The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is an academic program for graduate students seeking to dive deeply into theological reflection on the academic emphasis of their choosing as they prepare for a type of specialized ministry, community work or for further education. Topics immediately available include: race relations, gender studies, church & society, public theology, power politics, inter-cultural studies, inter-religious studies, and many more!

In addition, MDiv and MCL students have the option of adding one more year of focused course work onto their current studies, through the dual degree program, with the benefit of graduating with two master’s degrees.

The MTS is the most flexible and shortest of all degrees offered by Berkeley School of Theology. It is made up of 42 units, which can be completed in as little as two years, and is 100% online, yet courses can be taken on campus if desired.

Successful students will have:

  1. Evidenced an introductory knowledge of theology, and theological studies as they apply to contemporary social contexts.
  2. Engaged theologically diverse cohorts, groups, and communities of faith and learning.
  3. Gained expertise in an area of concentration of their own choosing. 

Interested In This Program?

Get more information by submitting our Request Information Form or begin your application by visiting our Apply page.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at or (510) 841-1905 ext 229.