Quick Facts

This is MTSO at a glance.

Church affiliation

MTSO is one of 13 seminaries and theological schools affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


Sixty-one percent of MTSO’s enrolled master’s students are United Methodists, with 20 faith traditions represented. Of those students who choose to identify their race or ethnicity, 24 percent identify themselves as minority or international students.


Nineteen faculty members teach at MTSO, along with fully affiliated, adjunct, and emeritus and retired teaching faculty; 95 percent of our faculty members have earned doctoral degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 9 to 1.

Degree programs

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.


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 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Alford Centrum. Services generally last less than an hour, and the public is welcome.

Outdoor facilities

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.

Seminary Hill Farm

Our USDA-certified organic farm is an integral part of our campus and one example of our commitment to sustainability.

Tuition and financial aid

Our 2016-17 tuition is $681 per semester hour. Full-tuition scholarships are among the many financial-aid options we offer.

Housing and dining

We offer 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 fresh food, much of it from Seminary Hill Farm, in 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.