the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is a 26-hour degree that allows students to engage in intensive study in any of our research concentrations. 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. The student will have a major focus within the area of study, such as New Testament within the Scripture and Interpretation Division or Christian Preaching within the Ministry and Proclamation Division. 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.


The admissions prerequisites as well as the application process are covered here.


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Financial Resources

Financial information for the ThM program can be found here.

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