Grow in God's Call.

Continue to pursue your call by furthering your biblical expertise. The Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree is a designed for students who have already earned a Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts degree in a relevant theological discipline. At GRTS the Th.M. is intended for continuing academic scholarship in the areas of Old Testament or New Testament studies for the purposes of ministry enrichment, teaching, or the pursuit of doctoral study.

Program Highlights

  • 30 Credit program
  • Concentrations in Old Testament & New Testament studies
  • 20 credits in major area of study
  • Complete a thesis in an area of research guided by a faculty supervisor
  • Further your Biblical knowledge through study in the original Biblical languages
  • Program can be completed while working full-time

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Additional Program Details

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.

Course Plan

Our program checklist breaks this program into modules and lists the courses required for each module.

Time Limits

  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.

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Teaching Ministry
  • Advanced Theological Education

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Theology program should provide the following application materials:

  1. Have an accredited undergraduate degree and a Master of Divinity degree or M.A. degree in a related discipline, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. in the master's program.
  2. Submit a graded writing sample from graduate work demonstrating knowledge of research and scholarly writing. The Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE) may also be requested by the Seminary Admissions Office in addition to, or in place of, the writing sample.
  3. Demonstrate advanced competency in Hebrew or Greek, when applying for the Old Testament or New Testament specialization respectively.
  4. Possess well-developed critical thinking and communication skills, both of which are essential to theological research and writing.
  5. Show promise for exceptional productivity in Kingdom ministry through previous academic work and personal spiritual qualifications.
  6. Provide two letters of recommendation from former teachers — one from a former teacher in the anticipated specialization field.
  7. Submit to the Seminary Admissions Office a formal letter to the faculty indicating reasons for pursuing an advanced graduate theological degree. The letter should also include the selection of a program specialization and life objectives.

The faculty grants admission to the Master of Theology degree program by vote. Candidates generally cannot transfer credit to this degree program.

Student Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Master of Theology curriculum will be able to:

Old Testament Specialization

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

New Testament Specialization

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