Pastor as Theologian

The Master of Theology program curriculum provides flexibility, extending two to four years at the post-Master of Divinity graduate level.

26

Credits

$495

Cost per Unit

Total tuition cost: $12,870

2–4

Years

Modular and Residential

Every pastor is already a theologian, but the Master of Theology (Th.M.) program enables pastors to develop specialized theological training in Bible Exposition, Old Testament, New Testament, or Systematic Theology beyond what is possible in the three-year M.Div. program.

Modular Program

Qualified men from all over the world can capture the riches of the Th.M. program while staying rooted in their local churches. NT, OT, TH disciplines are offered modularly in 20 weeks terms. The student is only required to be on campus for one or two weeks of in-class time per term, depending on the course. Instruction will also be accomplished through pre-course and post-course assignments and video conferencing from home.

Residential program

Students in residential Th.M. courses will enjoy the bustling environment of our Los Angeles campus for the traditional 15-week fall and spring semesters. Students will have year-round access to professors, fellowship with men across our programs, and the superb resources of our library. At this point in time, the Th.M. in Bible Exposition is only available in the residential format. Students in the NT, OT, or TH disciplines will find a certain number of residential course offerings, and may combine residential and modular courses to complete the degree in a two year time frame.
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.

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following eight courses across the disciplines:
History of NT Interpretation
Greek Exegesis Course
Advanced Hebrew Readings
Hebrew Exegesis Course
Soteriology Seminar
Eschatology Seminar
Thesis Introductory Methods
Thesis
*The first six required courses listed are different from the Bible Exposition discipline. The courses for this discipline are provided below.

Disciplines

The Th.M. is a post-M.Div. program that enables students to refine their exegetical and theological precision through specialized study in one of four disciplines:

Old Testament

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

New Testament

Students in the New Testament Th.M. take advanced courses in Greek grammar, New Testament textual criticism and interpretation.

Theology

The Theology Th.M. takes students through courses in Pneumatology, Soteriology, Eschatology as well as options for electives.

Bible Exposition

A Th.M in Bible Exposition involves courses in the OT and NT with a focus on understanding the message of Scripture. It is a terminal degree with core and elective courses noted in the handbook.
For full course list click below.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must present an acceptable baccalaureate degree and Master of Divinity degree, with a 3.25 M.Div. GPA. Applicants must also manifest promise of 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. Additionally, they must have successfully completed basic courses which parallel the following classes of the M.Div. at TMS.
Applicants deficient in any of these requirements may enroll in the pre-requisite units while taking other Th.M. courses, but such deficiencies must be completed prior to or during their first year in the Th.M. program. Until these prerequisites are met, applicants will be admitted on a probationary status.
We recognize each case has distinctions; please consult the Th.M Handbook which gives further content and contact information.
Applicants coming from outside of the United States need to be aware of specific requirements for International students.

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