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Admissions Fast Answers

From the time it takes to earn a degree to MTSO’s enlightened approach to online courses, here’s some basic info on things you might be wondering about.

Have a question that doesn’t seem to be answered? Please ask via e-mail or by calling 800-333-6876.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

The Master of Divinity can be completed in three years of full-time study, although about half of our full-time students in this program take four years.

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Master of Theological Studies can be completed in two years of full-time study, though many full-time students in these programs take three years.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries requires two or three years of full-time study, depending on the track chosen. Full-time students in this program usually graduate within the two- or three-year time frame.

Dual-degree students are welcome at MTSO. Because some courses are common to more than one degree, dual-degree students can finish in four to five years.

The Doctor of Ministry is designed as a four-year program. It can take longer depending on the time needed to complete the culminating professional project.

Certificate program students are most often enrolled on a part-time basis. Certificates can usually be earned in one to three years of part-time study.

How soon can I start taking classes?

New master’s students may begin at the start of either the Fall or Spring Semester. If you’re a master’s student with graduate transfer credit, you may be able to begin during a January or summer intensive term. Certificate and certification students may start with any term. Doctor of Ministry cohorts begin with a one-week on-campus intensive session each summer.

For specific dates, consult our academic calendar for 2013-14 or 2014-15.

What are the application deadlines?

Master’s and certificate student are admitted year around on a rolling basis. Deadlines are posted here. However, you must be admitted in order to be eligible for a scholarship or other financial aid.

Fall Semester applicants must be admitted by Feb. 1 to be eligible for the Harding Scholarship (full tuition plus a $10,000 annual stipend). For all other awards, there is a priority deadline of February 1, though some Fall Semester scholarships may be awarded throughout spring and summer.

The scholarship priority deadline for Spring Semester applicants is Dec. 1, though some Spring Semester scholarships may be awarded throughout December and January.

New Doctor of Ministry cohort groups begin meeting each summer. The application deadline for new summer cohorts is April 20.

Is there an application fee?

There are no application fees for master’s, certificate or occasional students. The Doctor of Ministry application fee is $50.

What help can I get with tuition?

Thanks to the generosity of deeply committed donors, one in five current MTSO students benefits from a full-tuition scholarship. In addition to our more than 40 full-tuition awards, we’re able to offer many partial-tuition scholarships. Other financial aid is available, as are more than 30 on-campus work-study positions. Learn more here.

Can I arrange a visit?

Yes. Go to our page on visits to see how easy it is. We offer both individual visits and regularly scheduled open houses. Both offer the opportunity to tour campus, talk with admissions and financial aid counselors, sit in on a class, and meet faculty members and current students. Be sure to ask about our free overnight on-campus housing. To ensure a productive trip, please contact us in advance. Schedule your visit now.

Do you have more detailed information?

We do. For a thorough explanation of our admission requirements and process, visit this page.

And feel free to contact an admissions counselor directly by e-mail or phone: 800-333-6876.