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.
The Master of Theology (Th.M.) program provides the opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge in a particular area of concentration, advancing beyond their M.Div. education in further preparation for ministry and/or future doctoral studies.
Consisting of 25 total credit hours, the Th.M. program allows students to pursue the degree path that best serves their long-term goals (whether pastoral, academic, or some combination) by providing flexibility in the following areas:
While the program curriculum (listed below) is designed to be completed in 3 semesters, SBTS graduates may be approved to receive up to 12 hours of transfer credit for advanced graduate-level elective coursework, which may significantly shorten the time of completion.
Students who later pursue Ph.D. studies at SBTS may also transfer 12 hours of Th.M. coursework (Foundations for Theological Studies, Graduate Research Seminar, and up to 2 Ph.D. seminars) into the Ph.D. program upon acceptance.
|81020 Graduate Research Seminar||2|
|81260 Foundations for Theological Studies||2|
|44560 Supervised Research Experience||2|
|81900 Guided Mentorship||1|
|Advanced graduate-level electives* and/or PhD seminars||18|
|Total Program Requirements||25 total credit hours|
Students in the Th.M. program pursue a concentration (12 credit hours or more) in one of the following specialized areas:
For students who are interested in a completely modular-format program with an interdisciplinary focus, the Modular Th.M. program with a concentration in Theological Studies offers the following curriculum, designed to be completed in 5 semesters:
|Foundations for Theological Studies||2 credit hours|
|Graduate Research Seminar||2 credit hours|
|Old Testament Seminar||4 credit hours|
|New Testament Seminar||4 credit hours|
|Church History Seminar||4 credit hours|
|Systematic Theology Seminar||4 credit hours|
|Thesis Proposal||1 credit hour|
|Thesis Research and Writing||4 credit hours|
|Total Program Hours||25 credit hours|
*To request an equivalency review based on your master’s level work, please submit a request for a Doctoral Equivalency Report.
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. Applicants must score at least 90.
The Admissions and Research Doctoral Studies Offices process Th.M. applications continuously throughout the year. However, applicants should allow up to 4 weeks from the time all materials are submitted to receive decision letters and begin classes. Thus, we recommend targeting the following submission dates to ensure that students are able to register and begin classes in their desired term:
These dates are especially important for students who intend to take courses online, since online terms may begin earlier than on-campus semesters.
Modular Master of Theology (Th.M.)
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Master of Theology
|$1,000 down payment|
|$1,000 annual continuation fee (if program exceeds 18 months)|
|Program Fee for SBC students (balance due equally over 18 months)||$8,960|
|Program Fee for non-SBC students (balance due equally over 18 months)||$15,231|
Master of Theology – Theological Studies (Modular)
|$1,000 down payment|
|$1,000 annual continuation fee (if program exceeds 30 months)|
|Program Fee for SBC students (balance due equally over 30 months)||$9,241|
|Program Fee for non-SBC students (balance due equally over 30 months)||$15,709|
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