The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is degree that allows students to engage in intensive study in further research. Whether you want further expertise in a specific area of study or want further preparation before Ph.D. studies, the Th.M. is the degree for you.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.Div. level.

Ministry Th.M.

The Ministry Th.M. is designed for students interested in furthering their M.Div. studies but who are not necessarily planning to do advanced studies beyond the Th.M. degree. The Ministry Th.M. coursework is designed to cover broader categories of study than the Research Th.M. or Ph.D., enabling the student to round out their M.Div. education in preparation for ministry.

Program Outline

Graduate Research Seminar

2 hours

Foundations for Theological Studies

2 hours

5 Th.M. Courses

20 hours

Research Th.M.

The Research Th.M. is designed for students interested in pursuing further studies, most likely a Ph.D. The Research Th.M. provides the opportunity to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge in an area of concentration and to produce a significant research paper (thesis), which will be an important step in pursuing further studies.

Program Outline

Graduate Research Seminar

2 hours

Foundations for Theological Studies

2 hours

3 Th.M. Courses

12 hours

2 Doctoral Seminars

8 hours

Thesis

2 hours

Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Theology program at Southern Seminary. The following information is designed to give you insight into the ThM application process.

Students interested in applying to the Th.M. program should examine our Admissions Requirements for the ThM program to ensure that you meet the minimum standards to apply and understand what you have to include with your application. Applicants will then need to complete the SBTS application. Because the application includes several parts, we recommend that you submit as many parts as you can, as soon as you can. It normally takes a minimum of 1-2 months to turn in all the parts to the application.

Admission Prerequisites

Ministry Th.M.

  • An M.Div. or its equivalent
  • The Master of Arts in Christian Education or its equivalent is acceptable for degrees within the School of Church Ministries
  • A master’s level cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.
  • Application form
  • Application Fee ($35.00)
  • Academic Paper

Research Th.M.

  • An M.Div. or its equivalent
  • The Master of Arts in Christian Education or its equivalent is acceptable for degrees within the School of Church Ministries
  • A master’s level cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale is expected.
  • Application form
  • Application Fee ($35.00)
  • Academic Paper

Admission Deadlines

Please note the differing deadlines for the degrees.

Ministry Th.M.

The Ministry Th.M. has a rolling deadline for admission.

Research Th.M.

August 1, 2014 for Spring 2015 matriculation.

January 15, 2015 for Fall 2015 matriculation.

TOEFL (International Applicants)

For applicants whose native language is not English, an official score report not more than three years old on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required prior to admission. Th.M. applicants must score at least 95 on this test.

Concentrations

Students in the Th.M. program choose one major area of concentration. One course can be taken outside of this major area of study.

Ministry Th.M. Concentrations

  • Biblical Theology & Exegesis
  • Missions & Evangelism
  • Philosophy, Worldview, & Apologetics
  • Practical Theology
  • Theological and Historical Studies

Research Th.M. Concentrations

  • Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Theology
  • Church History
  • Missions & Evangelism
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Philosophy, Worldview, & Apologetics
  • Practical Theology
  • Systematic Theology

Alumni Testimonial

Tyler Wittman

Th.M. Systematic Theology, Southern Seminary

Ph.D. Candidate Systematic Theology, University of St. Andrews

“An additional year’s worth of in-depth study helped me discern that further study was in my future. Whether you are a pastor, a recent graduate, a hopeful academic or something in between, Southern’s Th.M. program is a great way to dig your well just a bit deeper.”

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