Expertise in Biblical scholarship.

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is available on a limited basis to students who have earned a Master of Divinity degree or a Master of Arts degree in the relevant theological discipline. The development of mastery and competency in the selected major field is the primary purpose of this program.

  • Overview

    • School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    • Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Master of Theology
    • Format: Residential, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Details

    • Program Length: Up to 3 academic years
    • Credit Hours: 30
      • Major area of study (20 credits)
      • Professional practicum
      • Thesis
    • Career Options:
      • Pastoral ministry
      • Teaching ministry
      • Advanced theological education

    Formative Ministry Training

    "At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, students from differing traditions benefit from a culture of engagement and humility.

    "We share similar degrees and interests, but our denominational backgrounds, racial diversity and our varying ages expand the ways we are able to connect—and in that connection we find strength."

    — Tyler Mink (M.A. '17)
    GRTS Student

Program Learning Outcomes

With the aim of developing mastery and competency Old Testament or New Testament studies, our Master of Theology curriculum and course work requirements enable you to engage in independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.

Old Testament Specialization Objectives

  • Read with facility the prose and poetry of the Hebrew Bible with the use of lexical tools.
  • Demonstrate advanced hermeneutical and exegetical skills that apply to Old Testament literature.
  • Identify and describe the academic study of the Old Testament.
  • Demonstrate competency to read the Old Testament against its Ancient Near Eastern background.
  • Research and write an advanced-level master's thesis in Old Testament.

New Testament Specialization Objectives

  • Read with facility the Greek New Testament with the use of lexical tools.
  • Demonstrate advanced hermeneutical and exegetical skills.
  • Identify and describe the categories that comprise the academic study of the New Testament.
  • Research and write an advanced-level master's thesis in New Testament.