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Franciscan School of Theology

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a two-year academic program that provides a breadth of theological understanding for those interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary, secondary, or junior college level; in church ministry; or as preparation for further academic work.

Students choose an area of academic specialization among Biblical Studies (Old or New Testament), Christian Spirituality, Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, Ethics and Social Theory/Religion and Society, History, Liturgical Studies, and Systematic and Philosophical Theology.

MTS Program Learning Outcomes

The MTS program learning outcomes are intended to prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the specified theological discipline
  2. Exhibit a focused knowledge in a chosen theological discipline
  3. Conduct research and construct a theological argument
  4. Communicate coherently, effectively, and persuasively in writing and speaking
  5. Collaborate with others
  6. Interpret and apply theological knowledge
  7. Construct in a thesis a coherent, sustained theological argument in an area of specialized study

Requirements of the MTS Program

MTS students are required to:

  • Complete 48 semester units as described in the curriculum below, a maximum of 13 of which may be taken at the University of San Diego’s graduate schools.
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average in all required and elective courses
  • Be enrolled in the school full time for at least 4 semesters to fulfill the 2-year full-time tuition residency requirement
  • Complete all work within 4 years of the first semester of enrollment

The MTS Thesis

An MTS thesis demonstrates the student’s ability to develop a coherent, sustained theological argument that reflects an in-depth study of a theological discipline. It may contain an experiential component integrating personal, professional, and pastoral concerns. The successful thesis will demonstrate general academic knowledge of the Roman Catholic theological tradition, skill in the interpretation and use of biblical texts relevant to the topic, and skill in developing a theological framework to situate the topic within the commitment of faith.

Curriculum of the MTS Program

Course area Units
Introduction to Old Testament 3
Introduction to New Testament 3
Introduction to Theology3
Christology 3
Ecclesiology3
Introduction to Liturgy3
Fundamental Moral Theology 3
Intercultural Theology3
Spirituality3
History3
Elective Specialization12
Thesis6

The MTS Thesis

An MTS thesis demonstrates the student’s ability to develop a coherent, sustained theological argument that reflects an in-depth study of a theological discipline. It may contain an experiential component integrating personal, professional, and pastoral concerns. The successful thesis will demonstrate general academic knowledge of the Roman Catholic theological tradition, skill in the interpretation and use of biblical texts relevant to the topic, and skill in developing a theological framework to situate the topic within the commitment of faith.

MTS Workshops

MTS Thesis Guidelines

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