The Master of Theological Studies in Public Theology, a 36 credit degree program, is content rich and flexible. Religious conflict, complex ethical dilemmas, political factions, and an institutional church that’s quickly shedding old skins. The church and our world needs more and better theology, not less. We need dynamic leaders who are biblically literate, who know classical sources of theology, philosophy, and ethics—but who can apply theological knowledge to current problems. The Masters of Theological Studies in Public Theology will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools to become a contextual, applied theologian—whether in church or para-church ministry or by preparing for the academy. This 36-credit degree is, offered through multiple deliveries—via the Twin Cities School of Theology, through the Hatchery (Redondo Beach, CA), or online from your unique context.
A graduate of the Master of Theological Studies in Public Theology will be able to:
- Summarize major theological schools of thought and philosophical shifts associated with them
- Integrate aspects of his or her theological studies with the social and physical sciences
- Develop a public theology that incorporates political, economic, gender/sexuality, and social justice concerns
- Compose a thesis on a specific theological topic or develop a public theology project that can be applied to your present or planned context of ministry.
The M.T.S. requires 36 credit hours of study. The degree can be completed full time in four semesters or part time within five years. The specific requirements are:
1. Pass a writing sample within the first year of study.
2. Completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in the first semester of enrollment after matriculation.
3. Satisfactory completion of 36 semester hours of credit (cr) as follows:
A. Hebrew Scriptures: Origins CH170 (3cr)
B. Introduction to the New Testament CH261 or Jesus the Jew TR850 (3 cr)
C. Introduction to Historical Theology CH461 (3 cr)
D. Historical Theology II: Kierkegaard and Beyond CH468 (3 crd)
E. What is Religion TR771 (3 cr)
F. Public Theology for Social Transformation EL210 (3 cr)
G. Christian Ethics EL300 (3 cr)
H. Culture and Art (may be fulfilled by Theological Interpretation of the Arts TR271 (3 cr)
I. Science and Religion (3 cr)
J. Capstone/Thesis (3 cr)
K. Project/Elective (3 cr)
L. Project/Elective (3 cr)
4. Recommendation by the faculty that takes into account academic, personal and professional readiness for ministry.
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
- Grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Strong analytical and reflective thinking and writing skills
- Vocational and academic goals compatible with vision and mission of United
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores on the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language). A score of 80 on the iBT (internet-based TOEFL) with a minimum score of 20 on Reading and Writing is required for admission.
How to Apply
- Submit Application. You will need:
- A list of all post-secondary schools, universities and seminaries you have attended
- A list of any committees, positions of leadership or offices held in your congregation or denomination
- An up-to-date resume with your employment background, including part-time work, as well as community, volunteer and/or family experience, indicating positions of leadership, offices held, and awards or recognition received
- A one- or two-page vocational statement describing the vocational direction or goals that led you to student at United
- Three references (see #3)
- Submit Immunization Record
- Supply three reference letters:
- one pastor or spiritual mentor reference, attesting to your call and/or spiritual discernment
- one employer or professional reference, attesting to your work ethic
- one personal reference (non-relative)
- REFERENCE FORM
- Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended Download a Transcript Request Form (one per institution)
- Contact the admissions office, 651.633.4311, to complete a writing sample
Application deadline: The recommended application due date is September 1. However, United will accept applications up until the second Friday of the start of the term. Keep in mind that financial aid application due dates fall much earlier.