Master of Theological Essentials

Master of Theological Essentials

The Master of Theological Essentials (MTE) provides a foundation for Christian thought. Students learn the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation, develop essential theological skills, and apply those skills in a ministry environment. 

Course Requirements

These courses make up the theological core of all of Gateway's other master's degrees which allows students to transfer the MTE's required 36 credit-hours to another master's program before or after completing the degree.

Old Testament Introduction I&II New Testament Introduction I&II Church History I&II
Christian Theology I&II Christian Ethics Biblical Hermeneutics
Baptist Heritage & Practice Theological Field Education

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Application Information

Why a Master of Theological Essentials?

Ministry Path

The MTE does not attempt to prepare student for a specific vocational role in the church, but seeks to provide the biblical and theological foundation needed for all ministry. In addition, the MTE degree requirements intentionally overlap with several 2-year specialized master’s degrees (MACE, M.G.E., M.A.I.S., M.A.C.C., M.T.S.) and with the M.Div., allowing a student who completes the M.T.E. to then progress to several degrees which provide focused vocational ministry preparation.

What will I learn?

The MTE will enable students to:

• Exhibit an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible's content, contexts, structure, and message; and demonstrate the ability to conduct solid research with a goal of properly applying the Bible to modern life.
• Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian historical, theological, and ethical frameworks commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
• Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian ethical framework commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
• Understand and establish appropriate life and ministry focus, priorities, and boundaries.
• Identify and affirm God’s shaping of the student as to calling, ministry giftedness, strengths and growth edges, and personality dynamics.

Catalog Information

For more information about the MTE, use these links to access our Academic Catalog.

Degree Description

Course Listing

Master's by Exception

Gateway Seminary will consider applicants lacking an accredited undergraduate degree for admission to its basic master's degrees. A student must request admission under this provision in writing through the Office of Enrollment and may initiate this request only after all qualifying criteria have been met:

•  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 15 hours of Gateway Seminary coursework required in the master’s degree sought (at least 6 hours of introductory courses in New Testament, Old Testament, history, or theology) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Electives, transfer credits and ADVANCE courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

•  This provision will not be granted to previous students who graduated with diploma degrees.