Basic DegreeMaster of Theological Studies (MTS)
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) was launched in 2005 in response to requests from Christians who, while not considering full-time Christian ministry, seek to be trained theologically, so as to serve effectively as lay leaders in the Church or bear witness authentically to the gospel in the market place. This degree programme is open to anyone who has obtained at least a basic degree in any discipline from a recognised university. The programme covers all the main theological disciplines, but also allows enough flexibility for students to pursue their special interests.
The programme is designed to be completed in two years, when a full load is taken. However, students who are residents in Singapore have up to six years to complete it.
To graduate, a student must:
1) Complete all core courses and community requirements;
2) Fulfil at least 64 credit hours;
3) Obtain an average GPA score of at least 2.3.
Should the candidate receive a call to full-time Christian ministry while studying for the degree, he or she may apply for transfer to the MDiv programme. Many holders of the MTS have, over the years, successfully applied to seminaries or universities in the West for doctoral studies in theology.
I had assumed that theological education would be a walk in the park. It was a walk all right – in “Jurassic Park”! Without the unceasing support and prayers of TTC faculty, staff and fellow students, I would have been “devoured” and left for dead. This may not be a bad thing. After all, and as another theologian once quipped, it is not understanding, reading or speculation but living – no, dying and being damned – that makes a theologian.
My heart is filled with thankfulness for the journey God has taken me through TTC. The rigorous and robust educational experience has enlightened the eyes of my heart to the glorious riches in Christ, His life-giving Word and Works. I’m very thankful for spiritual friendships forged, for gracious and faithful lecturers who teach not just with their lips but with their lives.