The Master of Theological Studies is intellectually challenging and highly integrative. It cuts across traditional academic silos in theology and forces professors and students alike to find connections (and disconnects, too!) between theology, general human knowledge and social realities of life. It is at those intersections that transformation happens powerfully for the sake of this world. We like to think of transformation primarily as a communal experience; but students tell us that our classes are equally formative at the level of personal stories and aspirations. For instance, one cohort included students who are preparing to start innovative urban communities that connect theology to urban life. Geeks welcome! Those who see themselves as intellectuals first (and perhaps world changers later?!) find that this degree works extremely well for Ph.D. preparation.
A graduate of the Master of Theological Studies in Integrative 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
- Construct a hermeneutical framework that is contextually and methodologically sensitive.
- Compose a thesis on a specific theological topic
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. Some of the M.T.S. classes are offered at our extension site, Twin Cities School of Theology (TwinSoT). 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-G):
C. Public Theology for Social Transformation EL210 and Social Intelligence CL160 (6 cr)
E. Schools of Thought TR559 and Culture and Justice TR470 and Prophetic Imagination in the Hebrew Bible TR140 (formerly Intertextualities) (9 cr)
F. Research I: Tools MT500 and Research II: Proposal MT501
G. Thesis related to Integrative Theology (6 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.