Master of Theological Studies

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A Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is a graduate degree which gives students training in theological studies.[1] Under Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) standards, programs require graduates to a have earned an accredited bachelor's degree or its equivalent.[1] Programs must require students to complete at least two years of full-time study or its equivalent to earn the degree.[1] The degree can serve as preparation for entering a doctoral program in theology, religion, or a related subject. While its goal is not to prepare the student for ordination,[1] many who earn the M.T.S. are ultimately ordained and work in the local church context.[citation needed] The M.T.S requires the completion of a summative evaluation, which could be a thesis or other project.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Standards of Accreditation (Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada): 122–123 |url= missing title (help).  |chapter= ignored (help)