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Ann and I both started our graduate studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1999.  Ann had completed two master's degrees (a Master's of Divinity and an MA in Biblical Languages) by 2003.  Last weekend I finally finished my Master of Theological Studies degree.

The Graduate Theological Union is a very cool place, being a consortium of nine Christian member schools.  Students generally affiliate with one school, but can cross-register at any of the others.  Ann was a student at the Jesuit School, while I opted for the Franciscan School of Theology.

Most people complete the MTS degree in two years, although most people also don't try to do it while working full-time as a software engineer, getting married, and having a baby.  There are some advantages and disadvantages to doing it this way.  Being able to focus on one class at a time (rather than juggling reading and assignments for up to four) is helpful.  However, by the time I got to the end, I was very ready to be done.  I not only outlasted many fellow students, but saw a lot of instructors and school staff members come and go.

I have posted my thesis here, although I hope to clean up the formatting some more when I have a chance.





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