Theology Programs

MTS Program Description

"Despite a sincere eagerness to make their faith come alive, many adult Catholics find themselves ill-prepared for this task. The MTS program is designed to give adult working professionals the intellectual skills to engage with a critical creativity the relevant issues of their field. Whether they are in the courtroom, the operating room, or the art studio, these women and men learn to read the signs of the times and to proclaim the Gospel with both compassion and clarity."
- Fr. Christopher Renz, OP, Academic Dean, DSPT


The mission of DSPT is to prepare women and men for effective leadership in the Church and the world. 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.


The 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 HandbookPDF. 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.

MTS degree admission procedures
MTS degree requirements

Goals and Outcomes

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:

  1. Bring interpretive skills gleaned from the philosophical, theological and/or biblical traditions of inquiry to bear upon a chosen field of theological study which is specifically chosen because it relates to their own profession and provides the focus for theological interpretation [Deep Learning] and will demonstrate the following outcomes:
    • the ability to interpret theological texts in a contemporary context;
    • a specialized knowledge in a particular area of theology which is relevant and useful to their primary profession;
  2. Understand how to engage in fruitful conversations with communities of the local Church, academy, or society. [Effective Leadership, viz. Service-oriented, Responsible Collaborator], and will demonstrate the following outcomes:
    • the capacity to identify key issues within their profession relevant to the contemporary Church, local academy, or society;
    • the capacity to formulate a meaningful response to the identified issue(s).