Our ThM provides advanced theological study in one discipline beyond what is normally provided at the MDiv level. We offer discipline concentrations in each of our eight departments (Church History, Counseling, Educational Studies, Mission and Evangelism, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastoral Theology, and Systematic Theology), as well as inter-departmental specialized concentrations developed in consultation with the departmental faculty (such as Chaplaincy, Ethics, Generational Ministry, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, and others).
In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:
The ThM consists mainly of rigorous, specific coursework in the subject area of your choosing (20-22 hours), in addition to 2-4 hours of research theory or applied practice within your chosen concentration. Your faculty advisor will help you with course choices and structure, depending on your area of interest. Additionally, all ThM students will write either two major research papers or a thesis.
Relevant courses as determined by the department—you’ll work with your advisor to fill these hours.
Advanced courses related to the concentration (normally 7000–8999 level)
Concentrations may focus on department-specific coursework (such as church history, counseling, educational ministry, missions, Old or New Testament, pastoral theology, systematic theology) or interdepartmentally specialized concentrations (bioethics, chaplaincy, church planting, ethics, homiletics, spiritual formation, etc.)
Specific courses in the Concentration Core are developed from the Catalog curriculum in consultation with the department faculty
Concentration Core may include up to three hours of your thesis
Two Major Research Papers (8980, 0 hrs) -or-
8985 ThM Thesis (0–3 hrs)
*Note: If all advanced courses have been completed without major papers, additional course work is required to facilitate completion of this capstone option.
The ThM Concentration in Ethics is a pre-designed concentration for those interested in engaging broad philosophical / theological ethical issues in conjunction with bioethical issues specifically.
|ST 5700||Theological Ethics||3 hours|
|BE 5000||Matters of Life and Death||3 hours|
|ST/PR 7000–8999||Ethics/Ethics-related Courses||9–12 hours|
|BE 7000–8999||Bioethics Courses||9–12 hours|
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