The 30-credit program consists of one of the following concentrations:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Each concentration consists of the following:

  • Major Field – A 20-hour unit in the selected specialization.
  • Enrichment – A four-credit unit in another division or cognate area with another professor, with the approval of the major professor.
  • Professional Practicum – A teaching and/or related professional learning experience under the supervision of the major professor, with approval of the dean. The student earns no academic credit for the professional practicum.
  • Thesis - A six-hour unit composed of a thesis in the major field. The dean will appoint a faculty committee to review and evaluate the thesis. The student must submit the thesis topic to the major professor by the end of the second week of September for approval. The first draft of the thesis is due at the end of the second week of January. The student must submit the final draft to the major professor at the end of the first week of March. The student must perform an oral defense of the thesis, which the faculty committee will conduct.

The student must achieve a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in all Master of Theology degree course work. The student must repeat any work below a 3.0 G.P.A. according to the seminary retake policy.


  1. The student must complete the degree, including the thesis, within three academic years. The major professor and dean conduct a formal evaluative meeting with any student who fails to complete the program within this time limit (three academic years and two summers).
  2. Program extension beyond the three year limit is granted only on the basis of faculty vote.