Resources for Prospective Students

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program prepares students for doctoral work in theology. Graduates of the program also take up positions teaching high school, working in church service and in non-profit organizations. Information on the following topics may be found on this page:

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Distinctive Features of the Program

  • Full-tuition scholarships for all students who are admitted to the program

  • Academic community of faith, scholarship, and collegiality 

  • Excellent teaching-learning environment, with an emphasis on original research and collaboration

  • Professional mentoring and student-led inter-disciplinary dialogue provided by regular MTS colloquia 

  • Doctoral seminars with internationally recognized and diverse faculty are available to MTS students (after completing foundational graduate study in the area)

  • Elective courses offered from other departments at the university

  • Graduate teaching assistantships available 

  • Modern and ancient language courses available during the summers as well as the academic year (supported by tuition scholarship)

  • MTS graduates accepted into top-tier doctoral programs in the United States and Europe

Coursework

Courses in the MTS program are offered within five areas of concentration:  Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Liturgical Studies. Students are required to develop a foundational knowledge in all five areas while pursuing specialization in the area of their choice. For more information on the requirements of the MTS degree, please visit the Program of Study page. Regularly offered courses cover a variety of rich theological topics. General course information and links to past semester course offerings are available on the Courses page. Summer language study opportunities are available on campus and abroad. For more information, visit our Summer Languages page.

Campus Life

Notre Dame is a welcoming community built on faith, scholarship and collegiality. Students will find the campus and the surrounding area to be a comfortable and enriching area in which to pursue their studies. There are many campus resources to help students develop academically and socially during their time at the University.

The Graduate Theological Society is the student organization representing the graduate students in the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame.   

The Notre Dame Graduate Student Union provides information on campus events and graduate student life at Notre Dame.

The Graduate School provides information for international students interested in study at Notre Dame.

Housing:

Notre Dame offers a wide variety of housing options, both on campus and off.  Residence Life provides detailed information regarding on-campus housing. Off-Campus Connector provides students with information about housing opportunities in the surrounding community. In general, cost of living in the South Bend area is extremely affordable for students. 

Employment:

We do not require any M.T.S. student to work as a teaching assistant since we would like their focus to be on course work and preparation for their future. However, opportunities are available for most M.T.S. students to serve as a paid teaching assistant or research assistant during one semester of the program, ordinarily during the fall semester of the second year.  Students may seek other part-time jobs in a research capacity or in other capacities on or off campus, although a student may not work more than twelve hours/week. We do not arrange employment for our students but there are a number of  opportunities for work on campus.

The Notre Dame Career Center provides help with graduate students seeking placement in either academic or non-academic fields. Their website includes a link (top right of the page) to "Go Irish", Notre Dame's job bank.

University of Notre Dame Job Board where you will find on-campus job postings.

Application Process

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Interested in applying? Please visit the admission and financial support page for details on the application process, prerequisites and campus visits. Decisions on admission are made by the faculty members in the area to which the student is applying. Required components of the application include: completed online application form, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, a CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and an English proficiency examination (if applicable).  The application deadline to the M.T.S. Program is January 15.

Questions?

If you have questions about our MTS program, please contact Ph.D. and M.T.S. Assistant Cheron Price at 574-631-4254 or cprice@nd.edu.