With flexibility to tailor the course of study, the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is an academic program that provides a focused understanding of one or more theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general education purposes. At the end of the program, each student completes a final project that explores more deeply a chosen area of concentration. Students in the MTS degree program can also earn their Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry.

The MTS degree program provides maximum flexibility to define a customized course of study as the basis for further study or for general enrichment.

About the Master of Theological Studies Program

  • With the largest theological library in the tri-state area and a low student-to-faculty ratio that enables close interaction with dedicated scholars and teachers, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers unmatched resources for students to research and explore on their journey to a rewarding and fulfilling career.
  • Our 48 semester-credit-hour program can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available.
  • This academic master of arts degree is comparable to the master of arts in theological studies or master of arts in religion offered at other institutions.
  • Students will be admitted to the program in one of two tracks: General or Focused. Within the Focused Track, areas of specialty include Scripture and Its Interpretation and Christian Theology and Traditions.
  • Regardless of the focus, students complete four courses in their individually chosen concentration. Additionally, students can cross-register with local colleges and universities. Merit scholarships and need-based financial aid are available.
  • The rigorous nature of the MTS, along with the number of electives in the course outline, provides students with a degree that is both academic and flexible.
  • The MTS final project and the elective theology courses allow students to specialize in a chosen area of focus, 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  

Careers for Master of Theological Studies Grads

MTS graduates go on to work as college or seminary professors, pastors, religion teachers, journalists, and missionaries, among other careers for which graduate theological preparation is valuable. Grads also go on to complete a doctoral program.

Master of Theological Studies Program Requirements

  • 48 semester credit hours
  • At least four courses in the area of concentration
  • MTS Research Seminar
  • MTS Final Project

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