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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Students looking to face and solve the challenges of the 21st century urban and parachurch will find the foundation they need in this program. The Th.M. in Practical Theology prepares graduates to be practitioner-scholars in a specialized area of ministry, learning to excel in teaching, research, creative problem solving, strategic decision making and innovation in complex urban environments.
Doctor of Ministry option
Graduates of this program are able to continue studies in our Doctor of Ministry program. Graduates in good standing will receive a 1-year residency credit (1/3 of degree).
Students in this degree are usually those with graduate theological training who want advanced academic education as well as practical ministry training. Participants include busy urban church and para church leaders who want to incorporate rigorous training with a convenient schedule. Mid-career individuals who lead an organization, urban church, denomination, or mission agency or are pursuing an academic or professional doctorate degree are also ideal for this program. A graduate certificate is available.
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- 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
"That year at Gordon-Conwell was one of the most memorable of our lives: a rich and rewarding time of learning and growing spiritually, and enjoying the first year of our marriage as empty nesters in New England! The classes I took, especially from Drs. John Jefferson Davis and Richard Lints, proved tremendously helpful in engaging students in many facets of ethical questions in our postmodern society."
Mark Levine, Th.M. '08
Chaplain, U.S. Army