The Loyola University Maryland Master of Theological Studies is a rigorous, 48 credit, graduate-level program designed to give students both a broad exposure to the Christian tradition and a variety of theological specialties and to allow students to explore a topic in-depth through the preparation of a thesis. The Master of Theological Studies is excellent preparation for work in fields such as non-profits, social justice, lay ministry, education, library science, social work, law, or publishing. The Master of Theological Studies - Research Track is designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral work and includes more research languages and a research-intensive thesis. Regardless of the path, Loyola Master of Theological Studies students graduate well-read, well-rounded, and ready for what’s next.
- Credits: 48
- Format: Full or part time
- Cost Per Credit: $900
- Location: Baltimore
Master of Theological Studies
The Master of Theological Studies is a 48-credit graduate-level degree with a highly flexible curriculum in order to meet students’ the various professional and education goals. The curriculum includes seven core theology course, five electives, two language courses, Doing Lived Theology, and a thesis. By equipping students to explore the world of theology, they can find the path that best fits their goals.
Master of Theological Studies - Research Track
The Research track is a 48-credit graduate-level degree that is designed specifically for students who intend on pursuing doctoral-level work upon completing the program. To best prepare students for doctoral work, the Master of Theological Studies - Research Track places a stronger emphasis on developing skills in theology research languages and research methods. As such, the MTS - Research Tack curriculum includes seven core theology courses, four language course, three electives, and a two semester thesis project.
Master of Theological Studies - Education Concentration
The MTS with a concentration in Education is a 48-credit graduate-level degree that is designed specifically for people interested in or actively pursuing careers in theological education, bringing together core theological knowledge with practical courses in education. The MTS with a concentration in Education curriculum includes seven core courses, four electives, four courses from Loyola’s School of Education, and an Ignatian Pedagogy Capstone.
Both tracks are available to full-time or part-time students. Full-time students may complete the program in as little as two years. Part-time students typically complete the program in three to four years but may take up to six years to complete the program. Below is the typical course sequence for a student enrolled full-time.
Faculty and Learning Environment
Students learn from internationally recognized, tenured faculty known for their scholarly work and publications. The department includes Catholic and non-Catholic faculty who together nurture a collegial atmosphere and student success. Graduate-level students in the Master of Theological Studies and the Certificate in Theology and Ministry also experience a 2:1 student to faculty ratio, which provides a collaborative atmosphere.
Admission and How to Apply
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