- 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.
- What degrees does MTS offer?
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts (Religion) (MAR) – both are broad-based degrees in which students do not claim a major field of study, but instead have the freedom to choose electives in such a way as to focus on a specific area of interest or to take full advantage of the wide range of classes offered.
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) – a more specialized degree that combines core courses with unique electives in a cohort experience.
- Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – for ordained ministers who have been in full-time ministry for at least three years since earning their Master of Divinity.
- 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 Director 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 MAR 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! In fact, in the Spring 2012 semester, 46% of the student body were women. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was one of the first church bodies to ordain women as elders and ministers, ordaining Louisa Woosley to word and sacrament in 1889. The United Methodist Church, our largest single denomination, strongly supports women in ministry, as do the other 30+ denominations represented in our student body.
- 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.