Program Overview

The Master of Theological Studies degree is designed for students who want to explore the major areas of contemporary theology: Biblical studies, historical theology, and moral theology. The program serves the growing number of professionals engaged in theological and ministerial work in churches and schools and those simply interested in becoming better informed Christians and leaders within the community.

The MTS program can also be done at the undergraduate level to receive a Certificate of Theological Studies.




33 Credits

Time To Degree:

2 Years

Faculty Count:


Program Goals

Explore the depth and breadth of Christian Theology in a program designed on the principle of “faith seeking understanding.”

Designed primarily for adult students who are working full-time in their professions or homes, the MTS program builds the foundation of critical tools, methods of analysis and solid theological reflection and culminates in practical application of theological knowledge.

The program recognizes that Theology is a true science with its own criteria of analysis and reflection, which at the same time is based on faith, the human encounter with the mystery of God.

Career Outlook

Students in this theological studies graduate program will have a deeper connection with their faith and have the ability to articulate and spread the Christian faith as we are meant to. This program emphasizes faith, reflection, and analysis, providing students with critical thinking skills that are extremely valuable to employers. Graduates can work in ministries, churches, non-profits, and religious organizations as leaders in faith and service.

“My studies at Spring Hill College provided me a strong foundation to continue my work to serve others that are most in need. The Masters in Theological Studies program truly helps you understand our own Catholic faith in a deep and rich way, as well as the faith of all others including those who choose to not have a specific belief. This has been critical to my growth as Executive Director of a Foundation that provides scholarships to the underserved communities to attend Catholic schools where quite often, our scholars are not Catholic themselves. Spring Hill College’s Theology program truly helped me have a wider lens of how to love others and help create the beloved community here on earth.” – Joe Barker


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Graduate theology studies at Spring Hill College is built on over 30 years of adult theological formation in the Southeast. Deeply rooted in Catholic tradition with an ecumenical vision that enters into dialogue with the many frontiers of the 21st century.

  • Christopher Viscardi

    Professor, Philosophy and Theology

  • Nelida Naveros-Cordova

    Assistant Professor Theology, Graduate Program Director

  • Matthew Bagot

    Associate Professor

  • John Switzer

    Professor Emeritus – Adjunct

  • Stephen Wilson


  • George Gilmore


Why SHC?

At Spring Hill College, we’re making our mark – With our small class sizes and affordable tuition, Spring Hill College is uniquely qualified to provide a high quality education to our students. Our Jesuit, Catholic college education is renowned as a well-rounded higher education approach, with an emphasis on empowering students with a passion for knowledge and personal growth. With our recent tuition cut, Spring Hill College is now one of the most affordable private colleges in the country.

We’re curious and inspired – Forbes Magazine has ranked Spring Hill College as one of the top ten best colleges for return on investment (ROI). In our class of 2019, 99.5% of graduates attained placement six months after graduation through employment, graduate/professional school, internship or service.

We’re doers – Our students contribute 24,000 hours on average to the local community through the Foley Center each year. 100% of the 2020 graduates that applied to medical school were accepted. Spring Hill College has a 100% certification rate and a 92% placement rate with our Education program over the last five years.

The MTS, MPS and Certificate in Pastoral Ministry programs are open to all applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree, in any field, with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the 4.0 scale. Required prerequisite hours in theology or religion (6 hours) for the MTS or MPS may be completed after acceptance to the program.

SHC offers a significantly reduced tuition rate of $345 an hour for students enrolled in our Graduate Programs of Theology & Ministry.  Limited assistance is also available through scholarships and financial aid. Contact the department for more information.


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