6.8 Master of Theology

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree and the M.Div. degree or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background—or its educational equivalent (see # 4 under Credentials) from approved institutions—receives the degree of Master of Theology (Th.M.) on the completion of the prescribed program of study.

To satisfy the biblical languages requirement for the Th.M. program, the applicant must have the equivalent of the Greek and Hebrew requirements for the M.Div. or M.A.R. programs at Westminster prior to admission.

The purpose of the Th.M. is to increase the student’s knowledge of a major field of theological learning, particularly through training and practice in the use of the methods and tools of theological research, and thus to further his preparation for a pastoral ministry, or for his or her teaching ministry, or for more advanced graduate study. The following concentrations are offered: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Apologetics.

The minimum length of time to complete the Th.M. program is one academic year of full-time study. Normally a student requires an additional year to complete the thesis and comprehensive examination.

Each candidate must indicate continuation in the program by registering at the beginning of each semester. In each semester in which no new course work is taken, candidacy is maintained by payment of a continuation fee. This fee is due September 1 for the fall semester and February 1 for the spring semester. See section 8.3a for payment information and deadlines. 

6.8.a Student Learning Goals

Upon graduation, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in their chosen field of study and cognate fields.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to produce a scholarly work that makes an original contribution to the student’s chosen discipline.
  3. Demonstrate further preparation for pastoral ministry, teaching ministry, or for more advanced graduate study.
  4. Demonstrate, in addition to the Greek and Hebrew prerequisites, a working knowledge of one modern language to assist the student in scholarly competence and research.