Theology Programs

MTS Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know that I am a qualified candidate for the MTS program?

How is the DSPT MTS Program different from other MTS programs?

What’s the application deadline?

How much does the program cost?

What kind of sample of professional work is acceptable?

Are MTS courses scheduled for people who work full-time?

Are scholarships available to MTS students?

Do I have to take the GRE?

Do I need foreign language proficiency to apply?

If I’ve been a Special Student at DSPT (or plan to start as one), can I transfer those courses into the MTS?

How and when is the personal interview completed?

Is there a minimum number of courses I must take each semester to finish on time?

Do MTS seminars and courses have to be taken in a particular order?


How do I know that I am a qualified candidate for the MTS program?

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, plus a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in a specialized field such as business, law, health care, education, social work, fine arts, the Church, and other related fields. Candidates should be ready and willing to ask the deeper questions – questions about how their professional experience interfaces with the life and mission of the Church.The MTS is a terminal degree designed for working professionals who intend to return to their current profession in order to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired at DSPT into their profession. Applicants who are considering the possibility of future doctoral studies will be better served by other DSPT theology programs.

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How is the DSPT MTS program different from other MTS programs?

The MTS program at DSPT is unique because it integrates the professional experience of its students with ongoing philosophical and theological study. Unlike other MTS programs which focus on preparation for pastoral ministry, the DSPT MTS program prepares students to realize the ways in which theology and philosophy can inform their current profession.

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What’s the application deadline?

Please check the current application deadline. There will be only one application deadline each year for the MTS program and the program will begin with the MTS seminar offering in June just prior to the year of enrollment. If you are considering this program and the deadline is passed please contact the Admissions Office to inquire about entry as a "Special Student" or application for the following year.

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How much does the program cost?

Tuition is $605 per unit for all programs. At 48 units, the MTS program will cost $29,040.

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What kind of sample of professional work is acceptable?

Because individuals will come from a variety of professions, there is no single type of sample. The specific submission must demonstrate a knowledge of and capacity for project planning. Possible projects might include any type of published work; a description of a project or development plan in which the applicant had a leadership role; organization of personnel in an office, a strategic survey and report for their organization etc.

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Are MTS courses scheduled for people who work full-time?

Course scheduling at DSPT reflects the need to accommodate a wide variety of students. While all of the MTS seminars are offered on weekends, most other courses at DSPT occur during the week. Every attempt is made to schedule DSPT courses suitable to MTS students in a once per week time-slot. MTS students have full access to courses offered through the GTU DSPT - new website, many of which are available during evenings and weekends The MTS Program Coordinator will be available to help each student organize a schedule that meets their needs.

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Are scholarships available to MTS students?

A student must take at least 9 units per semester to be eligible for financial aid.

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Do I have to take the GRE?

No.

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Do I need foreign language proficiency to apply?

No. There is no requirement for foreign language proficiency and no exam will be required to graduate.

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If I’ve been a Special Student at DSPT (or plan to start as one), can I transfer those courses into the MTS?

Yes. Students accepted into the MTS program may petition the MTS program coordinator and Academic Dean to transfer coursework done as a Special Student into the MTS program. However, students should ensure beforehand that the courses they plan to take as a Special Student will fulfill MTS program requirements.

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How and when is the personal interview completed?

After an initial review of the application, the Program Coordinator will schedule an on-site interview for those applicants who fulfill the basic admission criteria. Applicants will be contacted after the final review by the Admissions Committee.

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Is there a minimum number of courses I must take each semester to finish on time?

Yes, 6 units per semester is the minimum number required to finish the program within 5 years (the maximum time allowed). The advanced nature of the MTS seminars requires that students must have completed a minimum amount of coursework before enrolling in Seminar III. For full-time students, the amount is 24 semester units; part-time students may not enroll in Seminar III until the final year of their matriculation in the program. If there are individual concerns those should be discussed with the Program Coordinator. More information on program requirements.

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Do MTS seminars and courses have to be taken in a particular order?

Yes. As an essential element of the MTS program, the seminars are sequenced so that each builds upon prior knowledge and experience. Regardless of whether enrolled as part-time or full-time, each student must take MTS Seminar I during the summer prior to the official "first semester," and Seminar II during the academic year which immediately follows. Seminar III and the Capstone Seminar must be taken within the same academic year. Other program requirements should also be taken in a certain sequence. Students should review the Sample Course Layouts for Full-time or Part-time MTS Students DSPT - PDF for further details.

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