MTSO at a Glance
MTSO is one of 13 seminaries and theological schools affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Of MTSO’s 224 enrolled master’s students, 59 percent are United Methodists, with 20 faith traditions represented. Eighteen percent of those studying here identify themselves as minority and international students.
Seventeen full-time and 15 part-time faculty members teach at MTSO; 94 percent of our faculty members have earned doctoral degrees. The student-faculty ratio is
10 to 1.
MTSO offers five graduate degrees: the Master of Divinity prepares students for ordained ministry; the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries provides an education in counseling, with tracks in chemical dependency and pastoral counseling; the Master of Theological Studies offers concentrated study in academic areas of theology; the Master of Arts in Practical Theology serves students planning educational and youth ministry; the Doctor of Ministry is an advanced degree program for professionals in ministry.
MTSO offers many courses you might expect, and some you might not, from “Intermediate Biblical Hebrew” and “Women in the New Testament World” to “Christian-Muslim Relations” and “Theology and Film.”
The Dickhaut Library, whose white-columned portico greets visitors to the campus, contains more than 130,000 volumes. Borrowers have access to 48 million volumes from other libraries through the OhioLINK system.
Chapel services are held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Alford Centrum. Services generally last less than an hour, and the public is welcome.
Our campus features a mile-long walking path, an outdoor chapel, a community garden, a pond graced by a gazebo and a labyrinth, and, hidden under a canopy of trees near a quiet stream, the Chiles Memorial Garden.
Tuition and financial aid
Housing and dining
We offer a range of student accommodations, from small apartments for those who are on campus only a few nights per week to townhome apartments for married students and families. Students also are served by the Café at Dunn Dining Hall, which is open when classes are in session.
MTSO is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.