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Arlington, VA  22201
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Master of Theological Studies

What is the Master of Theological Studies degree?

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is designed for students who wish to obtain a general theological education. The course of study is not designed to provide the qualifications for ordained ministry. This program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

The MTS is designed to be completed in four to five years part time or two to three years full time. Courses are scheduled so that students who are working full time may pursue their studies without compromising their employment and family life.    

Who should consider the MTS degree?

The MTS is ideal for persons desiring to teach theology at the undergraduate level or pursue doctoral education in a number of theological disciplines.

What courses will I take as a MTS student?

Foundational Courses Advanced Study
Introduction to Theological Studies (2) Advanced Biblical Studies (2)
Christian Ethics (2) Advanced Philosophy (2)
Global Perspectives in Ministry and Mission (2) Advanced Christian Theology (2)
Christianity and Culture:

Who is God? (2) or

Postmodern Theology and the Church (2) Who is Jesus? (2) AND
Spiritual Formation (2) What is Salvation? (2) or
Philosophy for Theology (2) What is Church? (2) or
Biblical Studies What is the Mission of the Church? (2)
     Old Testament Interpretation I and II (4) Master's Thesis (2)
     New Testament Interpretation I and II (4)  
Global Church History (2) Free Electives
Biblical Hebrew I and II (4) or 10 credit hours
Biblical Greek I and II (4)  
Intermediate Studies  
Biblical Hermeneutics (2)  
Biblical Exegesis (2)  
Historical Theology I, II, and III (6)  
Modern Theology (2)  

60 Total Credit Hours


MTS courses are offered at Leland’s Main Campus in Arlington, VA and at the Hampton Roads Extension location. Hampton Roads MTS students must take a portion of their coursework at the Main Campus.

The best way to learn about Leland Seminary is to visit. To schedule an individual visit, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 703-812-4757 ext. 204.

Click here to begin the application process. The application includes a basic application form, application fee, transcripts, recommendations, and essays. Applications for Fall admission are due June 1 and December 1 for Spring admission.

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  John Leland Center for Theological Studies
1306 N. Highland Street
Arlington, VA  22201