Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen

Reutlingen, Germany
Reutlingen School of Theology (RST) is the institution of theological higher education of the United Methodist Church (Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche) in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Reutlingen School of Theology offers two accredited courses of study, a three-year Bachelor (B.A.) program in theology and a consecutive two-year Master (M.A.) program in theology.


Reutlingen School of Theology (RST) is the institution of theological higher education of the United Methodist Church (Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche) in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

The student body is diverse and consists of students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds. Women and men are trained theologically and acquire social and personal skills crucial for congregational and missionary work. Spiritual formation is an important part of the school's community and a variety of spiritual exercises are offered. Students thus obtain a wide range of competences for subsequent full- or part-time ministry in church and society.

Theological education and spiritual formation at our school are guided by three principles: sound scholarship, praxis-orientation, and personal faith development. The mission statement of our school is:

  • Our theological work is rooted in a faith practiced in the discipleship of Christ. It is moved by the world-changing love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • Our theological work is nurtured by lieberated thinking. It is in open conversation with the sciences, with other cultures and beliefs and actively engages contemporary issues.
  • Our theological work has as its aim Christian love in action. It participates in the mission of God for the salvation and welfare of the world, which manifests itself in the proclamation of the Gospel and concrete acts of mercy and righteousness.

Reutlingen School of Theology offers two courses of study, a three-year Bachelor (B.A.)program in theology and a consecutive two-year Master (M.A.)program in theology.

Inasmuch as these degrees are internationally recognized, additional studies at other institutions of higher learning can be easily pursued. The curricula consist of teaching modules based on the classical theological disciplines Biblical Languages, Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology.

The B.A. program provides an opportunity for the acquisition of basic theological skills for various fields of ministry within church and society. The M.A. program encompasses advanced studies in all theological disciplines with a special emphasis on Methodism and Practical Theology, and a focus on preparation for pastoral ministry.

In both courses of study (B.A. and M.A.) RST offers classes in the areas of psychology, pedagogy, philosophy, sociology and rhetoric. National and international co-operations with other universities (among them the University of Tuebingen with the largest theological library in Germany only ten miles away) give students the opportunity for supplementary studies in specific fields of interest.

Master's Programmes

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Studying on a Campus of Small Distances

The school is situated close to the historic downtown of Reutlingen at a quiet location with all infrastructural advantages. The venerable city lies at the foot of the beautiful Swabian Alb and offers every convenience of a modern community with 110.000 inhabitants while maintaining its old-world charm. There is good public transportation to the nearby metropolitan area of Stuttgart and its international airport (STR).

Reutlingen School of Theology offers a "campus of short distances": buildings for teaching, research and living are closely linked and form an attractive location for an inspiring learning experience.


Reutlingen School of Theology is federally accreditated as University of Applied Sciences.. Both the Bachelor-Program (B.A. Theology) and Master-Programm (M.A. Theology) are fully accreditated.

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