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Master of Theology

The Master of Theology, a one-year capstone degree designed for students who have completed a Master of Divinity, provides advanced, specialized preparation for Christian ministry or doctoral work. Nine areas of concentration are available through the three academic divisions.

Hamilton Campus

Master of Theology in Biblical Studies

Round out your understanding of the Old or New Testament, or explore the Bible in greater depth from beginning to end through a Master of Theology within the Division of Biblical Studies. You?ll have the option to take up to four language courses in these degree concentrations, and may tailor class choices to fit your specific interests.

Degree Requirements:

Program Distinctives

  • Rigorous, advanced-level, focused courses enhance theological training
  • Emphasis on heavy discussion and critical thinking
  • Personalized mentoring from distinguished leaders in the field
  • Intentional development of critical research and writing skills
  • Flexible schedule allows you to build courses around your unique interests
  • Thesis track option per invitation by a faculty member

Th.M Degree Goals

  • To gain greater competency and skill in an area of specialization by employing the most valuable research methods and resources for the specialized area of study with rigor and excellence, in keeping with the highest tradition of Christian scholarship and to gain the capacity to formulate productive questions for further investigation
  • To build upon the strengths of the M.Div. program by sharpening skills in biblical exegesis and knowledge and understanding of God's inerrant Word, as it applies to the area of specialization
  • To carry out the specialized studies within the highest tradition of Christian scholarship with rigor and excellence
  • To engage with contemporary issues in the area of specialization from the framework of a biblical worldview
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Master of Theology in Christian Thought

Gain a better understanding of the broad sweep of theological history by exploring Christianity from the first century to the 21st century with a Master of Theology within the Division of Christian Thought. With this degree, you?ll capitalize on your previous theological education and receive the tools necessary to build and grow long term?whether in church ministry, missions, chaplaincy or academia.

Degree Requirements:

Program Distinctives

  • Rigorous, advanced-level, focused courses enhance theological training
  • Emphasis on heavy discussion and critical thinking
  • Personalized mentoring from distinguished leaders in the field
  • Intentional development of critical research and writing skills
  • Flexible schedule allows you to build courses around your unique interests
  • Thesis track option per invitation by a faculty member

Th.M Degree Goals

  • To gain greater competency and skill in an area of specialization by employing the most valuable research methods and resources for the specialized area of study with rigor and excellence, in keeping with the highest tradition of Christian scholarship and to gain the capacity to formulate productive questions for further investigation
  • To build upon the strengths of the M.Div. program by sharpening skills in biblical exegesis and knowledge and understanding of God's inerrant Word, as it applies to the area of specialization
  • To carry out the specialized studies within the highest tradition of Christian scholarship with rigor and excellence
  • To engage with contemporary issues in the area of specialization from the framework of a biblical worldview

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Master of Theology in Preaching—Residential and Modular

Further prepare for your role as a pastor or preacher through the Master of Theology in Preaching. This program will equip you with skills necessary for preparing and delivering effective messages. A Th.M. in Preaching will bring strength to your theological education by providing a distinct focal point and solidifying your ability to communicate the Word of God in a relevant, biblical and effective manner.

Residential Master of Theology in Preaching

The Master of Theology in Preaching is comprised of eight (8) courses:

  • PR 901 - Th.M. Research Seminar in Preaching  (Required)
  • PR 926a/b - The Preacher and the Message  (Required)
  • Half of the degree is to be taken at the 900-level
  • Six additional courses in preaching round out the degree
  • The degree is to be completed in a regular academic year (9 months)

Modular Master of Theology in Preaching

Students interested in a Th.M. in Preaching but are not able to come for full time residency can now enroll in an eight course program that will enable them to remain in ministry all the while develop in their preaching.  The primary delivery system for the modular Master of Theology in Preaching will be summer and January term weeklong intensive courses.

A unique feature of the modular program is the option for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry graduates from one of the preaching tracks to earn a Th.M. in Preaching.

The modular Th.M. program for non-residential students is a convenient, flexible and ministry-oriented degree program that is sensitive to student needs and can be taken on a course-by-course basis.  Students have three years to complete the modular Th.M. in Preaching.

Additional Considerations for Enrolling in the Master of Theology in Preaching:

1.  Doctor of Ministry Residency Completion (ABD) or Graduate Option (D.Min. completion of residencies or grad to Th.M.):

For both the ABD and D.Min. graduate options shared credit is available. 

ABD option: Students who have not completed the D.Min. (ABD) in one of the Doctor of Ministry Preaching tracks may apply for the Master of Theology degree with shared credit, provided the student meets the entrance requirements for the degree.  Students have the option of completing the Th.M. in preaching degree with the shared credit of four courses (12 credit hours) plus one advanced research component in one of the four courses. Students will be required to take four courses to complete the master of theology in preaching degree. 

Graduate option: Students who have completed the D.Min. have the option of completing the Th.M. in preaching degree with the shared credit of four courses.  Students will be required to take four courses to complete the master of theology in preaching degree.

2.  Doctor of Ministry Option (Th.M. grad to D.Min.)

Students who complete the Th.M. in Preaching may apply for the Doctor of Ministry degree with shared credit, provided the student meets the entrance requirements for the degree. In certain Doctor of Ministry tracks a Th.M. in Preaching will replace one of the residencies (either the year of a preaching track, e.g., Preaching to Culture and Cultures, Preaching from Study to Pulpit, Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible or the preaching residency for Pastoral Skills) allowing the student to complete the Doctor of Ministry residencies in two years rather than the typical three-year cycle and to pay 8 quarters of tuition instead of 12. (Students seeking shared credit in the D.Min. Program will need to submit a summative project to a mentor for the track they will be entering to fulfill the requirements of Project 1 and receive full credit for shared credit.)  Those with shared credit from a Th.M. in Preaching may still audit the first residency as long as they participate in all cohort activities (e.g. class participation, preaching to class, etc.), though without having to fulfill other requirements (e.g. reading, papers, etc.) or pay additional tuition.

Program Distinctives

  • Rigorous, advanced-level, focused courses enhance theological training
  • Emphasis on heavy discussion and critical thinking
  • Personalized mentoring from distinguished leaders in the field
  • Intentional development of critical research and writing skills
  • Flexible schedule allows you to build courses around your unique interests
  • Thesis track option per invitation by a faculty member

Th.M Degree Goals

  • To gain greater competency and skill in an area of specialization by employing the most valuable research methods and resources for the specialized area of study with rigor and excellence, in keeping with the highest tradition of Christian scholarship and to gain the capacity to formulate productive questions for further investigation
  • To build upon the strengths of the M.Div. program by sharpening skills in biblical exegesis and knowledge and understanding of God's inerrant Word, as it applies to the area of specialization
  • To carry out the specialized studies within the highest tradition of Christian scholarship with rigor and excellence
  • To engage with contemporary issues in the area of specialization from the framework of a biblical worldview

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Course Descriptions

Boston Campus

Master of Theology in Practical Theology—
Advanced Urban Church and Para Church Studies

Advance your understanding of Practical Theology by exploring, investigating and learning about the practical and spiritual aspects of religious practice or church ministry. The Master of Theology in Practical Theology prepares the next generation of men and women for excellence in leadership in urban churches and para churches. This program promotes ministry excellence in academic teaching, research, creative problem solving, strategic decision-making, and innovation in complex urban church environments.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Theology in Practical Theology is comprised of eight (8) courses.  The core courses in Practical Theology serve to introduce the participants to the discipline and provide an opportunity for them to teach and conduct research in practical theology, as well as perform as competent practical theologians with a specialization in church ministry. Courses include:

  • Approaches to Practical Theology
  • Methods in Practical Theology I
  • Methods in Practical Theology II
  • Three (3) Course Electives
  • Self-Directed Integrative Research
  • Self-Directed Academic Writing

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Th.M. Degree Goals

  • Increase competencies for practical ministry leadership for an urban church, mission agency, and/or para church ministry.
  • Increase the ability to integrate a Christian and Biblical worldview perspective in assessment, planning, performance, and evaluative analysis in specialized ministry.
  • Increase ability to make meaningful and professional contributions and participate in an area of a specialized field of practical theology.
  • Increase competence in scholarly research for advanced urban church and para church studies for an evangelical and prophetic ministry.

Additional Considerations for Enrolling in the Master of Theology in Practical Theology:

Doctor of Ministry Option (Th.M. grad to D.Min.):

Most participants will complete the Master of Theology in Practical Theology program within an 18-month period.  Students who complete the requirements and receive a Th.M. degree certificate in Practical Theology, may apply for continuation into the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program.  Acceptance into this program will grant these graduates automatic Advanced Standing status for up to one year in the program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at the Boston campus.

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Spotlight Alum

“I admire Gordon-Conwell because in a society of rapid change and transformation, it has stood its ground with the noble task of preparing ministers for the unchanged Great Commission. As a life-long learner, I am thankful to God for Gordon-Conwell because it has helped me align my thoughts, words and deeds with the commands of Scripture, and has fueled in me a burning desire for the pursuit of truth.”

David A. Escobar Arcay, M.Div. ‘11, Th.M. ‘07
Professor of Education and Leadership, Office of International Affairs | Nova Southeastern University | Fort Lauderdale, FL; Undergraduate Instructor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary | New Orleans, LA; Graduate Instructor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School | Davie, FL; Doctor of Ministry Instructor, Global Ministries Program | Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic