Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The master of theological studies (MTS) curriculum serves persons who wish to explore disciplines within theology and religion, without the objective of preparing for the ordained ministry. Students who wish to prepare for the ordained ministry should consider the MDiv program.

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Aims of the Program

The MTS is especially suited for persons interested in some aspect of teaching and research or engagement in social issues and is not intended for those whose primary immediate interests are in ministry or counseling. Students who plan to apply to a PhD program in religion or to teach at the secondary school level might seek this degree. Others may elect the degree out of intellectual curiosity. Students may focus their studies in either History, Scripture, and Tradition or Modern Religious Thought and Experience.

Program of Study

The program focuses on historical and constructive issues of religious and theological reflection. Professional ministry issues are not a focus of this program. Nevertheless, the seminary community affects both instruction and the process of theological reflection, providing an enriched human and personal context.

The MTS is closer to the master of arts than to the master of divinity. The program focuses more intensely on issues of academic theology and the study of religion in general, and less on issues of ministry. However, in contrast with the MA offered in some graduate schools which specializes in a single area of religious studies, the MTS covers all areas of theological studies.

Students may develop an individually tailored curriculum within the general framework of the MTS requirements. Normally a two-year program, the degree must be completed within six calendar years.

For more information about Candler's MTS degree, admission, application deadlines and application procedures, please contact:

Office of Admissions
Candler School of Theology
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone Number : 404.727.6326
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