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.

What are my financial aid options?

We offer exceptionally generous scholarships, up to full tuition plus stipends. Aid is available for full- and part-time students. Other financial aid is available, as are on-campus work-study positions. Learn more here.

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.

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 the academic calendars on our registrar's page.

What are the application deadlines?

Master's and certificate student are admitted year around on a rolling basis. Deadlines are posted here. Your admissions application is also your scholarship application.

New Doctor of Ministry cohort groups begin meeting each summer. The application deadline for new summer cohorts is May 15.

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.