Memphis Theological Seminary’s vision of theological education for ministry engages students throughout their studies in the practice of ministry. The MTS curriculum integrates theological study with practical experience in a variety of ministry settings. Five different courses spread throughout the curriculum have practicums.

Additionally, students are required to take at least one “immersion” course in which the classroom becomes the city, farms and rural churches, the courts and jails, or a place of hospitality for homeless persons.

All of the faculty at MTS are experienced practitioners of ministry, ranging from congregational settings in both urban and rural areas to non-profit organizations to chaplaincies. They know how to connect seminary education with the practice of ministry.

Finally, at MTS we know that preparation for ministry is not only about the head, but also about relationship with God in a community of faith. Formation for Ministry, regular opportunities for worship, time for prayer in the chapel, and colloquies with visiting scholars and activists, ensure that students have the space to develop spiritually as they prepare for ministry.

We are dedicated to educating students so that they are well prepared to have a lively imagination for ministry, open to challenges, ready for difficult days, and committed to serving God through service in the church and the broader community.


Below you will find a list of our degree programs. Click on the name of the degree for more information and degree requirements. Let us know how we can be a part of answering your call to ministry. Click here for our degree comparison sheet.


The Pre-Seminary Program (PSP) provides a pathway for students with significant ministry experience but with less than 50 undergraduate credit hours to demonstrate their call, character, and capacity for graduate-level theological studies.
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The MDiv is a professional degree that prepares you to be a transformational leader in ministry. Theological instruction combined with hands-on ministry experience in immersive courses and practicums offers the knowledge and skills necessary for creative pastoral ministry.
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The MACM equips those working in non-profits, campus ministry, para-church, missions, business, or other fields. This degree prepares you to lead within your vocation.
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The DMin is designed to increase the ability of servant leaders to analyze and reform ministry and to empower constituents for discipleship in the world. It is the highest degree in the practice of ministry. We have 10 tracks to choose from.
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The Certificate in Foundations for Ministry is designed for persons without a bachelor’s degree who seek theological education to provide a foundation for ministry.
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For those who already have a an MDiv or masters level degree in theological studies, the Certificate in Spiritual Direction consists of 18 hours of graduate level work. Fifteen of those hours are in the required core courses with one additional course elective.
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Have you ever wanted to sit in on a seminary class and gain some theological education but not worry about doing homework, taking exams, or writing papers?

Members of the community and current students are welcome to audit any master’s level class at Memphis Theological Seminary. If you have a desire to learn and to participate in theological education, but not to earn academic credit, you should consider this option.

Auditors do not pay tuition, but must pay an auditing fee and are not eligible for financial aid. LEARN MORE

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students take MTS master’s level courses for graduate credit but without committing to a degree program. These students must still go through the MTS application process and pay regular tuition.

Email or Call us to let us know if there are any courses you are interesting in taking.  

Important Admission and Financial Aid dates 

NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.


August 13, 2023
Fall 2023 admission deadline for
Master’s & Certificate programs
August 21-24, 2023
Fall 2023 New Student Orientation and Residency I
August 21, 2023
First day of Fall 2023 classes
October 1, 2023
2024-2025 FAFSA Opens
MTS School Code G10529
December 31, 2023
Spring 2024 scholarship application deadline
& Spring 2024 early admission deadline
January 19, 2024
Spring 2024 admission deadline for Master’s & Certificate programs
January 22-25, 2024
Spring 2024 New Student Orientation and Residency I
January 22, 2024
First day of Spring 2024 classes
April 30, 2024
Admission deadline for DMin program
May 31, 2024
Fall 2024 scholarship application
deadline & Fall 2024 early admission deadline
for Master’s &

Certificate programs
August 1, 2024
Fall 2024 admission deadline for Master’s &
Certificate programs


Click the ICON if you are ready to apply to a degree program. We offer online applications for a streamlined process.


Schedule A Visit

Click on the ICON if you would like to schedule a visit. We offer virtual open houses, information sessions, individual sessions, class previews and virtual tours to offer to prospective students.

Request Info

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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.

Rev. Dr. Barry Anderson


Latasha Phillips