Master of Theology (ThM)
Number of Courses:
6 courses + thesis
| Time to Complete:
Pursue if you have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level.
The Master of Theology is an advanced academic degree that provides you with an opportunity for in-depth study at an advanced level.
Students completing the Master of Theology degree will be prepared for further studies at the doctoral level and/or for the scholarly enhancement of their ministerial and missional practice. Students will:
- acquire advanced, in-depth knowledge and competence in one of the following disciplines: Old Testament, New Testament, Theology (including Spiritual Theology) or Church History;
- develop advanced skills in theological research and writing, including engagement with primary resources, scholarly exchange in a peer community, and communication of research results for the church and the academy;
- cultivate personal and spiritual qualities necessary for scholarly and vocational ministry.
With the option of a thesis and a non-thesis route, you can tailor your education experience to best fit your academic or ministry goals. To do a ThM in this specific study area you will need to take electives specific to the study area.
Further Depth of Study
The Master of Theology focuses on three pillars of studies: Biblical studies, theological studies, and Christian history. Our program is designed for you to develop and master the skills of research methodology in a community of faith and learning. You may also choose to focus in the area of spiritual theology to complete the educational requirements for designation as a Certified Spiritual Director.
You can tailor your studies and choose between a thesis or non-thesis option. Both options serve a variety of aims to fit your needs and careers goals. The thesis option specifically prepares you for further studies at the doctoral level (ThD/PhD), whereas the non-thesis option is geared towards working in ministry and teaching in the church setting.
Throughout the program, you will be mentored by your professors. You will take courses such as: Spiritual Classics, Protestant Spiritual Traditions, The Theology of the Human Person, and Prayer and the People of God. Your professors will provide you with training and support for your future.
Other Degree and Diploma OptionsMaster of Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year. Program may be completed part-time over a longer period of time.