Master of Theological Studies

The Learning Objectives of the Master of Theological Studies are that our graduates will:

  • Understand theological discourse within the broad Christian theological perspective
  • Use Scripture and Christian Tradition as sources
  • Articulate perspectives with clarity, accuracy, and pastoral-ministerial awareness in interpersonal and public forms of communication

Chapman Seminary, a graduate school in theology, is a school of Oakland City University. The curriculum is founded upon traditional Christian understanding of the nature and purpose of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, and expressly declared in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is designed for those individuals who seek a graduate level education in the biblical and historical-theological disciplines of the Christian tradition. It lays a foundation for further graduate academic work or for professional studies for ministry such as provided by a Master of Divinity degree.  The course of study is 45 hours.

Admissions to the Master of Theological Studies Program

Requirements for unconditional admission to the Master of Divinity program are as follows:

  • A formal application for admission submitted to the Admissions Office together with the application fee.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale, or a 2.75 average in the undergraduate major field.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge aptitude and ability for graduate work; neither recommendation may come from members of the Graduate Council or from the faculty of the Chapman Seminary.
  • Submission of official transcripts of all undergraduate credits and any graduate credits earned.
  • A formal Statement of reasons for applying, making clear the motivation for entering the Seminary.

Graduation Requirements

The completion of 45 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade point average of B on a 4.0 scale, is necessary to receive the MTS degree. Of the 45 hours, 33 hours are core (mandatory) courses required of all students and 12 hours of electives. One of those electives must be in the area of foundational ministry courses (education, missions, or similar ministry, noted in the Chapman curriculum as ministry course [M]).

Core Curriculum (33 Hours)

  • MDV 501B  - Old Testament 1
  • MDV 502B - Old Testament 2
  • MDV 511B - New Testament 1
  • MDV 512B - New Testament 2
  • MDV 501H - Church History 1
  • MDV 502H - Church History 2
  • MDV 511H - Christian Ethics
  • MDV 531H - Studies in Western Philosophy
  • MDV 535H - Philosophy of Religion
  • MDV 601H - Systematic Theology 1
  • MDV 602H - Systematic Theology 2

*each of these courses is 3 credit hours

Elective Courses (12 hours)

One 3-hour course from the MDV Ministry Theory and Practice Curriculum [designated with M]. Three additional courses numbered 500 or higher in the study of Christian thought and experience.

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