Master of Theology (Th.M.) – 122 Credit Hours
The Th.M. degree (122 credit hours) is the highest master’s level degree program available for those in professional ministry. Like the M.Div. degree program, this program is designed primarily to equip pastors and others whose desire is to serve the Lord in some type of professional ministry capacity.
The Th.M. degree typically takes 4 years to complete and builds upon the M.Div. by adding additional credit hours in biblical languages, biblical introduction, practical ministry, and the thesis, in addition to electives. Only 37 credit hours of this Program are transferrable from another accredited institution.
ThM Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Th.M. Program the student will be able to:
- Explain a comprehensive overview of the basic content and theme of each book in the Old and New Testament.
- Articulate a synthesis of every major category of systematic theology.
- Understand and articulate the Free-Grace principles of progressive sanctification.
- Lead a local church or para-church ministry by utilizing practical ministry skills and communicating effectively.
- Demonstrate the ability to exegete the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible.
- Conduct research at the advanced masters-level with breadth and depth within a specific field of study.
Required Courses in the ThM Program (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted)
Introductory Core – 9 credits
- TH-560 Bible Study Methods (Hermeneutics)
- RS-503 Research Methods, Writing, and Technology
- MS-550 Spiritual Life
Bible Exposition – 30 credits
- OT-512 Old Testament Survey – Pentateuch: Genesis – Deuteronomy
- OT-514 Old Testament Survey – History: Joshua – Esther
- OT-516 Old Testament Survey – Wisdom Literature: Job – Song of Solomon
- OT-618 Old Testament Survey – Major Prophets: Isaiah – Daniel
- OT-620 Old Testament Survey – Minor Prophets: Hosea – Malachi
- NT-513 New Testament Survey – The Gospels
- NT-515 New Testament Survey – Acts and Pauline Epistles
- NT-517 New Testament Survey – Hebrews, General Epistles and Revelation
- NT-840 New Testament Introduction
- OT-840 Old Testament Introduction
Systematic Theology – 24 credits
- TH-562 Introduction to Systematic Theology and Bibliology
- TH-564 Theology Proper
- TH-566 Christology and Ecclesiology
- TH-568 Soteriology
- TH-661 Sanctification and Pneumatology
- TH-663 Angelology, Anthropology and Hamartiology
- TH-665 Dispensationalism and Eschatology
- TH-767 Church History
Biblical Languages – 28 credits
- NT-670 Fundamentals of Greek Exegesis (4 credits)
- NT-772 Greek 1
- NT-774 Greek 2
- NT-876 Greek 3
- NT-878 Greek 4
- OT-771 Hebrew 1
- OT-773 Hebrew 2
- OT-875 Hebrew 3
- OT-877 Hebrew 4
Ministry Skills – 21 credits
- MS-753 World Missions
- MS-759 Leadership
- MS-755 Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- MS-757 Basic Biblical Counseling
- MS-751 Evangelism
- MS-852 Christian Education
- MS-854 Pastoral Ministries
Research – 4 credits
- RS-890 Thesis Proposal
- RS-892 Thesis Project
Open Electives – 6 credits
Th.M. Course Distribution Summary
Introductory Core………….9 credits
Bible Exposition…………..30 credits
Systematic Theology……..24 credits
Biblical Languages………..28 credits
Ministry Skills………………21 credits
Open Elective………………..6 credits