The term “Master of Science in Theology” derives from Thomas Aquinas’s understanding that theology is the “queen of the sciences.” That is, all bodies of knowledge and pursuits of truth are consummated by and held together in a coherent form by theology. “Theology” includes the various sub-disciplines of theological inquiry, including Biblical studies, Christian faith and heritage, missions, and pastoral ministry. At APNTS the theological framework for these sub-disciplines is Wesleyan.
Whereas the Master of Divinity is a professional degree, the M.S.T. is an academic degree. Alone, it does not prepare a person for ordination. The Master of Science in Theology prepares graduates for specialized teaching in a specific discipline at undergraduate Bible and theological colleges. With the exception of the M.S.T. in Pastoral Ministry, the M.S.T. also helps prepare students for further graduate work.
Only students with Master of Divinity degrees (or the equivalent) are accepted in the M.S.T. in Pastoral Ministry. For the other M.S.T. programs, only students with a first degree in theology or religious studies who have graduated with honors (or with a grade point average of no less than B+) may be accepted. A proven level of English proficiency is required also. The M.S.T. in Pastoral Ministry requires an English score of no less than 510 (as measured by the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language, or the equivalent), and the other M.S.T. programs require 550.
Up to one-half of the 48 units required for the M.S.T. may be transferred from other master’s programs. A student who has already earned the Master of Divinity may be able to finish the Master of Science in Theology with one additional year of study.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN THEOLOGY (BIBLICAL STUDIES)
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN THEOLOGY (CHRISTIAN FAITH AND HISTORY)
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN THEOLOGY (INTER-CULTURAL STUDIES)
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN THEOLOGY (PASTORAL MINISTRY)
M.S.T. (PASTORAL MINISTRY) COURSE SEQUENCE