New Focus for ThM Program at Columbia Seminary

New Focus for ThM Program at Columbia Seminary

January 23, 2016—Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that they are now receiving applications for their newly focused Master of Theology (ThM) program for admissions starting in the fall of 2016. The ThM is a one-year full-time program for students who already have the MDiv degree or its equivalent and who wish to deepen their understanding of a particular area of study through reflection, research, and writing for the service of the Church.

“Previous graduates of this program have gone on to teach, lead churches, and pursue doctoral studies in a variety of areas,” said Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the ThM Program. “This new version of our program features even more emphasis on developing research skills through close work with faculty mentors in research of mutual interest.”

Five possible areas of concentration available to students include:

“The ThM program at Columbia Theological Seminary was an invaluable year that not only aided in my discernment process, but also helped develop my skills in research and writing,” said  Sheldon Steen (MDiv ’12, ThM ’13), who is now studying for his PhD at Florida State University in Religions of Western Antiquity. “After finishing my MDiv, I had trouble deciding whether to pursue further education or to go into ministry. The ThM provided the academic rigor I sought within in a context of deep concern for the church. I came out of the ThM program feeling better equipped both as a scholar and a pastor, which undoubtedly continues to shape me as I now work on my doctoral studies.”

For further information about the ThM program at Columbia Seminary, students may contact director Dr. Martha Moore-Keish at Students may also read more on the Columbia Seminary website at

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information about Columbia Theological Seminary, please visit

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