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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Master of Theological Studies provides excellent flexibility and depth of studies according to your interests. Focusing on the disciplines of Scripture, Biblical languages, history and theology, students often choose this degree to experience personal theological development. Since the curriculum restricts the amount of specific coursework in pastoral skills, more room is available for greater engagements in the classic disciplines. The degree can also be used as a foundation for further academic studies. 

Our Master of Theological Studies is very flexible — you'll be able to customize 21 hours of your training. Start by choosing a concentration in Scripture, Old Testament, New Testament or theology and history. Broaden your theological and historical knowledge within our Christian tradition.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university administrator or professor, one from a professional supervisor/employer and one from a church leader or minister
  • Official transcripts emailed to or mailed to Graduate Admissions (One University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed health form 
  • 750-1,000-word essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits
International Students

International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before enrolling. A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of approximately 570 on the paper-based test, or 80 on the iBT, or an IELTS exam with an overall band score of 6.5 is the minimum accepted for admittance. For more information, see International Students admissions policy.

Admissions Policy



All 2020 summer courses will be held online.

Scripture (12-15 hours)

  • GB 5010 - Introduction to Theological Studies
  • GB 5083 - Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • GB 5093 - Critical Interpretation of the New Testament
  • OT Scripture Elective (3-6 hours)

  • NT Scripture Elective (3-6 hours)

Theology and History (12-15 hours)

  • GB 5483 - Introduction to Theology
  • GB 5423 - Systematic and Historical Theology I
  • GB 5443 - Systematic and Historical Theology II
  • GB 5473 - Christian Ethics
  • GB 5493 - Global Christianity
  • GB 5Cn3 - Seminar in Theology
  • GB 5Dn3 - Seminar in Historical Theology

Emphasis (9 hours)

Old Testament
  • GB 5043 - Biblical Hebrew I
  • GB 5063 - Biblical Hebrew II
  • OT Scripture Electives (3)
New Testament
  • GB 5033 - Biblical Greek I
  • GB 5073 - Biblical Greek II
  • NT Scripture Electives (3)
  • OT Scripture Electives (3-6)
  • NT Scripture Electives (3-6)
Theology and History
  • Theology and History Electives (9)
No Emphasis
  • Electives (9)

Electives (12 Hours)

Twelve hours from any courses offered by Hazelip School of Theology that are not already counting toward the above requirements or emphasis. A maximum of two ministry courses (six hours) may be counted toward this degree.


Program concludes with a Comprehensive Exam

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is currently $525 per credit hour.

Types of Aid

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Frank Guertin

    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean

    Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and Assistant Professor of Theology. Guertin completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio Valley University and his...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...

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  • Phillip Camp

    Phillip Camp


    Phillip Camp teaches various Old Testament text courses, OT Interpretation, and Hebrew. He is the author of "Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond" (Cascade, 2009) and...

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  • John Mark Hicks

    John Mark Hicks


    John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in...

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  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor of Bible

    Kris Miller joined the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry in 2015, serving as assistant professor of theology and director of Lipscomb's Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nine...

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  • John York

    John York


    In addition to his responsibilities with the D.Min. program, John teaches graduate New Testament text and ministry courses. He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),...

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Career Paths


Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Directors, religious activities and education

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.