Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
The MTS degree is a two-year interdisciplinary program that is designed for those who intend to pursue and prepare for a doctoral degree or for those who would like to increase their personal understanding or enhance an existing career path in a variety of contexts such as educators in faith communities, professionals in government or nonprofit leadership, journalists, writers and researchers, scholar-activists in a variety of communities and organizations, faculty and adjunct professors, directors of programs, senior level administration, student affairs, admissions officers, and more.
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Who should pursue a Master of Theological Studies from Iliff
Those who intend to pursue and prepare for a doctoral degree or for those who would like to increase their personal understanding or enhance an existing career path.
MTS Graduates Lead As
- Educators in faith communities
- Professionals in government or nonprofit leadership, journalists, writers, and researchers
- Scholar-Activists in a variety of communities and organizations
- Faculty and adjunct professors, directors of programs, senior level administration, student affairs, admissions officers
- Meet our students
Students who have earned a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution may complete the abbreviated version of the Master of Theological Studies degree in 40 quarter credits.
Master of Social Work Cooperative Program
A cooperative arrangement between Iliff School of Theology and The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver allows qualified students to pursue concurrently the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, or Master of Theological Studies with the Master of Social Work degree. The cooperative degree program offers students the opportunity to apply theological learning to social service settings. Each school allows students to transfer a predetermined number of credits from one degree program into the other, which allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. Details are listed in the Master’s Student Handbook.
The program culminates in an interdisciplinary thesis which is intended to be a focused, article-length (6,000 words), original piece of academic research demonstrating the student’s ability to work across two or more identifiable disciplines; showing the ability to conduct academic research with depth and originality of thought; and the ability to articulate his or her research in appropriate academic discourse. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Student Handbook in their year of matriculation.
- MTS Colloquium (4 Credits)
- First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 Credits)
- Other Courses as determined by your personalized learning plan (56 Credits)
- MTS Thesis Proposal Seminar (4 Credits)
- Interdisciplinary Thesis (4 Credits)
Example Classes in the MTS Program
- Ethics of Neoliberalism and Globalization
- Comparative Mysticism
- Theological Anthropology
- Hebrew Bible and Ecology
- More information – Student Handbook