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Master of Theology

The Master of Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is an advanced degree aimed at developing mastery of exegetical skills in either Old or New Testament. By learning and understanding the Bible in its historical and cultural contexts, engaging in original language studies and interacting with a variety of perspectives, you will become more thoroughly equipped to teach and interpret God’s word.

Degree Type

  • Master of Theology

Format

  • On-Site
  • Live
  • Anytime

Credit Hours

  • 30

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Areas of specialization: Old Testament or New Testament.

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Total credit hours.

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Major professor who will supervise your research and thesis.

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The Master of Theology is available on a limited basis to students who have earned a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree in the relevant theological discipline. In this program, you’ll be challenged to think deeply about the Bible from a variety of perspectives. You’ll pick a specialization in either Old or New Testament.

Each specialization 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.

Careers

The Master of Theology degree prepares graduates for careers that require in-depth engagement with Scripture in the original languages.

Opportunities

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Teaching Ministry
  • Advanced Theological Education

Admission Requirements

  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.

Course List

Master of Theology courses are research-based, involving regular meetings with the professor for guidance and evaluation. The guided research and reading is adapted to the specific goals of each student.

Old Testament Specialization

  • BBL-840 Advanced Language Study
    • Guided study in Aramaic, or if competency already is demonstrated for Aramaic, then Ugaritic, Akkadian, or Middle Egyptian may be substituted.
  • BBL-841 Advanced Study in the History and Culture of Israel and the Ancient Near East
    • Guided study of critical issues in the history and culture of ancient Israel within the context of the ancient
      Near East. In addition to extensive reading in biblical and ancient Near Eastern literature, archaeology, and historical geography, students will present a final paper before the faculty of Old Testament.
  • BBL-846 Advanced Study in Critical Issues and Methods in the Study of the OT
    • Guided study of critical issues and contemporary methods in the study of the Old Testament. In addition
      to extensive reading in the various subfields of biblical criticism, students will present a final paper before the faculty of the Old Testament.
  • BBL-848 Advanced OT Exegesis
    • Guided exegesis in selected texts in a variety of genres. The student will incorporate a variety of constructive approaches to biblical criticism and demonstrate competency using the advanced search capabilities of electronic tools. The final paper will be an exegetical commentary on a selected text.
  • BBL-880 Enrichment
    • The student will select, with the guidance of the academic advisor, an enrichment module outside the
      program major.
  • BBL-884 Advanced Study in Old Testament Biblical Theology
    • Guided study of classic and contemporary Old Testament theologies, engaging as well at the interface
      with Israelite religions. In addition to written review of the primary literature, the student will present a final paper before the faculty of the Old Testament on a topic that demonstrates his/her own method.
  • BBL-890 Th.M. Thesis
    • The student will write a 60-100 page thesis on a significant and approved topic in the major field. The thesis will be supervised by a thesis advisor and defended before a faculty committee.

New Testament Specialization

  • BBL-870 Grammar and Translation of the NT
    • The student will be expected to have a working knowledge of Greek grammar and to have translated
      the entire Greek New Testament.
  • BBL-872 NT Introduction & Historical Background
    • The student will be expected to know the basis, history and methodology of textual criticism. The student must have a general awareness of those significant historical developments from the Persian period through the Bar Kokhba’s revolt which form the backdrop for the New Testament.
  • BBL-874 Exegesis of the Gospels & Acts
    • The student will sight-read the Greek text and discuss the exegetical issues with the major professor. He/she will also prepare a list of major exegetical problems for each book.
  • BBL-876 Exegesis of the Pauline Epistles
    • The student will sight-read the Greek text and discuss the exegetical issues with the major professor. He/she will also prepare a list of major exegetical problems for each book.
  • BBL-877 Exegesis of the General Epistles & Revelation
    • The student will sight-read the Greek text and discuss the exegetical issues with the major professor. He/she will also prepare a list of major exegetical problems for each book.
  • BBL-880 Enrichment
    • The student will select, with the guidance of the academic advisor, an enrichment module outside the
      program major.
  • BBL-890 Th.M. Thesis
    • The student will write a 60-100 page thesis on a significant and approved topic in the major field. The thesis will be supervised by a thesis advisor and defended before a faculty committee.

Time Limits

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). Program extension beyond the three-year limit is granted only on the basis of a faculty vote.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a GRTS degree. Explore how our Master of Theology program prepares you to learn, serve and lead for a lifetime of ministry.

At GRTS, I learned that true discipleship requires courageous curiosity.

Jennifer McCormick-Bridgewater (’20)

Faculty

Our faculty in the Master of Theology program have decades of professional experience as scholars in their fields of expertise, and they are committed to helping students become excellent researchers and teachers.

Related Programs

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary has several programs designed to prepare students to in-depth study of Scirpture. Take a look at some of the similar programs we have available.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

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At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.