here.