Master of Theology (Th.M.)


The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is a post-M.Div./M.T.S. degree program designed for advanced study and academic research in a specialized area of the theological curriculum. It gives seminary graduates the opportunity to extend their education in a particular field or to prepare for doctoral-level work.

Areas of specialization include:

Old Testament
Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature
New Testament
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology
Philosophical and Moral Theology
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Leadership
Preaching
Worship
Evangelism
Educational Ministry

Related Information

Read the FAQ
Electives Schedule 2013-2014 (pdf)
Electives Schedule 2012-2013 (pdf)

Admission Requirements

  •  A Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Bachelor of Divinity, or an equivalent degree, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B).
  • Transcript evidence of a minimum of two semesters of study each in Hebrew and Greek. (Students applying in areas other than Old Testament, New Testament, and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature, may request a waiver of part of this language requirement.)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet Calvin Seminary’s requirements.
  • Applicants with a concentration in Preaching are required to complete a phone interview with Matt Cooke, Director of Admissions. Applicants with a concentration in Old or New Testament must pass a comprehensive exam in the applicable Biblical language.

Program Curriculum

You can complete your program in the following way:

Requirement Credit Hours
      One research methodology course (801T) 3 credit hours
      Three electives in the area of specialization 9 credit hours
      One general elective in any department 3 credit hours
      One of the following options:
     An additional general elective in any department and 3 credit hours
     A major research paper in the area of specialization 3 credit hours
     OR
     A thesis in the area of specialization and 6 credit hours
     An oral examination based on the thesis
Total: 21 credit hours*
*Students specializing in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature must complete the research methodology course, 5 electives in this area of specialization, and a 3-credit major research paper, for a total of 21 credit hours. If they choose to write a 6-credit thesis, they may either transfer in a qualifying course taken earlier or add another 3 hours to their program, for a total of 24 credit hours

 

            A Specialized Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling involving clinical training accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education is also available. For the requirements in that program, please contact the professor of pastoral care.

Courses in the Th.M. program will be one of three types:

          • 800-level electives with 36 hours of class time
          • 800-level electives with 24 hours of class time and 12 hours of individual research assignments
          • 500- and 600-level electives with a workload appropriate for Th.M. students and worth 3 credits

Note:  Th.M. students may also register for Ph.D. courses (900-level electives) if they have established a GPA of 3.3 (B+) or better after one semester and if there is room in the course (Ph.D. courses are limited to 12 students).

Program Sequence

One Year Program

Fall Semester J-Term Spring Semester May Term
Major Research Paper Option
Research methodology course and 2 electives * 3 electives and the writing of the major research paper *
Thesis Option
Research methodology course and 2 electives * 2 electives and the writing of the thesis *

* Some electives may be taken in the J-Term or May Term

Two Year Program

Fall Semester J-Term Spring Semester May Term
Major Research Paper Option
Year 1
Research methodology course * 2 electives *
Year 2
2 electives Major research paper proposal * One elective and a Major research paper  *
Fall Semester J-Term Spring Semester May Term
Thesis Option
Year 1
Research methodology course * 2 electives *
Year 2
2 electives and thesis proposal Thesis writing * Thesis writing * *

* Some electives may be taken in the J-Term or May Term