Master of Theology – ThM
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.
Admission to the Master of Theology Program
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:
- Have completed the MDiv degree, or its academic equivalent, at an accredited seminary or divinity school. In certain cases, a Master of Arts or a Master of Theological Studies degree in the appropriate area may be accepted as a substitute, but additional preparatory work may be required; ordinarily, a B average in an applicant’s college and seminary program is considered a minimum standard for admission. Applicants shall have official transcripts of all work since high school sent directly from the institution;
- Have a knowledge of both the Hebrew and Greek languages if they seek to do their ThM in biblical studies;
For a full list of requirements please view the Application Materials Checklist.
You may also contact the Director of the ThM degree program, Dr. Mark Douglas by email DouglasM@CTSnet.edu or by phone 404-687-4650.
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