Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

What Is a Master of Theological Studies Degree?

If you have ever hoped to study the Christian faith more deeply, this is your invitation to step into an immersive Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program exploring the Old and New Testaments, Greek and Hebrew languages, Christian theology, and apologetics.

What Can I Do with an MTS Degree?

An MTS can enhance your work in Christ’s kingdom. From pastors to nonprofit leaders to missionaries, your ministry will be deepened and strengthened through the foundational work of an MTS degree. Some students go on to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Theology (ThM) program after completing their MTS degree.

Our Master of Theological Studies Program

Why complete your MTS at Grace Bible Reformed University?

Here, you are empowered to: Pursue your love of theology through a focused and reputable master’s degree Further your ministry with an extensive background in biblical and Christian studies, from an engaging Reformed perspective.

There are two ways to study Greek and Hebrew at GBRU.

Students can take two 3-credit courses (Fall & Spring semesters), memorizing grammar and vocabulary, with the goal of being able to translate text with a low level of help from resources. Another option is to take one 3-credit course, where students learn to translate text with the help of a digital tool to help them with grammar and vocabulary.

MTS Degree Courses & Credit Hours.

The MTS program encompasses 55 credits and takes two to three years to complete. Core Courses: 30 credits Additional Core Options: 6 credits (chosen from the options below) Elective Courses: 19 credits On Campus & Online Residential students can complete their studies in two years at the GBRU campus. They will be able to attend weekly chapels, participate in club activities, and interact with peers daily. Our three-year distance learning options maintain the same high quality of education as our residential program. Taking approximately three courses per semester, distance learning students may a) engage in a hybrid model of learning, completing much of their work online and traveling to campus twice a year for five-day intensives, or b) work fully online toward their degree.

Reformed Tradition.

Grace Bible Reformed University is rooted in Reformed theology and welcoming to students of all Christian backgrounds. Here you will learn about the Reformers and how they shaped the church. If you are Reformed, please join us. If you are not Reformed, please join us. The church is stronger together.

Vocational Formation & Contextual Learning

MTS students are invited to use the resources of the Vocational Formation Office—from church and ministry connections to spiritual and vocational tools for growth and assessment.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE AN MTS DEGREE?

The 55-credit MTS program takes two years for residential students and three years for hybrid distance students to complete.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The MTS is designed to prepare you for further academic study and careers that are enriched by a strong theological education.

How to Apply

The MTS application process helps the seminary to learn more about you and your goals for the program. We accept applications year-round and would love to see yours today. The seminary’s faithful community of supporters ensures that tuition reduction is available for all our students. Many also receive scholarship support to make their seminary goals a reality.

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Application Requirements

MTS Degree Requirements

Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers

International Student Requirements

Admission Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but international students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to coordinate all necessary forms.

The following are typical application deadline guidelines:

Fall Term July 1:

North American Applicant Deadline June 1

International Student Deadline March 1:

Apply for this date to be considered for the first round of scholarship awarding. Note: If you miss this date, it does not necessarily mean you will not receive a scholarship, but you may miss the first round of awarding.

Spring Term November 15

Summer Term April 1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Master of Theological Studies vs. Master of Theology:

What is the Difference

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) offers foundational study in theology through an extensive 2–3-year program. Once you have completed your MTS degree, you are eligible to pursue the next-level Master of Theology (ThM) program.

What Can You Do with a Master of Theological Studies Degree?

You can serve in a ministry or church setting, or another vocation of your choice. You are also eligible for further study such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Theology (ThM).