General - Biblical, Theological & Historical Studies



The Master of Theological Studies (MTS General Studies) program is designed for those wishing to study for personal growth while developing and integrating faith and theology in their vocation within church and society, but are are not interested in serving as ordained pastors in the Lutheran Church. Other denominations may recognize this degree as valuable preparation for serving as a pastor in their church.

Program Goal

The aim of the MTS (General Studies) is fourfold, namely to:

  1. Provide opportunity for the academic study of theology at an advanced level.
  2. Provide personal enrichment and strengthen the theological/religious basis for leadership in lay and secular contexts.

  3. Foster the integration of faith and practice within the church and community.

  4. Create an intellectual and religious/spiritual platform for challenging social inequities and injustices, and advancing reconciliation, especially as these pertain to countering imperialism and colonization in Canadian contexts.


The MTS curriculum is comprised of 45 credits, which include courses, seminars, colloquiums and capstones.  A thesis or presentation option may replace two elective courses.

The program is, at a minimum, a two year course of study.  Students may study part time for four to five years.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university.
    • A World Religions course is strongly recommended.
    • For those over the age of 31 and without a BA or its equivalent, LTS will consider successful completion of a LTS Prior Learning Assessment application. .
  2. Completion of the online MTS Application for Admission, plus
    • submission of supporting documents as outlined in the application form (such as transcripts, references (3), autobiographical statement, etc.).
    • submission of the application fee.
  3. For those whose first language is not English, they must successfully complete one of two options: 1) a DUOLINGO English overall test score of 120, OR 2) a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, or if the TOEFL IBT is not available, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) is a prerequisite

Tuition / Fees

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