Master of Theology in Theological Studies

The new modular Th.M. in Theological Studies at Southern can be completed in a modular format over the course of 30 months, allowing students to participate in accessible and rigorous theological education beyond the M.Div. degree.

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Modular Scheduling

Courses are offered in manageable, one-week segments (Monday – Friday) that allow you to complete the degree with less than thirty days on campus over the length of the degree. Students will make 5 visits to campus during the course of their program.

Students will be accepted as a cohort, taking all seminars together throughout their time in the program.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Students will complete a single, interdisciplinary curriculum utilizing specific, newly-created Th.M. seminars covering the classical theological disciplines of Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, Church History, and Systematic Theology. Additionally, students will write a thesis guided by a member of the SBTS faculty.

Thesis Supervision

Students will begin researching and writing their thesis from their first semester. During every visit to campus students will meet with their advisor in person for feedback on their progress. The thesis will be focused in a particular area and written at a level for publication.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Foundations for Theological Studies 2 credit hours
Graduate Research Seminar 2 credit hours
Old Testament Core Seminar 4 credit hours
New Testament Core Seminar 4 credit hours
Church History Core Seminar 4 credit hours
Systematic Theology Core Seminar 4 credit hours
Thesis Proposal 1 credit hour
Thesis Research and Writing classes 4 credit hours

The modular Th.M. faculty are all well published scholars in their fields of study. In addition to their expertise in subject matter, the faculty are known for their pedagogical excellence.

Jonathan T. Pennington – New Testament

Gregg R. Allison – Systematic Theology

Michael A. G. Haykin – Church History

Peter Gentry – Old Testament

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, or its equivalent, that includes the study of both Hebrew and Greek from an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0).*
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 95 is required prior to admission.**

*If you have questions regarding M.Div. equivalency, contact our office for information on evaluation and leveling work.

**The official score report must not be more than three years old.

Application Deadline

Applicants should apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. Once the application has been reviewed and cleared by Admissions, the applicant’s profile will be reviewed for a final admissions decision by the Research Doctoral Studies faculty and staff.

Deadlines for Application:
Spring- November 1st
Fall- June 1st
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Program Cost

Southern Seminary offers the Th.M. degree at an affordable cost with a workable payment plan. Th.M. students pay $1000 prior to attending their first seminar. The remainder of the program fee is paid through a 30-month interest-free payment plan.

Full Program Tuition Costs* Down Payment Payment Plan**
SBC $9,241.00 $1,000.00 due before first seminar $304.70/month for 30 months
Non-SBC $15,709.00 $490.30/month for 30 months
*Program Tuition shown is for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Additional fees are subject to the current catalog. Please see the current catalog for full listing of current fees. **The 30-month payment plan is interest-free if payments are made on time.

All students in the program beyond 30 months are subject to the charge of a Continuation Fee every semester (currently $1000) until graduation.

Textbooks, lodging, food, travel, and graduation costs are not included in the program fee.

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