Joint Degree MTS/MBA

Theology and Business

Our Master of Theological Studies (MTS)/MBA graduates typically enter the fields of church administration, including investment management for church development, private wealth management, and/or estate planning.

MTS/MBA Format

The MTS/MBA program is a three year program. MTS/MBA students usually spend their first year at Candler and the second year is spent at Goizueta. The remaining year you take electives in both schools. It is also possible to start our One-Year MBA immediately following your first year at Candler. Beginning in the summer, you complete three sequential semesters before returning to the Candler. In this option, you may complete the dual degree in two and a half years and graduate in December; however, the structure only allows for one summer internship instead of two.

Admissions Details

Students must apply to the business school and the Candler School of Theology separately. If a student is accepted to both programs, they can enroll in the MTS/MBA. We look at the test scores, GPA, work experience, essays, recommendations and interview when evaluating candidates.

In order to be a competitive applicant, you need to have full-time post undergraduate work experience. The average work experience for MBA students at Goizueta is five years. The Admissions Committee is most interested in hearing how your life and work experiences will add to MBA class discussions and an eventual business-related career. MBA classes are highly participatory and lively class discussions are a key part of the learning process. Our recommendation is that you prepare your application in a way that highlights the skills you have gained from your work and organizational experiences.

Applicants to Goizueta Business School are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Candidates should prepare vigorously for the quantitative portion of the test as candidates are expected to exceed the 50th percentile on the quantitative section of the exam. Most of our students score at the 75-80th percentile. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions regarding test scores if you have additional questions.

Every applicant who submits a completed application by the Round 3 deadline and is admitted to Goizueta is automatically reviewed for merit-based, school-funded scholarships. No separate application is required; merit-based awards typically range from 20% to full tuition. If a student receives a scholarship, it only applies to the semesters that they are enrolled in the Business School.