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Frequently Asked Questions


Are there other entry points, besides fall and spring semester?
Yes, students may start in the program during the summer sessions. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our admitted students with regard to entry points.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in religious studies or theology?
No, however, all students are required to have successfully completed a minimum of six credits in theology/religious studies from an accredited institution.  

When and where are classes held?
At the De Pere Site, classes are usually held on campus weekday evenings, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturday mornings. At the New Mexico site, classes are usually taught on Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays. Because classroom discussion is an essential component of the MTS program’s learning experience, online classes are generally not offered.

What if I need to miss a class?
Classroom attendance policies are set at the discretion of faculty; there is not a general attendance policy that applies broadly to the program. It is recommended that any schedule conflicts be discussed with faculty prior to registering for a course.

How many total credits are required to complete the MTS program?
Thirty-two credits are required for graduation. Eighteen credits are earned through the core courses and ten are earned through the elective courses. The course work is completed with a two credit colloquium course which prepares the student for the thesis. This course is typically offered only in the summer semester in De Pere and fall semester in Albuquerque. The final two credits are earned with the completion of the thesis which is split between the two semesters directly following the colloquium.

How long will the MTS program take to complete?
Each student sets his or her own pace for the program, based on personal and professional schedules. Under normal conditions students at the De Pere site can complete course work in four to five semesters and at the New Mexico site in six semesters with the thesis then taking an additional two semesters. Completion within seven years of the students start of the program is required, though a student may apply for an exception, barring special circumstances.

What is the Certificate of Theological Competency?
The Certificate of Theological Competency is typically for those students who already have a master's degree in another area but lack a theological background. Students working toward the certificate take all six of the core courses and complete a final paper.


Transfer Credits

Will courses from another graduate program transfer in? If so, how many?
Courses from other programs may be considered upon individual review. Except under special circumstances, up to six credits can transfer.

Who reviews and approves transferable courses? What will be the process?
At the request of the applicant, the program director will review the student or applicant’s request and determine if a course is transferable. The course description must be submitted and if available the course syllabus. The official transcript from the granting institution will be needed to complete the approved transfer.

If you have further concerns or questions, please contact Brenda Busch, graduate admission counselor, at or 920-403-3942.

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