FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I have a bachelor’s degree, but it’s not in religion. Can I still apply?
Yes. While a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, that degree may be in any field. MTS has students with educational backgrounds in psychology, history, religion, engineering, finance, law… you name it.
- I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still come to MTS?
If you are interested in taking classes at MTS, but do not have a bachelor’s degree there are two options:
- If you are simply interested in a particular class, anyone has the option of auditing a class at MTS as long as there is a seat. Auditors are those students who take a course without receiving academic credit. Most classes are available for auditing, and permission of the instructor may be required. First priority will go to degree seeking students, so auditors don’t officially know if there is room until the first full week of classes
- People who would like to seek education in ministry, but do not have a bachelor’s degree can apply to be a part of the Netter’s Certificate in Ministry Program. There are no education requirements for these certification classes and these classes are not for credit. The program is designed for persons who are active in congregational life and desire high-level theological education for associate ministers, Sunday School Teachers, committee chairpersons and others who serve the Church.
- Can I be admitted in the Drug & Alcohol Addiction Counseling program with out a Bachelors degree?
In order to be admitted into this certificate program students must have a bachelors degree. The bachelors degree does not have to be in any particular area.
- Can I get financial aid?
Limited financial aid opportunities are available. For more information about Federal Financial Aid through the Stafford Loan program, United Methodist and Cumberland Presbyterian Denominational Service Loans, Veterans’ Benefits and other scholarships, please contact the Coordinator of Financial Aid, John Stygles (jstygles@MemphisSeminary.edu)
- I work full-time and have a family, how can I find the time to be a full-time student?
All of our classes are on block scheduling, which means that each class meets one day a week for three hours. Approximately one-third of our students live over 100 miles away and commute to school. Overnight housing for commuters is available, which means that you can be a full-time student and still only be away from home and work one or two days a week.
- How long will it take me to complete a degree?
The MDiv is an 84 hour program, which is designed to be completed in three years for those who are full-time students. MTS now has an night track for students who are only able to take evening courses. The night track can be completed in four years for those who are full-time students. The MAR degree is a 36 hour program, which is designed to be completed in two years full-time and three years for the night track full-time. The MACM degree is 42 hours, which is designed to be completed in two years full-time and three years for the night track full-time. The MAYM is 48 hours and is completed in three years, this program does not have a night track. Your actual time for completion will depend on how many classes you are able to take each semester.
- I feel called to seminary, but I don’t know exactly what God wants me to do. Which degree program should I choose?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most people whom God calls take a while to figure out the details of their call. Switching from one degree program to the other is easy if done early enough. You may also apply as a non-degree-seeking student and earn up to 12 hours credit while deciding which degree to pursue.
- Am I too old to go back to school?
No. The average age of our entering student is 42. We recently graduated a 73-year-old. You are never too old to answer God’s call on your life.
- When is my payment due?
Tuition is always due on or before the first day of class.
- Where can I mail my payment?
168 E. Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104 Attn: Bursar’s Office.
- Can I register for the next semester if I have an outstanding balance?
Unfortunately, if a student account remains unpaid, the account is placed on hold at mid-term. Our computer system will not allow registration or issuance of a transcript when there is an outstanding balance.
- Can I pay my fees before I receive an invoice?
Yes. Fees can be paid as soon as you register for a class.
- Can I pay my fees over the phone or online by credit card?
You can make a credit card payment over the phone. We do not accept credit card payments online at this time.
- How should my check be made out?
Make your check payable to “Memphis Theological Seminary” and write your student ID number on the check.
- How do I receive my excess financial aid funds?
Refund checks are ready within 7 days after the funds have been received by MTS. The Business Office makes it the highest priority to prepare the refunds as soon as possible. You will be contacted by the Business Office through your student MTS email address when your refund and paperwork are ready. You will need to bring your current drivers license with you. Also, please note that even if you do not receive a refund, you are still required to sign additional paperwork. Any inquiries concerning refund checks before 7 days only slows down the process.
- What if I decide I am not going to attend classes this term?
There is a refund schedule in the financial section of the MTS catalog. It is your responsibility to withdraw or drop any classes within the appropriate time frame to receive a credit and there is an additional drop/add fee of $25 assessed to your account.
- Where do I go to search for books or video recordings?
Use the library’s online catalog or WorldCat.
- Where do I go to search for periodical articles, book reviews, and essays?
Use EBSCOHost search for access to the ATLA Religion database or the Tennessee Electronic Library.
- Can I renew materials without coming to the library?
Yes, but only once and only if they’re not already overdue. Call the library or renew online using the library catalog.
- What is my patron ID number?
It is the number on the barcode on the back of your student ID or library card.
- Who can get a library card?
Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of MTS can receive a library card with no charge. Other persons wishing to obtain a library card may purchase one for $25 per year.
- How do I contact the library?
You can email the library at library@MemphisSeminary.edu or call 901.334.5858
Rev. Melissa Malinoski
Director of Admissions
Melissa graduated from Bethel University in 1999 and from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002. As an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Melissa has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. She is married to Rev. T.J. Malinoski. They are the parents of a son, Morgen and a daughter, Madeline.
We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.
Joanna completed her undergrad from Southwest Baptist University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry in 2013 from Memphis Theological Seminary. She has worked and served in youth ministry since 2007, currently serves with Junior High youth at Germantown CP Church. Missouri CP Presbytery certified her as a Youth Minister in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband Neal moved from Nashville where they both served in youth ministry to Memphis in the summer of 2015 and love living in the Midtown area.
Rev. Felecia LaVant
Felecia completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Fisk University in 1982, and MDiv at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2014. She serves as an Associate Minister and the Director of Christian Education at Central Baptist Church, Inc. Felecia also volunteers with Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Andraea and Alexandria.
Rev. Byron Forester
Byron is a graduate of Bethel University (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Benton Co. MS and as Coordinator of Ministries for West Tennessee Presbytery. He participates and serves in several ministries to people who are unsheltered. Byron and his wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.