Houston Graduate School of Theology

Masters of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 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 three concentrations in the MTS degree: Biblical Studies, Christian Spirituality, and Theological Studies. 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 degree requires 41 credit hours.

Biblical Studies Concentration

MTS-Biblical Studies Required Courses – 15 credit hours: 

  • Biblical Hermeneutics

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Christian Canon: Old Testament

  • Christian Canon: New Testament

  • Christian Theology

Concentration Electives* – 12 credit hours
(*Selected from Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Interpretation, Greek, New Testament, and Old Testament courses)

Biblical Languages – 12 credit hours

MTS Capstone – 2 credit hours

Total MTS-Biblical Studies degree program – 41 credit hours

Christian Spirituality Concentration

MTS-Christian Spirituality Required Courses – 21 credit hours:

  • Biblical Hermeneutics

  • The Christian Story I

  • The Christian Story II

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Christian Canon: Old Testament

  • Christian Canon: New Testament

  • Christian Theology

Concentration Electives* – 12 credit hours
(*Selected from Christian Spirituality courses)

Biblical Languages – 6 credit hours

MTS Capstone – 2 credit hours

Total MTS-Christian Spirituality degree program – 41 credit hours

Theological Studies Concentration

MTS-Theological Studies Required Courses – 21 credit hours:

  • Biblical Hermeneutics

  • The Christian Story I

  • The Christian Story II

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Christian Canon: Old Testament

  • Christian Canon: New Testament

  • Christian Theology

Concentration Electives* – 12 credit hours
(*Selected from Church History, Christian Spirituality, Philosophy and Ethics, Systematic Theology, and Theological Studies courses)

Biblical Languages – 6 credit hours

MTS Capstone – 2 credit hours

Total MTS-Theological Studies degree program – 41 credit hours