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The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree is a program tailored to fit the needs of those seeking advanced doctoral studies or careers in teaching or research. It has also proven to be a good fit for students called to serve in lay ministry roles throughout the church, academy, and world. Its two-year curriculum covers the foundational areas of history, theology, and Scripture while leaving plenty of room for elective choices. There is also a required thesis component that students complete during their final year under the direction of one of our distinguished faculty members.
Our academically rigorous curriculum enriched by vibrant worship, opportunities for spiritual formation, the close-knit student community, and mentoring for the doctoral application process make the Duke Divinity M.T.S. a premier program for those seeking academic preparation in an intentional Christian community.
- Sixteen courses (8 required courses and 8 electives) and four or more semesters of residency are required.
- Thesis: Each student is required to write a paper that addresses the learnings or major emphases of the individual's program. The paper will be submitted within a course during the final semester, fulfilling the requirements of both the course and the degree program.
- Student portfolio: All M.T.S. students are required to compile a portfolio consisting of certain papers with faculty feedback and student reflections. The portfolio serves to demonstrate the formation of the student in the areas of exegesis of Christian texts and the ability to think theologically.