go deeper theologically
The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is a ten-month program* (one academic year) designed for scholars from North America and around the world to come to Western Theological Seminary and pursue advanced study.
Students will focus on a particular area of research (biblical studies, theology, or Christian ministry), dialogue across cultures with our faculty and other Christian leaders from around the globe, and be enriched by participation in the life of our Christian community.
Months to complete
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About Western Theological Seminary
A COMMUNITY OF FAITH
Western Theological Seminary is an evangelical and ecumenical community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition that serves the church of Jesus Christ. WTS equips women and men for Christ-centered, biblically-based, theologically integrated, culturally competent, and mission-oriented Christian leadership.
ABOUT WESTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE CALL OF WOMEN
Throughout Scripture, we see God calling and appointing women to teach, preach, and lead God’s people. We uphold the biblical witness as we prepare women and men to lead the church in mission.
ABOUT WESTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY AT WTS
At Western Theological Seminary we long to embody more fully that to which the gospel calls us, and of which our standards remind us, with regard to racial and ethnic diversity.
“The professors at Western Theological Seminary
were so supportive of my goals and interests, and
they went out of their way to prepare me for a Ph.D.
program. To have that level of academic preparation
while also being part of the worshiping
the community was a gift.”
The Master of Theology (ThM) degree is ideal for:
Pastors who want to deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith
Leaders for whom the ThM degree will pave the way for further teaching or leadership roles
Students who want further academic preparation before applying to a PhD program
Graduates will be proficient at researching and writing at an upper academic level in a specific theological discipline. They will research, write, and speak in a way that is attentive to contextual, cross-cultural,
and/or tradition-specific issues.
Finally, graduates will be prepared to pursue more advanced theological research and/or to take on greater leadership within the church, theological institution, or ministry to which they are called.
TH700 Orientation Seminar
TH720 State of the Field
TH735 Seminar in Theological Method
Spring: Research Paper Option
TH790 Research Paper
Spring: Thesis Option
To apply for the ThM Program
You must have completed a Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent
You will be asked to submit transcripts of all schools attended
You will have the ability to relate theological study to the social, cultural, and historical contexts of your ministry
International applicants must submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score of at least:
- 550, TWE 4 (paper-based)
- 80 (internet-based)
- Overall, 6.0 (IELTS)
Applicants will also need to acquire a visa to study in the United States. Click below to learn more.
We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to ThM candidates on a competitive basis of academic excellence.
Scholarship packages may include some combination of the following: tuition, housing, individual health insurance, and books.
Visit our tuition and financial aid page or contact us to learn more.
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The Masters of Theology Starts Fall Semester
Application Deadline for International Students and domestic students seeking aid.
Deadline for applicants from the United States
Master of Theology Graduates
Get to know some of the many students and graduates from Western Theological Seminary.