The most advanced theological degree at the master’s level, the Master of Theology (Th.M.) allows students to gain a high level of competency in one major area of study after completion of the Master of Divinity. The Th.M. enhances ministerial practice, preparation for doctoral studies, and further mastery of a specialized discipline.
The student must have completed a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary or divinity school with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The Th.M. assumes exegetical competence in Greek and Hebrew. A student who has not developed exegetical competence in Greek and Hebrew may complete prerequisite language courses before beginning work toward the degree. One year of Greek, one year of Hebrew, and one additional semester of syntax in either Greek or Hebrew must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.
International applicants must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test or 250 on the computer-based test. Students who do not complete the internet-based TOEFL must also complete the TSE (Test of Spoken English).
All application materials must be submitted by the following dates:
Fall: July 15Spring: December 15Summer: April 15
International students must meet earlier deadlines as set by the Office of International Student Services.
The Master of Theology consists of a 25 (Thesis) or 24-hour (non-Thesis) curriculum. Majors available in the School of Theology are:
One Ph. D. research seminar (4 hours) is allowable by permission from the professor of record for all concentrations except Old and New Testament. The Old Testament concentration requires a minimum of two Hebrew/Aramaic texts courses (2 hours) and the New Testament concentration requires a minimum of two Greek texts courses (2 hours). Old Testament majors may complete Greek texts courses and New Testament majors may complete Hebrew/Aramaic texts courses, but only a total of four hours applies to the Th. M. program. The Ph. D. research seminar option for all other concentrations should be taken mid to end of curriculum. All students must complete 24-25 hours for the degree.
Students may take courses related to but outside of their specific concentration. For example, a Theological Studies major may take a course in Pauline Theology offered by the Biblical Studies Division, and a New Testament major may take a course in Christology offered by the Theological Studies Division. Additionally, Old Testament and New Testament majors may choose to focus part of their concentration hours on Biblical Backgrounds. Faculty supervisors approve course selections each semester.
All courses must be completed with a B- or better. No course with a grade below B- will count toward the degree.
Students pursuing the non-thesis track must pass a comprehensive exam in the chosen major. The comprehensive exam will be registered in the final semester (THMTH 5001).
The Th.M. thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to design a viable research project, pursue the research in relative independence, and write with clarity and force. An acceptable thesis should go beyond the description of data and include critical evaluation and interpretive judgment. The thesis must address a topic in the student’s major. The thesis supervisor is assigned in consultation with the program supervisor and the Associate Dean of the School of Theology.
The Graduate Research Seminar must be taken prior to Thesis Writing. Guidelines for thesis submission may be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean of the School of Theology. The student should work closely with the thesis supervisor throughout all stages of thesis work.
All requirements, including the thesis, must be completed within three years of entrance into the program.
Up to six hours may be transferred into the Th.M. from an accredited M.Div. Transferred courses must be in the major selected for the Th.M.
For additional information about the Master of Theology, contact Dr. Mark Taylor, Associate Dean of the School of Theology:
by mail at: Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryP.O. Box 22696, Fort Worth, Texas, 76122by email at MTaylor@swbts.edu,or by phone at (817) 923-1921 ext. 6950.