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Master of Theological Studies Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of background do I need to apply? Are there prerequisites to apply?

We welcome students from all backgrounds. The only specific educational requirement is that you have a bachelor’s degree, but it does not need to be in Theology or Religious Studies. We find that students who come from different disciplines enrich our discussions, bring new insights and questions.

How do I apply for the program?

  1. Review the admission documents
  2. Access the online application
  3. Create an account and then proceed to completing the application

Once you submit the application you will be able to view your application document checklist and can return to upload documents later. If you have questions, please contact Graduate Admission at 410-617-5020.

Is a GRE test required for admission?

No, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required to apply. The test is optional if you choose to submit it, we accept the General GRE.

How many credits is the Master of Theological Studies program?

The program is 48 credits, made up of courses in Biblical Studies, Historical and Systematic Theology, Ethics, Comparative Theology, and language study.

Do you accept transfer credits into the program?

Yes, we accept up to 9 transfer credits. Credits must be for graduate level coursework from an accredited university, college, or seminary and the courses must be equivalent to courses offered in the MTS program.

Do you offer financial aid? Are there scholarships available?

Yes, students completing a specific number of courses and are permanent residents or US citizens can apply for federal financial aid. Applying for federal aid is a two-step process. In addition to federal aid all applicants will be considered for a limited number of program scholarships. The university offers a number of assistantships to students in a wide range of professional areas.

While Loyola does not offer 100% tuition scholarships, most students have the majority of their tuition covered through program scholarships and assistantships.

How many days a week is the program and what time do classes meet?

Classes typically meet one or two nights a week in the late afternoon and evening.

Where are the classes taken?

Classes are taken on the Evergreen Campus

Are there any online classes?

Currently, we do not offer online classes.

What is the difference between the MTS and the MTS - Research Track?

The MTS is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the various subdisciplines of theology and maximum flexibility through their electives. The MTS produces students who are equipped for a wide variety of professional and educational settings. The MTS - Research track is designed for those who intend to pursue doctoral-level studies after their time at Loyola. As such, there is a stronger emphasis on research languages and research methods.