The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) prepares men and women for a wide variety of ministries including advanced graduate study. It introduces students to the main theological disciplines, provides opportunity for some specialization, and requires a thesis relevant to the student’s goal. It is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate preparation for a variety of vocational goals.
Master of Theological Studies
Thinking about earning your MTS? LTS makes it possible for you!
- Flexible Scheduling
About Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
"What I have learned and how I have grown has been immeasurable, so with any chance that I get, I recommend LTS! "
What makes your experience at LTS unique?
- All coursework can be completed 100% online
- Designed to be flexible enough to accommodate preparation for a variety of vocational goals.
- Teaches the main theological disciplines that can be used in congregations, in the community, and in further academic (e.g. Ph.D.) work.
- 2, 4 or 8 weeks classes instead of semester-long courses
- Operates on a year-round schedule, with monthly enrollment options.
- The online format gives you the chance to work at your own pace.
- Bachelor’s degree, having earned a 2.5 or better
- Submit online application, essay, and a $65 non-refundable application fee
- Official college transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
How It Works
The 12-month calendar system means that you can choose the months you take the courses. You may take as few as one class per month or take more when your schedule permits. Classes are offered each month for half-credit, one credit or two credits each. A half-credit course will last two weeks; a one-credit course will last four weeks; a two-credit course will last eight weeks. The short online courses require approximately 10-12 hours of weekly study per course. While completed online, this works is highly interactive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept people from all backgrounds?
Students at Lexington are diverse in age, denomination, race, geographic location, and gender. They have one thing in common: they all desire to learn more about the life of faith and answer a call. Students at LTS come from a variety of backgrounds; our students are engineers and teachers, nurses and parents, recent graduates and second-career pastors. At Lexington you will find your place in a community.
How many students are enrolled?
Lexington Theological Seminary enrolls students on an ongoing, monthly basis, so our enrollment numbers change frequently. In most calendar years we enroll around 125 students.
Do I have to move in order to attend classes?
No. The majority of your coursework will be completed online, so you do not have to relocate to attend classes. You can graduate with as few as 4 trips to campus!
How long does seminary take?
Lexington’s unique “at your own pace” schedule means that you can complete your studies on your timeframe. Most students at LTS attend on a part-time basis so they can balance their studies with their family life, work life and ministry. Most students take between 12 and 20 credits per calendar year.
Is LTS accredited?
Lexington Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It is a graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preparing leaders for the church since 1865.