Academic Programs and Degree Requirements

MTSO offers educational opportunities for individuals engaged in many forms of ministry and service.

Graduate degree programs

Master’s degrees: Our five master’s degrees offer a wealth of options for effective ministry. Choose from the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Master of Theological Studies.

Doctor of Ministry degree: The church needs transformative leaders equipped with advanced skills. The Doctor of Ministry unlocks new possibilities in ministry for busy mid-career professionals.

United Methodist clergy in the West Ohio Conference are eligible to apply for the West Ohio Conference Alford-Cantlin Fellows Doctor of Ministry cohort at MTSO.

Non-degree programs

Certificate programs: MTSO offers three certificates, for both laity and those in professional ministry. Choose from certificates in Advanced Course of Study, Basic Theological Education and Deacon Studies.

United Methodist certification: MTSO offers courses in three areas of certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry, and our unique pilot program, Engaging in Ministry with the Poor. Courses also are offered that meet certification requirements in other areas.

Course of Study School of Ohio: This regional school offers the required five-year Course of Study for licensed local pastors who are not attending seminary.