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Academic Catalog
    Feb 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog - Spring 2015 
Academic Catalog - Spring 2015 [ARCHIVED]

Master of Theological Studies, M.T.S.

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The Master of Theological Studies is a basic Seminary program of study and research for international students in a cross-cultural setting who are paticipating in an approved Global Theological Initiative cohort and have already completed an initial undergraduate degree in theological studies or another approved field as determined by the Program Coordinator and the Registrar. The purpose of the program is to train God called men and women to be leaders within various international Christian ministries.

Admission Requirements

This degree is available to international students and workers in a cross-cultural setting who are paticipating in an approved Global Theological Initiative cohort and have a B.Th., an equivalent degree, or Bachelors Degree in another approved field as determined by the Program Coordinator and the Registrar. Transcript or documentation of all post-secondary coursework must be provided. All other requirements for international student admission to the Seminary must be met.

Program Design


The M.T.S. at Southeastern is a general theological studies program permitting some academic specialization for international students. The curriculum is designed to expose the student to a broad range of theological disciplines and then guide the student to the focused study of a specific theological discipline via a concentration of elective courses and a final research thesis project. This degree normally requires two academic years of full-time study.


Transcripts that do not show satisfactory completion of an appropriate range of courses (based on the M.Div. core requirements at Southeastern) may lead the Registrar to require remedial work without reducing the course requirements for this program. At least half of the 48 hours required must be under the direct supervision and tutelage of Southeastern’s faculty.

A Supervisory Professor will be selected for each student. Biblical and theological requirements are supplemented by electives in several areas of possible specialization. These electives should be chosen in consultation with the Supervisory Professor. The research project is approximately 75 pages, directed and approved by the Supervisory Professor in consultation with the Program Coordinator. Students should complete their research project by the end of their final semester of class work or no later than three months after completion of their final class.


Degree Requirements

II. Specialty Selectives - 18 Hours

At least two elective courses must be taken in the specific field that will be addressed in the research project. Students lacking the equivalent undergraduate courses in Bible are required to take

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III. M.T.S. Research Thesis Project - 6 Hours

  • IND 7520 - M.T.S. Guided Reading and Research 3 semester hrs. To be conducted with the Supervisory Professor in the student’s field of concentration
  • IND 7521 - M.T.S. Research Project 3 semester hrs.


The student and the Supervisory Professor will seek approval for the topic for the M.T.S. Research Thesis Project by completing an Approval Form with the Program Coordinator at least by the beginning of the final semester of the student’s program. The thesis project must address a significant topic and must conform to the latest edition of the Turabian style manual and must contain a substantial bibliography. Technical style and format follow the same guidelines as those established for Southeastern Th.M. theses. The project must be presented to the Supervisory Professor for grading at least 30 days prior to the anticipated date of graduation. Four corrected copies on dissertation quality paper stock are delivered to the library at least 15 days prior to graduation. M.T.S. Reports are bound, filed in the seminary archives, and listed in the library catalog as unpublished materials. If this research project is subsequently published by the student, a copy of such publications should be donated by the student to Southeastern’s library.

Total Hours - 48

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