Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers a 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.
“Rather than trying to give us answers, my professors have invited us along on a journey.”
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.
M.T.S. graduates often choose to become:
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:
At Pittsburgh Seminary, the Theological Studies program can be completed in two academic years. Engaging in theological research methods, the second year of theology courses offers the option to customize this program with an abundance of electives. The three tracks are outlined below: General; Scripture and Its Interpretation; and Christian Theology and Traditions.
The main objective during the Master of Theological Studies program is to facilitate the exploration of a theological discipline or tradition through flexible courses centered on theological research. By fostering religious reflection and academic study, our students engage with scripture and can reflect that sacred knowledge to the world.
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.