The Master of Theology degree program or ThM is designed for persons already holding an MDiv degree or its equivalent who wish to deepen their mastery in one area or discipline of theological study through reflection, research, and writing for the service of the Church.
Columbia Theological Seminary’s ThM program provides the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in a common area of research interest. Full-time students pursue one year of study that includes coursework in relevant curricular areas; a seminar in research methods; work with a faculty mentor; a publishable research thesis project; and the opportunity to apply and serve as a research or teaching assistant.
Students pursue a one-year course of full-time study that includes:
Coursework in relevant areas
A seminar in research methods
Close work with faculty
Production of a publishable research project
By application to the faculty, the opportunity to serve as a research or teaching assistant
5 COURSES · 15 CREDITS
One-week Research Seminar (3 credits)
Thesis research (3 credits)
Literature Review (3 credits)
Thesis writing (3 credits)
ThM colloquium (3 credits)
Area of Specialization
Columbia’s ThM program allows students to work closely with faculty mentors in research of mutual interest.
2 electives (6 credits)
1 elective (3 credits)
2 elective (6 credits)
TOTAL: 30 CREDITS
Our Master of Theology degree program empowers each student to focus on an independent research project with the close mentorship of a faculty advisor. It is exciting to welcome motivated students from around the world, and to walk with them as they sharpen their questions, pursue research with the support of our excellent library staff, and discover new insights to offer the church.
Persons seeking admission to the Master of Theology program may obtain an application from the CTS web site. To be considered for admission, prospective students are required to:
All ThM applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the TOEFL score must be from a test date that is two years or less from the date of application to Columbia Theological Seminary. A minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) or 86 (internet-based test) is required, with the following minimum scores required in these areas: Reading 22; Listening 20; Speaking 20; and Writing 24. All test fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
You may also contact the Director of the ThM degree program, Dr. William Yoo by email YooW@CTSnet.edu or by phone 404-687-4589.
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