Academic Programs and Degree Requirements

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

Master’s degree curriculum revision announced

Beginning Fall Semester 2024, MTSO is updating its master’s degree programs with a revised curriculum offering streamlined requirements built around the school’s unique strengths and values. Here’s an overview.

Graduate degree programs

Master’s degrees: Our four master’s degrees offer a wealth of options leading to vocations of impact.

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.

MTSO offers courses both in person and online. While some courses are available exclusively online or exclusively in person, the vast majority are available in both modes, employing HyFlex education.

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.