Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program attracts those for whom the academic study of theology is itself a fulfilling—even spiritual—exercise. An MTS student might be preparing for doctoral studies and an academic vocation, for service to a congregation, for deacons orders, or for work in a nonprofit setting. We know there is no “typical” MTS student. Luckily, with the academic resources of Boston University School of Theology, no matter what theological discipline interests you, it can be studied here. Our outstanding faculty set demanding academic standards, and offer opportunities for interdisciplinary study through the wider University and the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium.

The MTS degree is completed over two years of full-time study. Its curriculum begins with core coursework in theology, history, and biblical studies, along with a contextual education experience to help students learn beyond the classroom. Once the core is completed, students can choose to take the flexible “open format” route, in which they take courses that fit their interests from any discipline. Or MTS students can opt to declare a specialization in a particular field. The specialization still leaves plenty of free electives, but it provides a more robust focus in a particular field of study. In addition, the MTS can be taken as part of a dual degree with social work (MTS/MSW) or with education (MTS/MAT).

Please see the full description of the degree program in the STH Bulletin, which also contains admissions and financial information.

The School of Theology offers the following variations of the MTS degree program:

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