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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

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

Division of 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.

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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.

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Division of 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.

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Division of Practical Theology

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.

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Boston Campus

Master of Theology in Practical Theology

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). 

Typical Student

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.

Program Distinctives

  • Builds upon Biblical & Theological Training
  • Integrated Understanding of Ministry Practice
  • One-Year “Advanced Standing” towards a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min)
  • Adaptable for Specific Advanced Ministry Studies
  • Urban Church and para Church Organization Emphasis
  • Convenient Intensive Seminar Course Delivery System
  • Preparation for Advanced Academic or Professional Doctorate Degree

Teaching Model

  • Experiential Learning
  • Case Study Approach
  • Team Teaching
  • Readings and Theological Research
  • Small Group Discussions

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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


Spotlight Alum

“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