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

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.


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.


Required Courses for MTS Credit Hours
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Old Testament I 3
Old Testament II 3
Old Testament III 3
New Testament I 3
New Testament II 3
New Testament III 3
Church History I 3
Church History II 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Systematic Theology II 3
Systematic Theology III 3
Summative Evaluation 0
  36 hours

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