The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program provides students with a solid philosophical and theological foundation and interpretive skills so that they can bring their professional experience into dialogue with the theological and historical tradition and mission of the Church. Students work in areas such as business, health care, education, social work, fine arts, the Church, and other related fields. Through the MTS program, they develop a stronger sense of confidence to bring faith to their professional lives.
Not all MTS programs are alike – some are designed to prepare students for advanced doctoral studies; others for personal enrichment, or parish-based ministry. Our program is unique because it takes seriously the professional experience of its students, and weaves that experience into the ongoing philosophical and theological conversations of our community of scholars. Students also have access to the DSPT College of Fellows, a group of Catholics distinguished in their professional fields who actively integrate their careers with the mission of the Church.
The DSPT MTS degree requires completion of 48 semester units of coursework in the areas of theological interpretation and research, plus a final capstone project (designed in collaboration with the program coordinator). At the heart of the program is a series of four seminars which integrates philosophical skills for interpretation (hermeneutics) into theological and professional inquiry. Students must also complete all of the assessment portfolio requirements as described in the DSPT Student Handbook. Participants may enroll in the program on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The maximum time permitted for completion is five years computed from the date of enrollment in the program. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Students in the MTS program are life-long learners who enjoy bringing contemporary issues into dialogue with the rich theological tradition of the Church. By the end of the program, students will:
Required Areas - 48 units total
The specifics of each project are determined according to the needs and design of each inquiry. Ideas for projects include a field study of a particular focused question or problem related to the student's primary work situation; a research analysis which integrates particular theoretical issues from the student's primary expertise with contemporary topics in the Church, etc. Each project should address the following questions:
How can I bring these skills or this content into understanding and interpreting contemporary issues in Church and society?
How will the integration of these skills or this content help me in my professional development?
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