Master of Theological Studies

ACTS Master of Theological Studies

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The Master of Theological Studies program provides academic, in-depth knowledge in one of 7 areas of theological studies in preparation for teaching or doctoral studies.


The two-year Master of Theological Studies program at ACTS Seminaries reflects a commitment to teaching and academic excellence. This degree program involves 50 semester hours of graduate study, and culminates in a written thesis that demonstrates competency in academic research.

The central core of the program offers a basic understanding of theological disciplines such as biblical studies, theology, and church history. This core serves as a foundation from which to engage in more focused study and research in one of seven possible areas of specialization:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology
  • Church History
  • Apologetics
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Septuagint Studies

The diversity and depth of the course offerings, and the flexibility of the program structure are augmented by an environment characterized by the personal attention and mentoring of faculty, and enriched further by interaction within the student community.

The program is ideal for those whose sense of vocation includes teaching and scholarship, doctoral studies, or for acquiring advanced training and knowledge for general educational purposes.

Our location on the campus of Trinity Western University provides access to one of the largest biblical and theological collections in the country, as well as interaction with faculty experts in a wide range of subjects at the premier Christian university in Canada.


  • Enhance students’ general knowledge of the theological disciplines including their content, methods, significant issues, interrelationships, and implications;
  • Deepen students’ understanding and sharpen their skills in an area of specialization;
  • Introduce students to the field of scholarly ministry and enhance research-writing skills through scholarly presentations and the preparation of a graduate thesis;
  • Help students develop foundational teaching competence;
  • Prepare students for further graduate work and/or for church related, educational, or community work.

Program Candidacy:

  • Admission to the Master of Theological Studies does not automatically confer candidacy for the degree.
  • As a specialized research program, the MTS demands a high level of proficiency in the discipline of specialization and the capacity to write a quality graduate thesis. Students are expected to maintain a grade point average consistent with graduation requirements for the degree.
  • Application for candidacy is normally made during the semester in which a student enrolls in their 18th semester hour. For full-time students this usually occurs during the second semester in the program.
  • In the event that a student’s application for candidacy is not approved, he or she may transfer into another degree program or initiate an appeal process with the ACTS Dean.
  • Thesis proposals will not be approved by the MTS Program Committee prior to candidacy.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of the 50 semester hours of graduate studies prescribed in the curriculum.
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours at ACTS. This limits the number of semester hours of credit that may be transferred into the program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) with 3.0 (B) in the area of specialization.
  • Completion of research requirements, which include: presentation of a satisfactory thesis that is no more than 25,000 words in length, that shows adequate research, balance and literary style, and that conforms to the format prescribed by the faculty; and successful passing of an oral examination based upon the thesis.
  • Give evidence of Christian faith, consistent character and conduct, and recommendation accordingly by the faculty.

Brian M. Rapske, Ph. D.
Master of Theology Program Chair

An established scholar, Brian strives to educate and encourage his students to live a life that interconnects the life of faith and the life of learning. He, himself, strives to emulate the words of pietist scholar Johann Albrecht Bengel: Apply thyself wholly to the text; apply the text wholly to thyself.”