The M.T.S. at PTS

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers a hybrid Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree where our customizable curriculum engages scriptural study and features theological research courses. Students focus their studies on one or more theological disciplines to prepare for future graduate study, Christian education careers, or general education purposes. To further customize their seminary degree, a Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry can be incorporated into the curriculum. At the end of the theological studies program, each student completes a final project that deeply explores a chosen area of concentration. 

Master of Theological Studies
The M.T.S. degree program provides maximum flexibility to define a customized course of study as the basis for further study or general enrichment.

“Rather than trying to give us answers, my professors have invited us along on a journey.”

Karris Jackson, Student

Our Master of Theological Studies program offers two tracks: General or Focused. Within the Focused Track, students can specialize in Scripture and Its Interpretation or Christian Theology and Traditions. At Pittsburgh Seminary, our M.T.S. degree is designed to be both academically rigorous and flexible by offering significant electives throughout the theology curriculum. Students in the M.T.S. program can select the courses that will best benefit their theological research. Additionally, courses are offered in a hybrid format, so classes meet synchronously online and in person twice per semester.

MTS advisor and student in courtyard


  • Our Theological Studies hybrid program can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available. Aligning with our commitment to affordable and flexible seminary education, merit scholarships and need-based financial aid are available.
  • Stay in your context while learning in our neighborhood.
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary features the largest theological library in the tri-state area and a low student-to-faculty ratio; both serve as ideal resources to nurture theological research skills in our MTS courses. 
  • Our seminary students have the opportunity to cross-register with local colleges and universities for individual courses or even earn a joint law degree through Duquesne University or a joint social work degree through the University of Pittsburgh.


M.T.S. graduates often choose to become:

  • College or seminary professors
  • Pastors
  • Religion teachers
  • Journalists
  • Missionaries
  • Doctoral program students
  • 48 Credit Hours
  • 2Years
  • 16Courses

M.T.S. Requirements

  • Contextual Analysis
  • M.T.S. Research Seminar 
  • M.T.S. Final Project

The final project and the elective courses allow students to specialize their theological research in a chosen focus area, which can be interdisciplinary. 

Sample focus areas include:

  • Practical Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • American Religious History
  • History of Christian Mission
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Ecumenical Studies
  • Theological Ethics
  • Christian Leadership
  • Church History
  • The Bible and Urban Ministry
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Historical Theology
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Theology and Education
  • Missional Theology
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Systematic Theology
  • Reformation Studies   


At Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Master of Theological Studies degree equips students to engage with biblical texts in context and perform theological research. Our flexible coursework empowers seminary students to delve into the theological questions and traditions that interest them most. This academic Master of Theological Studies degree is comparable to the master of arts in theological studies or master of arts in religion offered at other institutions. And because it's a hybrid degree program, you will learn from your context and ours.

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