At Memphis Theological Seminary, students may choose from fully online classes that are either synchronous or asynchronous, and on campus classes that meet either monthly or weekly.
In synchronous online courses, students participate in class online at a specific day and time each week. The professor and students interact during the online class time. Additional online instruction and learning may include additional video lectures, discussion groups, quizzes, tests, and other assignments. Synchronous courses offer regular “face-time” with the professor and other students to build community while also having the flexibility of not coming to campus.
In asynchronous online courses, students engage with instructor designed instructional materials each week at any time they choose. Online lectures, discussion groups, quizzes, and other assignments are completed on a class schedule. Asynchronous classes do not include “live” classroom time with the instructor and fellow students. Instructors are regularly available, however, through email, zoom meetings, and class discussion groups. In asynchronous courses, students participate in an online community of instruction and learning, while also having significant flexibility in scheduling their course work.
Hyflex courses meet once a week either on campus or online via zoom. Students may opt to meet on campus for the whole class, or to participate completely online, or to alternate as their schedule allows. In addition to the weekly class meeting, students complete additional online instruction and learning following an assigned schedule.
Monthly intensive courses gather students on campus every four weeks for in person classes, shared worship and shared meals. During the other weeks, students receive online instruction and participate in an online community of learning. These courses blend the best of in person class experience with the flexibility of online course work. Monthly intensive courses integrate in person and online learning activities so that they complement, reinforce, and build upon one another.
Three Residency Classes for All Students
Whether students do all or most of their classes online or on campus, MTS believes that personal interaction is crucial for preparation for ministry and thus for a seminary education.
All students participate in three one-week residency classes that take place at the beginning, the middle, and the end of their studies.
The first residency, “Introduction to Theological Studies for Ministry” welcomes students to MTS and opens up the field of theological studies in relationship to preparation for ministry. There is also time for shared worship, meals, meeting all of the professors and other staff, along with engagement with the distinctive culture of Memphis.
The second residency is an Interfaith-Intercultural (IFC) immersion class. Though the topics vary, in this residency students have extensive interaction with persons and places from different faith traditions and in relation to a contemporary social issue.
The third residency is the Integrative Seminar, either for the MDiv or the MACM. In this capstone residency, students reflect on their studies in light of the practice of ministry and in relation to their future plans for ministry.
Below you will find descriptions of each program and a link to our online application. Click on the name of the degree for more information or click on Learn More for the course and degree requirements. Let us know how we can be a part of answering your call to ministry.
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Memphis Theological Seminary is the standard path to ordained ministry. Full-time students can expect a minimum three-year program of study. Full-time students who take the night track can expect a minimum of four years. The 84-hour program includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience through immersions and practicums. Its curriculum acquaints students with theological disciplines and encourages communal exploration in the life of the church, so that graduates will serve the church as leaders in greater faithfulness to God. LEARN MORE
Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is available for ministers who have a Master of Divinity from an accredited seminary and who desire a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry. 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. LEARN MORE
Master of Arts Christian Ministry
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is designed to integrate biblical and theological studies with practical training for a specialized ministry. The degree offers students the opportunity to integrate theological reflection with the practice of lay professional ministry or other Christian service in various Christian organizations. This degree would help to prepare persons to serve as lay, deacon, or recognized ministers in a specialized form of ministry. It is not a degree for those preparing for pastoral leadership within a congregation. LEARN MORE
Korean Doctor of Ministry
The Korean Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is available for ministers who have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary and who desire a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry. 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. LEARN MORE
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
To share this Gospel requires serious theological study of the Scriptures, our cultural context, our moral lives, and ways in which the Gospel might be shared.
Through a directed course of study in Memphis Theological Seminary classes, guided by regular participation in a ministry seminar, students will gain a basic theological education consisting of biblical study, along with cultural and moral analysis in relation to ministry. LEARN MORE
Flexible: earn your degree either online or on campus, or with a mixture of the two with our MemFlex approach you select the course delivery that works best for you!
Practical: every class is taught by practitioner professors who are pastors, activists in the community, or leaders of non-profits, there are internships, immersion experiences, and community engagement opportunities throughout the course of study.
Solid Biblical and Theological Foundations: our curriculum ensures that you will have the biblical and theological knowledge and tools to provide pastoral leadership in a complex world and an ever-evolving church.
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.