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.

Spanish Track

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
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Old Testament I 3
Old Testament II 3
New Testament I 3
New Testament II 3
Church History I 3
Church History II 3
Baptist Heritage 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Systematic Theology II 3
Systematic Theology III 3
Christian Apologetics or
Bible and Moral Issues
Summative Evaluation 0
  36 hours

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