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.
The Master of Theological Studies provides basic theological education in Bible, History and Theology. The 36-hour degree can be completed entirely online. A summative evaluation will occur at the end of the program.
The MTS is also available completely in Spanish. Learn more here.
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.
|Required Courses for MTS||Credit Hours|
|Old Testament I||3|
|Old Testament II||3|
|New Testament I||3|
|New Testament II||3|
|Church History I||3|
|Church History II||3|
|Systematic Theology I||3|
|Systematic Theology II||3|
|Systematic Theology III||3|
|Christian Apologetics or
Bible and Moral Issues
Frequently Asked Questions
To serve local churches.
Southwestern exists to serve local churches, and we want to support their eternal impact. While some church staff, for a variety of reasons, will never relocate to a seminary campus, any level of equipping we can offer will positively impact their efforts. The new online MTS serves the church through a rigorously academic, conveniently accessible, and surprisingly affordable online education.
To serve students.
Research shows that most students never finish lengthy, online degree programs. Many choose online degrees over moving to campus for significant reasons such as family obligations, ministry assignments or current jobs that provide for the family. The reasons they do not relocate end up being the same reasons they do not finish a lengthy online degree. A 90-hour online degree can turn into a decade-long project that is necessarily abandoned when the kids or ministry take priority. By just taking two classes per semester, you can complete a 36-hour degree in three years.
Our MTS serves the student by providing an achievable goal packed with quality education. We kept the MTS short by including only the essentials. A short degree is achievable and beneficial for Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, fathers who want to lead their family well, or any committed follower of Christ.
No. The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a standard master’s degree. The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is an advanced degree designed to prepare you for the Ph.D. program and requires an M.Div. to enroll.
The only pre-requisite is an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
Fill out our online application or contact the Office of Admissions by email or by phone (1-800-SWBTS-01).
Yes. Contact the Registrar’s Office to see which hours will transfer.
Absolutely. Contact our Office of Admissions by email or by phone (1-800-SWBTS-01) to discuss the process.
See our Tuition and Fees.
See our course lists. (Note: In the drop-down menu, select “Graduate Courses” as the course type with “Online Courses” in the location field.)