the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Curriculum Information

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.

Students should expect to take two doctoral seminars and two masters level courses in their concentration. They then have two free electives in masters level courses which they need to complete. Students can major in any of the PhD concentration majors. Only the degrees that are modular for PhD can be completed modularly for ThM.

Up to 10 hours of doctoral seminar credit may be transferred into the Ph.D. program if a student is later admitted.

 

Non-Thesis Track

First Semester
81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
Advanced masters level elective 4
Advanced masters level elective 4
Advanced masters level elective 4
Second Semester
Advanced masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
Advanced masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
Doctoral Seminar 4
Total program credit hours 26

 

 

 

Thesis Track

First Semester
81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
Advanced masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
Advanced masters level elective 4
81050 Thesis Research 4
Second Semester
Doctoral seminar 4
Advanced masters level elective or doctoral seminar 4
81060 Thesis Writing 4
Total program credit hours 26

 

Specialized Research

Th.M. students focus their studies on one of our research concentrations as they hand-pick the classes that interest them. By completing either doctoral level seminars or advanced masters electives in their area of study, students will experience an unparalleled level of research depth. In addition, students can take some courses in other research areas to add breadth to their degree plan.

Thesis vs. Non-Thesis

While the non-thesis track allows students to spend more time in the classroom in their area of study, the thesis track enables them to produce a research project on a topic of interest.

The non-thesis track is most common, and it is completed with a 2-hour research seminar and six 4-hour courses. The thesis track culminates in a written thesis on a specific research topic. It is completed with a 2-hour research seminar, four 4-hour courses, and 8 hours of thesis writing.

Thesis

The first stage in the thesis writing process is the submission of a thesis proposal, which is called a prospectus. Following approval of the prospectus by the student’s supervisor, the thesis committee, and the Associate Vice President for Doctoral Studies the student completes a defense draft of the thesis. When the faculty supervisor determines that the draft is defensible it will be submitted to the Office of Doctoral Studies from which it will be distributed to the thesis committee.

At the oral defense the committee will assign a grade to the written work and to the oral defense. A passing grade requires the unanimous approval of the committee. The thesis committee will also inform the student of any additional revision required for the final submission.

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.

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