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Theological Studies, Master

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Theology and Christian Ministry is an academic degree that must be completed on campus. While not intended for those seeking ordination, the MTS degree may serve 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orientation to Graduate Theological Studies
  • Hermeneutics and Critical Reflection in Theological Education
  • Faith and Life Through the Hebrew Scriptures
  • New Testament Seminar: Jesus and the Caesars
  • Faith Seeking Understanding

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Achieve an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Write an academic paper according to guidelines available from the Office of Student Development. 
  • Interview with a full-time AU seminary faculty member (in the area of Bible, church history, theology, or mission), and receive that faculty member’s written recommendation that this degree is an appropriate one given the prospective student’s vocational and educational goals.
  • Complete all admission requirements by August 1 (for fall admission) or December 1 (for spring admission).
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      425 USD/credit
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    • National

      425 USD/credit
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    Living costs for Anderson

    • 861 - 1400 USD/month
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