Become a Student

Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.


Memphis Theological Seminary now offers a Night Track for our master’s degree programs. The program makes it possible for a working adult to obtain their MDiv or MACM while still maintaining their full-time job. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. A full time student may complete the MDiv in 4 years and the MACM may be completed in 3 years. Learn how you can become a student.



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Youth and Young Adults Ministry Track

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (Youth and Young Adult Ministry Track) equips students for competent leadership in ministry with young people in the church and in the world. This specialized ministry degree develops students in practical theological reflection as they develop a skill base for ministry with youth and young adults in the church and the world.

Students will be required to complete 48 graduate credit hours including a church internship in order to complete the degree in about three years of study. The curriculum reflects the mission of MTS by introducing students to theological scholarship, fostering their growth in spiritual faith and practice, and promoting the capacity to engage in ministry to young people that leads toward the just transformation of youth, the church, and the world.


  • Ministry to young people grounded in the study and critical interpretation of scripture, history, and Christian doctrine.
  • The ability to employ practical theological reflection and exercise the skills for ministry to young people in light of diverse cultural contexts.


  • Deepened self-awareness and personal health through personal and communal relationships for sustainable ministry leadership.
  • Increased openness to diverse perspectives and practical expressions of love for God and neighbor.


  • New perspectives on the dehumanization and oppression of young people and other groups through transformative encounters with personal and systemic injustice.
  • The ability to prepare young people for critical, creative, and compassionate responses to injustice guided by religious faith.

Core Courses

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible 3
Interpreting the New Testament 3
Introduction to Theological Study for Ministry 3
Christian Heritage I 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Christian Ethics 3
Total credits in Core Courses 18

Cultural Context

Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism (includes field education) 3
Total credits in Cultural Context 3

Youth and Young Adults Ministry

Christian Education and Spiritual Formation  3
Youth and Young Adult Minister as Pastor and Leader 3
Total credits in Youth and Young Adults Ministry 6

Youth and Young Adults Ministry Electives

Youth and Young Adults Ministry Elective 3
Youth and Young Adults Ministry Elective 3
Total credits in Youth and Young Adults Ministry Electives 6

Youth and Young Adults Ministry Practicum

Specialized Ministry Practicum 3
Total credits in Youth and Young Adults Ministry Practicum 3

Personal and Spiritual Formation

Formation for Ministry I 1.5
Formation for Ministry II 1.5
Total credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation 3

Free Electives

Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total credits in Free Electives 6

Specialized Ministry Practicum

Specialized Ministry Practicum 3
Total credits in Specialized Ministry Practicum 3

Integrative Seminar 

(taken after 36 hours or more are completed)

MACM Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3
Total credits in Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3


Total credits: 48



“Practicum” denotes practical education experience within a course. The emphasis within a practicum is the practice of specific ministry skills. This may take place in a classroom, chapel, a local church, or other appropriate setting. Practicums may vary in number of hours from 20 to 70 hours.

“Field Education” denotes 20 hours of practical education experience within a course that takes place outside of the regular classroom setting. The emphasis in field education is learning that takes place through interaction with people and organizations related to the field of study.

“Immersion” denotes at least 50% of class time will take place outside of the traditional classroom setting. Immersions typically involve more field education than practicum.

Colloquia Credits:  MACM students are required to earn 6 theological colloquia credits. The colloquia are administration and faculty-approved events held on campus or other events approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Required GPA for Graduation: Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Requirements for Ordination: Memphis Theological Seminary offers additional courses that meet ordination requirements for certain denominations. Students seeking ordination should consult their denomination officials to ascertain current requirements and procedures.

NOTE: Degree requirements listed here are for overview purposes only. Official degree requirements are found in the most current Academic Catalog or on current degree sheets.


Students should be able to understand and critically interpret scripture, history, and Christian theology.

Cultural Context

Students should be able to analyze local and global contexts and respectfully explore culturally non-
dominant perspectives in light of Christian tradition.


Students should be able to show growth in personal faith, emotional maturity, and moral integrity.


Students should be able to employ practical theological reflection and exercise skills within youth and
young adults ministry.

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 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2020 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 15, 2020
Virtual New Student Orientation
August 24, 2020
First day of Fall 2020 Classes

October 1, 2020
2021-2022 FAFSA Opens

MTS School Code G10529

November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Spring 2021 Early Admission deadline
January 15, 2021
MTS Spring 2021 Admission deadline
January 16, 2021
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
January 25, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes
April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for DMin program
May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Fall 2021 Early Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 13, 2021
MTS Fall 2021 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

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. Fekecia Gunn

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

Director, Enrollment Services

Fekecia is a graduate of The University of Tulsa (2004) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2012). She currently serves as Youth Minister at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN.  

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Rev. Walter Henry

Rev. Walter Henry

Enrollment Services Assistant

Walter graduated from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1995 and completed his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a projected graduation date of May 2021.

Walter was appointed to serve the gracious and loving people at St. James AME Church in the heart of North Memphis.  He shares, "I am blessed to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Henry Logan Starks."

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Luke Waters
Luke Waters

Admissions Associate/Recruiter

Luke graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Politics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Luke began his professional career working as an AmeriCorps Facilitator at BRIDGES, USA where he spent a year guiding hundreds of students through social justice and youth leadership workshops. Luke was passionate about continuing to work with youth, so he moved to New York City to serve as a Service Learning Coordinator at buildOn, Inc.

Luke is incredibly excited about the incredible ecumenical and inclusive community at MTS and is looking forward to getting to know prospective students and helping them pursue their calling.

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Rev. Dr. Felecia R. LaVant
Rev. Dr. Felecia R. LaVant

Admissions Associate/Recruiter

Felecia completed both her MDIV(2014) and DMIN(2020) degrees at Memphis Theological Seminary, and appreciates how MTS equips men and women to serve in ministry both in the church and the world. She serves as an Associate Minister at Central Baptist Church, Inc. and is the proud mother of daughters, Andraea LaVant and Alexandria Johnson.

Felecia is passionate about helping people become equipped to walk fully in their God ordained purpose. you will often hear her say “Customer satisfaction is my primary goal!” and you leave her presence believing it too.

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