Master of Theology

Deerfield, IL


A Master of Theology (ThM) will help you build upon your completed Master of Divinity degree. This program is a natural bridge to doctoral work and provides academic rigor in a specific area to benefit your future ministry.

Trinity’s ThM offers 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, or specialized inter-departmental concentrations developed in consultation with the departmental faculty. The program can be completed in one year of study.

CONCENTRATION CORE: 19–20 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


RESEARCH THEORY/APPLIED PRACTICE IN THE CONCENTRATION: 2–4 HOURS

Relevant courses as determined by the department—you’ll work with your advisor to fill these hours.

CAPSTONE: 0–3 HOURS

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.


CONCENTRATION IN ETHICS CORE CURRICULUM

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.

Course Title Credits
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

“I am grateful for the ThM program at TEDS. I am a better historian, researcher, and pastor because of the faculty’s commitment to academics and spiritual development. The program has helped me fine-tune my skills to serve my community and church body best.”

Jonathan Gallardo ’22

 

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Experience a classroom setting like none other. At Trinity, you will study under leading theologians, experts, and renowned authors in their specific field. Our professors will not only teach you but invest in your life.
 

WHY TEDS?

Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.
 

“In our rapidly changing and confusing Christian leaders often sense a need for further theological education beyond the basic masters degree. Trinity’s Master of Theology enables qualified students to take a year to explore a particular discipline such as New Testament or Systematic Theology in greater depth or to develop deeper understanding in an interdisciplinary area such as the chaplaincy or spiritual formation. Program flexibility combined with access to seasoned mentors make this an ideal context for sharpening one’s theological acumen and ministry skills.”

Harold Netland
Professor

 

PREREQUISITES

In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An earned Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited school whose standards are similar to those of Trinity (at least 74 semester hours of graduate study in areas closely parallel to our MDiv curriculum, including 12 hours each of Old Testament, New Testament, and Systematic Theology, 3 hours of Church History, and 35 hours of free electives)
  • For all graduate coursework, a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the biblical and modern languages appropriate to work in your selected concentration (at the time of application, you’ll need to declare your desired concentration)
  • An intended area of concentration (declared when you apply)

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THM FACULTY

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