Pastor as Theologian

Every pastor is already a theologian, but students of the Master of Theology program receive specialized theological training at the post-Master of Divinity graduate level.

28

Units

$495

Per Unit

2–4

Years

Program Purpose

The four objectives listed below summarize the academic goals for each student who completes the Th.M. program.

Scholar

Specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.

Exegete

Employ a more refined skill set in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.

Teacher

Implements the skills of communication and effective teaching through pedagogy courses.

Contributor

Show excellence in writing by demonstrating critical thinking, in-depth interaction, and thorough research.

Program Benefits

Enroll without relocating to Los Angeles
Qualified men can capture the riches of the Th.M. program while staying rooted in their local churches.

Engage in high-level biblical scholarship
Students will study under faculty who are characterized by both academic excellence and an unwavering commitment to biblical truth.

Expedite future doctoral studies
Our focused curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for the Doctor of Philosophy program. Both programs (Th.M. & Ph.D.) can be completed in a total of 5 years.

Discovering the Th.M. program was an answer to a longstanding prayer about how to align my love for the church and my love for scholarship. TMS provided the means to excel in the kinds of skills, procedures, and argumentation that will undoubtedly make me a more capable thinker and writer to address today's most nuanced pastoral concerns.
- Chris B.

Disciplines

The Th.M. enables students to refine their exegetical and theological precision through specialized study in one of three disciplines:

Old Testament

The Old Testament Th.M. focuses on advanced Hebrew grammar, readings, exegesis, Aramaic, and Akkadian.

New Testament

Students in the New Testament Th.M. take advanced courses in Greek grammar, New Testament text critical issues, and exegesis.

Theology

The Theology Th.M. takes students through courses in systematic theology, historical theology, and current theological issues.

Modular Courses

Each modular course consists of 10 weeks of pre-modular instruction and interaction facilitated through an online interface. Students then come to campus for a one-week module (per course). After the on-campus portion of the course is complete, students receive up to 5 additional weeks of interactive instruction facilitated through the online interface.

Curriculum Design

Research Languages

To facilitate doctoral studies which require research-level proficiency in additional languages, the curriculum incorporates Theological German (OT, NT, TH), Akkadian (OT), and Latin (NT, TH), in addition to the advanced studies in Hebrew and Greek.

Exams

There are three major exams pertinent to each discipline which are embedded in corresponding courses. These exams serve as Ph.D. qualifying exams.

Faculty Advising

The Faculty Advisor will work alongside students in individualized courses on teaching method and practice, in addition to helping produce a thesis-equivalent portfolio. At 150-200 pages, this capstone project is composed of at least six scholarly papers, providing a multifaceted background for a future dissertation topic.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must present an acceptable baccalaureate degree and Master of Divinity degree (or M.Div.-equivalent of at least 72 units), with a 3.25 GPA.
Applicants deficient in these requirements may be admitted on a probationary status.
Applicants must also manifest competency in Christian ministry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character, and must be in accord with the ideals of the institution as recorded in its current catalog.
Students must demonstrate the ability to do significant theological research.

Further Study

While it also may provide a basis for further graduate study leading to more advanced degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) it is, in each case, designed for those preparing for church or mission vocations requiring ordination.

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