Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is the shortest fully online master’s degree in a Southern Baptist seminary. This 36-hour degree combines rigorous academics from a world-class faculty with the accessibility and affordability demanded by our ever-changing world.

Unique Features:

30% Discount for Church Staff Members

If you serve on staff at a local church for at least 20 hours per week, we will waive the internet registration fee ($270 per course) for all classes, which is approximately 30% off the regular cost of tuition and fees. In order to receive the discount, students must complete and submit the eligibility application form located here.

Locked-In Price with Monthly Installments

Local church staff members can also lock in their tuition price. So if you applied right now, you could lock in your full degree at the present tuition rate and then pay in 24 consecutive monthly installments, but complete your required courses for your degree over the next three years.

Spanish Track

Beginning Fall 2013, we will offer online classes in Spanish with a goal toward a completely online Spanish Master of Theological Studies degree in the future. Additionally, we have an introductory offer of just $100 per class for the Spanish program.

MTS in Cross-Cultural Missions

The MTS with a concentration in cross-cultural missions (MTS + Missions) provides a fusion of theological training and practical missions experience. This 45-hour degree exists to train missionaries as they serve on the field and is especially adapted to meet the needs of the International Mission Board’s Macedonia Project. The MTS with a concentration in cross-cultural missions will replace Christian apologetics and Bible and moral issues courses with ones in world religions and cross-cultural ethics. It will also add a concentration with nine hours of study in missiology, cross-cultural church planting and evangelism. For a suggested two-year study plan, click here


Required Courses for MTS Credit Hours
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Basic Old Testament I 3
Basic Old Testament II 3
Basic New Testament I 3
Basic New Testament II 3
Church History I 3
Church History II 3
Baptist Heritage 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Systematic Theology II 3
Christian Apologetics 3
Bible and Moral Issues 3
  36 hours

Two-year Study Plans for the MTS.

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