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Master of Theology (M.Th)

48 Semester Units are needed to graduate

Mission Statement
The mission of Methodist Theological Seminary in America is to educate students to be competent, dedicated, and Methodist leaders who will serve the Korean Churches and to advance the cause of Christ around the world.

Purpose and the Program Objectives
The Master of Theology (M.Th.) is designed to prepare students for further study, in preparation for a Doctoral Degree, or employment that requires a master's degree (i.e. Moksanim).

Master of Theology Degree Program Learning Outcomes

M.Th. graduates of MTSA will be able to:

1 Demonstrate academic competence in theological disciplines.
2 Articulate the significance of their academic work for the broader community.
3 Demonstrate personal integrity in their academic endeavors.

Admission Requirement
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Master of Theology program:

1. Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree from MTSA or college.
2. Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.00 scale).
3. Recommended to be at least 18 years of age and in good health.
4. Demonstrate ability to read and write either English or Korean at the college entrance level. Level test will be required.
5. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to MTSA (One from an ordained minister and one from an academic advisor or professor), substantiating that the applicant possess the necessary intellectual ability and mental attitude sufficient to complete the required courses within the time frame allowed, and to participate productively and responsibly in an academic discipline that relates to a sensitive topic such as religion.

Program Requirements
The M.Th. program combines training in academic content and methods, in the research skills appropriate to the study of religion and the various theological disciplines, and in the knowledge and sensitivity necessary for teachers and ministers to engage in dialogue across cultures and religions. All graduates are expected to acquire both breadth and depth of preparation in relation to their overall degree objectives. Breadth is established by taking a wide range of survey courses in the theological disciplines. Depth is probed in the final summative exercise.

Master's Thesis
All M.Th. students must complete a summative exercise. Dependent upon the concentration, the major paper may be a master’s thesis.
Generally, the master’s thesis is 60-80 pages in length, excluding bibliography, appendices, table of contents, etc. It may be completed in connection with a course or directed study during the third or fourth semester of the program.

Course Tracks

(1) BIBLICAL STUDIES TRACK
Students who concentrate in biblical studies are required to complete at least two semesters in the primary biblical language (Greek or Hebrew, 6 units) and one semester in the secondary biblical language (Greek or Hebrew, 3 units).

Theological/Religious Studies – 18 units

• BS511 An Introduction to the OT (3 units)
• BS512 An Introduction to the NT (3 units)
• CH501 History of Christianity (3 units)
• ST501 Systematic Theology (3 units)
• CE501 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 units)
• ST502 World Religions (3 units)

Biblical Languages – 9 units

• Primary Biblical Language (6 units two classes)
• Secondary Biblical Language (3 units one class)

Concentration – 15 units

Courses in discipline, as approved by advisor (15 units)

Free Electives – 3 units

Courses outside the discipline (3 units)

Master’s thesis – 3 unit (including the Writing Workshop class)

Before the advisor’s approval, the student must take a “Writing Workshop class.”

The master’s thesis, as approved by one’s advisor, must be completed within the final 2 semesters of enrollment.

TOTAL – 48 units

(2) RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TRACK
The M.Th. concentration in religious education provides students in the theoretical and applied aspects of religious education in faith communities and other non-profit organizations. Students have the opportunity to focus in courses offered in religious education, spiritual formation, and interreligious education to shape a program focused on their educational goals and related to the broader field of theological studies. The program is designed to be responsive to the educational needs of local religious, social and cultural contexts, as well as the vocational goals of the student. This concentration adequately prepares students for future Ph.D. studies.

Theological/Religious Studies – 15 units*

• BS511 An Introduction to the OT (3 units)
• BS512 An Introduction to the NT (3 units)
• CH501 History of Christianity (3 units)
• ST501 Systematic Theology (3 units)
• CE501 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 units)

Concentration – 15 units

Electives in the Discipline (can include courses in Religious 15 units Education, Interreligious Education, or Spiritual Formation)

Free Electives – 9 units

Master’s thesis – 3 unit (including Writing Workshop)

Before the advisor’s approval, the student must take a “Writing Workshop class.”

The master’s thesis, as approved by one’s advisor, must be completed within the final 2 semesters of enrollment.

TOTAL – 48 units

(3) THEOLOGY TRACK
Students in the Theology track take courses in a range of theological and philosophical perspectives: Process Theology, Liberation Theologies, Feminist Theologies as well as options for engaging in theological studies in non-Christian traditions.

Theological/Religious Studies – 15 units*

• BS511 An Introduction to the OT (3 units)
• BS512 An Introduction to the NT (3 units)
• CH501 History of Christianity (3 units)
• ST501 Systematic Theology (3 units)
• CE501 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 units)

Concentration – 15 units

Courses in discipline, as approved by advisor 15 units

Free Electives – 9 units

Master’s thesis – 3 unit (including Writing Workshop)

Before the advisor’s approval, the student must take a “Writing Workshop class.”

The master’s thesis, as approved by one’s advisor, must be completed within the final 2 semesters of enrollment.

TOTAL – 48 units

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BS511 An Introduction to the OT (3 units)
This course is an introductory study of the Old Testament with emphasis on the historical and literary analysis of each book of the Old Testament. This course examines the intention of each book on the basis of the relation of text, setting and readers. This course includes the how the OT texts apply to the contemporary readers to change their lives.

BS512 An Introduction to the NT (3 units)
This course is an introductory study of the Old Testament with emphasis on the historical and literary analysis of each book of the Old Testament. This course examines the intention of each book on the basis of the relation of text, setting and readers. This course includes the how the OT texts apply to the contemporary readers to change their lives.

CH501 History of Christianity (3 units)
This course is a general introduction to the first 2,000 years of the history of the Christian church.

ST501 Systematic Theology (3 units)
This course is a systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and the Churches. Related areas covered will be the way of salvation, the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and so on.

CE501 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 units)
This course is a study of various areas in personal and social ethics as they relate to the Christian life.

ST502 World Religions (3 units)
This course is a general introduction to the basic religious concerns of humanity, and the ways in which religions have developed in Eastern and Western history, giving intellectual, moral, and institutional expression to the meaning of human existence.