A Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is a graduate degree which gives students training in theological studies. Under Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) standards, programs require graduates to a have earned an accredited bachelors degree or its equivalent. Programs must require students to complete at least two years of full-time study or its equivalent to earn the degree. The degree can serve as preparation for entering a doctoral program in theology, religion, or a related subject. While its goal is not to prepare the student for ordination, many who earn the M.T.S. are ultimately ordained and work in the local church context. The M.T.S requires the completion of a summative evaluation, which could be a thesis or other project.