FAQs

Admissions

  • 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 do not have a bachelor’s degree it is possible to audit courses at MTS. 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. Contact the Admissions office to receive an application form for auditors.
  • How do I apply for admission to MTS?
    Make sure you meet the admission criteria above, then contact the Admissions Office for an application packet. The deadlines for application on the master’s level are August 10 for the fall semester, and January 10 for the spring semester. The deadline for D.Min. applications is March 31 for programs beginning in July and October 31 of the previous year for programs beginning in January.
  • How much is tuition?
    Tuition is currently $440 per semester hour. Almost all of our courses are three semester hours.
  • 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. Click here to see a schedule of classes. 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 M.Div. is an 87 hour program, which is designed to be completed in three years. The M.A.R. degree is a 48 hour program, which is designed to be completed in 2 years. 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.
  • Does MTS admit women?
    Yes. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was one of the first church bodies to ordain women as elders and ministers. Louisa Woosley was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament in 1889. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church and MTS continue fully to support women in ministry. Approximately one-third of our student body is female.
  • 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.

Business Office

  • 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. We do not accept credit card payments online or over the phone, at this time.
  • 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 cannot accept credit card payments online at this time. We hope to have this option available soon.
  • 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 MTS email 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 catalogue. 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.

Library

  • Where do I go to search for books or videorecordings?
    Use the library’s online catalog.
  • Where do I go to search for periodical articles, book reviews, and essays?
    Use FirstSearch or the Tennessee Electronic Library. For theological topics, the best database is usually the ATLA Religion Index on FirstSearch.
  • 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.