the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Theology

The Th.M. program offers the student an opportunity to gain greater mastery in an area of study than is normally possible at the M.A. or M.Div. level. The program acquaints students with the resources and research methods of a major area of study and offers focused time for further reflection in preparation for ministry. The program may be completed in one year of full-time study. The Th.M. can be completed in a modular format.


Th.M. coursework consists of advanced masters electives and doctoral seminars. In at least two courses papers must be produced that demonstrate research ability. For the masters electives the student will contract with the professor for an additional hour of credit beyond that which is normally given for the course. At least one doctoral seminar must be taken. A maximum of three doctoral seminars may be taken. For the doctoral seminar, the student will complete exactly the same assignments as Ph.D. students. Up to 12 hours of doctoral seminar credit may be transfered into the Ph.D. program if a student is later admitted.
Grading Policy
The minimum passing grade in any course taken for Th.M. credit is a “B-“ (2.7 on a 4.0 scale). A student who earns a grade lower than a “B-“ will lose credit for that course and will be placed on probation. The student may also be subject to an enrollment review.

Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to plan research in an area of specialization and, where appropriate, will relate the work to the larger context of theological study.
  • The student will be able to conduct research using standard scholarly tools and methods.
  • The student will be able to communicate the results of his/her research effectively.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of an area of specialization.

Program Requirements

Non-Thesis Track
• 81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
• Advanced Masters level elective 4
• Advanced Masters level elective 4
• Advanced Masters level elective 4
• Advanced Masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
• Advanced Masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
• Doctoral Seminar 4
• Total Program Hours 26

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.