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Theological Studies, M.T.S.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The M.T.S. program provides training for participants to reflect theologically on the role of the church in contemporary society and to develop skills necessary for effective ministry within local churches, mission agencies or para-church ministries. 


Biblical Objectives:

  • Gain exegetical skills in understanding the content of Scripture through its form, context, structure, and vocabulary.
  • Identify the basic issues involved in the exposition of Scripture including the cultural and historical background of the text.
  • Apply skills to use Scripture in a variety of life and church circumstances: polity, apologetics, homiletics, Christian ethics, doctrine, and mission.

Theological Objectives:

  • Examine the development of Christian life and thought in their historical contexts.
  • Compare and evaluate prominent theological systems and movements in recent centuries.
  • Discuss the major theological loci in sensitivity to biblical revelation, doctrinal developments in history, and contemporary contextual changes.

Leadership Objectives:

  • Cultivate the dimensions of spirituality by exploring the disciplines of the spiritual life, the process of faith formation and the nature of ever-deepening moral life.
  • Develop the leadership roles of the minister (clergy and lay leader) as preacher, educator, caregiver and administrator in the life of the local church or para-church ministry.
  • Examine the larger cultural and social environment in which the church carries out its global mission.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Theological Studies 
  • Old Testament Exegesis 
  • New Testament Exegesis 
  • Biblical Exegesis and Expository Preaching 
  • Historical Theology 
  • Systematic Theology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • References: A form and letter must be submitted by both a pastoral and academic reference in order to complete your application.
  • Personal Statement (3-5 pages): Write a detailed statement of purpose which describes your reasons, including vocational reasons, for pursuing a graduate degree in Religion at Vanguard. Also, describe how your Christian faith is related to your desire to pursue the Masters of Theological Studies program.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Please provide a detailed resume or curriculum vitae listing all employment, experience, education, training, etc.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    490 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 490 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    490 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 490 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Costa Mesa

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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