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 Theological Studies

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  
CH 510: History of Christianity I 3 hours  
CH 511: History of Christianity II 3 hours  
General Concentration Requirements
BH 551 or GR 551: Elementary Hebrew or Greek 3 hours
BH 552 or GR 552: Intermediate Hebrew or Greek 3 hours
BI 510: Biblical Hermeneutics or 3 hours
PH 510: Philosophy of Religion  
CS/TS 650: Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality 3 hours
TS 520: History of Christian Doctrine 3 hours
Church History Elective (CH only) 3 hours
Theology Elective (TH only) 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: 52 Hours