The master of theology (Th.M.) is an advanced academic program that provides students with additional opportunity for theological study beyond the master of divinity (M.Div.) degree. Students are not required to specialize in one field of study. The program is flexible, allowing some students to use it to prepare for doctoral research and allowing others to enhance their learning and skills in a variety of subjects related to the service of the Lord and his church. Each student is assisted in developing their program of study by a member of the Beeson faculty. The goals of the program are as follows: to sharpen students’ skills in biblical exegesis, historical theology, and/or preaching and pastoral care; to form students further in spiritual maturity; and to help students develop competence in research and writing, preparing some for doctoral work.
The requirements for the Th.M. degree can be completed in one year of full-time study. The program requires at least 30 credit hours, with a minimum of 24 credit hours completed at Beeson Divinity School. Students may be given transfer credit for up to six (6) credit hours of advanced master’s level coursework completed in previous graduate theological studies. The degree must be completed within two years. In extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension. A letter justifying such a request must be addressed to the associate dean.