The Anderson University School of Theology Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS) is an academic degree that may be undertaken as a resident (i.e., on campus) or 100% online. While not intended for those seeking ordination or professional ministry placement (the MDiv degree prepares those focused on congregational ministry or chaplaincy), the MTS degree may serve well those interested in personal enrichment or teaching Bible and theology whether in the local church or in higher education.
Those in lay ministry will find the MTS degree (non thesis track) a preparation for serving as leaders within the context of the local church or other ministries. This MTS seminary degree covers a broad spectrum of courses from theology and Bible, to church history.
Those interested in future doctoral studies will discover the MTS degree (thesis track) serves as a path for making this next academic vocational step. The MTS degree (thesis track) introduces seminary students to Bible, theology, and church history, as well as biblical languages. In addition to these core studies, the student completes academic research culminating in a thesis.
Our seminary faculty encourages you to explore these two academically focused tracks of theological study.
"The MTS degree has deepened my faith and helped me think critically about scripture, theology and ministry in a way that impacts my daily life. I have been challenged and enriched through the AU School of Theology and the caring professors who are investing in my life and ministry. I highly recommend the Anderson University School of Theology!"
– Erin Moss Taylor, MTS Graduate '10
Adult Ministries Director, The Church at the Crossing (Indianapolis)