Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) 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.

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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 Requirements

Graduate Research Seminar 2
Foundations for Theological Studies 2
Five Th.M. Courses 20
Total Program Requirements 24


Ministry Th.M. Concentrations

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

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 Requirements

Graduate Research Seminar 2
Foundations for Theological Studies 2
Three Th.M. Courses 12
Two Doctoral Seminars 8
Thesis 2
Total Program Requirements 26

Research Th.M. Concentrations

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

Introducing the new modular Th.M.

The Th.M. in Theological Studies can be completed in a new modular format, allowing students to complete the degree with less than thirty days on campus throughout the length of the degree program.
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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 Th.M. application process. After reviewing these requirements, prospective students will want to begin completing the online application.

Admission Prerequisites

  • An M.Div. or its equivalent
  • The Master of Arts in Christian Education or its equivalent is acceptable for degrees within the Billy Graham School.
  • A master’s level cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for a Ministry Th.M. and 3.3 for a Research Th.M.
  • Academic Paper

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. Ministry Th.M. applicants must score at least 90 and Research Th.M. applicants must score at least 95.

Application Deadlines

Ministry Th.M. Rolling Admissions Deadline
Research Th.M. — Fall Matriculation January 15
Research Th.M. — Spring Matriculation August 1

“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.”

Tyler Wittman
Th.M., Southern Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate Systematic Theology, University of St. Andrews


Ministry Th.M.

$1,000 down payment, balance due equally over 18 months.
Total cost for SBC students $8,337
Total cost for non-SBC students $14,175

Research Th.M.

$1,000 down payment, balance due equally over 18 months.
Total cost for SBC students $9,030
Total cost for non-SBC students $15,351


Students should allow at least three semesters of study to complete their program. Students who take longer than three semesters will be assessed an additional $1,000 fee for each semester of extension beyond the three-semester limit.

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