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.


Fifty-nine percent of MTSO’s enrolled master’s students are United Methodists, with 15 faith traditions represented.


Eighteen faculty members teach at MTSO, along with fully affiliated, adjunct, and emeritus and retired teaching faculty.

Degree programs

MTSO offers six graduate degrees: the Master of Divinity prepares students for ordained ministry; the Master of Arts in Social Justice equips students to lead, organize, educate and collaborate in diverse contexts; 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 102,000 volumes. Borrowers have access to 46 million volumes from other libraries through the OhioLINK system.


Chapel services are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays 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 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 farm is an integral part of our campus and one example of our commitment to sustainability.

Tuition and financial aid

Our 2019-20 tuition is $804 per semester hour. Full-tuition scholarships are among the many financial-aid options we offer. The average non-loan aid award is $12,000 a year.

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.