The Modular Th.M. program offers advanced theological training beyond the M.Div. for further development for ministry or additional graduate study. It is designed to allow a student to focus more deeply on aspects of ministry and theology that are of particular interest to them, offering concentrations in biblical studies and historical and theological studies..
Restructured for pastors and others who are unable to relocate full-time to our Philadelphia campus, this program provides week-long classes offered three times a year. Students are able to complete the Th.M. Modular program in three years. Housing and other accommodations are included.
The Th.M. program is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of a major field of theological learning, furthering preparation for ministry, or more advanced graduate study. The Modular Th.M. allows students to complete the necessary course work in week-long classes offered four times per year on Westminster’s Philadelphia campus. To provide convenience, all local transportation (excluding an airline ticket), housing, and food are provided for those who select the travel package.
Complete the online Admissions Application
June 1 for August modules.
Westminster’s Self-Service system is a place where you can manage your educational needs online. There you can search and register for courses, view your schedule, access your grade report, view your academic plan and unofficial transcript, and pay your tuition.
WTS Courses is Westminster’s online course management system. Through WTS Courses you will be able to locate the course syllabus, upload assignments, take online exams, and access additional information posted by professors.
Modules are typically offered late July and August. Week-long courses are also offered in January but do not include the travel package. See the course schedule on Westminster's website. Should a class be cancelled for insufficient enrollment, students will be notified six weeks in advance.
Modules meet Monday through Friday. PT 421P Theological Bibliography and Research Methodology is offered during some modules. Time will also be provided for library research after class.
Tuition and fees equal Westminster’s non-modular Th.M. tuition and fees. See the Academic Catalog for the current cost. In addition to the tuition and fees, the modular program offers a travel package for an additional $560 fee per module. Please see below for the details of the travel package.
Tuition and fees are due by the first day of class.
The Modular Th.M. program is considered a “less than half-time program” and therefore financial aid is not available. Please bear in mind that because the program enrollment status is “less than half time” students with previous government loans will not be eligible to seek deferment. Students may apply for private, bank education loans. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
See the Academic Catalog for the degree program requirements. The program requires six courses plus PT 421P Theological Bibliography and Research Methods, languages, a comprehensive exam, and a capstone. Beginning fall 2017, the capstone for biblical studies students is two additional courses with major papers while the capstone for theology or church history students is a thesis. Detailed instructions regarding the capstones are found in the Academic Catalog. Students should also review the Format Guidelines for WTS Theses, Dissertations, and Projects.
Two concentrations are offered for the Th.M. Module program: 1) Historical and Theological Studies and 2) Biblical Studies. Any Apologetics, Church History, or Systematic Theology course counts toward the Historical and Theological Studies concentration. Any Old Testament or New Testament course counts toward the Biblical Studies concentration. Students must take at least three courses in their area of concentration.
Exams are administered four times throughout the year in-person as well as online and each exam is two hours in length. For further information, to view upcoming exam dates and to register for an exam, please visit the Greek and Hebrew Languages page on the seminary's website. Exam dates are also given on the Academic Calendar.
Books may be purchased from the Westminster Bookstore.
Students will have access to their course requirements at least one month prior to the module start date. Each course normally requires readings and/or assignments to be completed prior to the beginning of the course. The course syllabus, including pre-course assignments, will be posted in WTS Courses.
Logging into WTS Courses:
1. Type courses.wts.edu in your web browser.
2. Enter your user name and password.
3. The title of your course will appear under the “My Courses” section.
4. Click on the title of your course to enter the course page.
If you need assistance with logging in, please contact email@example.com. For additional instructions on using WTS Courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PT 421P Theological Bibliography is offered at least once a year during a module. Students must take the course during their first or second module.
The Montgomery Library offers print and electronic resources to assist students with their research. Students will be able to access the library with their student ID number, upon acceptance.
If admitted, modular students have access via phone or email to all of Westminster’s student and academic service departments (Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, Academic Affairs Office, Library, etc.) while they are enrolled in the program. Many resources are also found on Westminster’s website, such as the resources posted by the Center for Theological Writing.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance.
A student may complete the Modular Th.M. program in as little as three years. It is anticipated that candidates will complete all degree requirements within six years. Students may take a minimum of one course per year and remain current in the program.
All registered students should complete the Travel Information Form, including their flight details (if applicable), at least one month prior to the module start date. Within a month of the module start date, students who have not completed the Travel Form should contact email@example.com directly to deal with travel and housing logistics.
The travel package includes local transportation, hotel, and meals.
A student may decline the travel package and make their own transportation arrangements. Those who decline the travel package may have the option of paying a $135 meal fee, which covers lunches and dinners, Monday through Thursday as well as Friday's lunch. Since these community meal times provide a time of fellowship with other students as well as the course instructors--often building on in-class discussion--participation is highly encouraged.
The travel package includes hotel accommodations and local transportation Monday through Friday afternoon. Hotel stays and transportation at times other than those covered by the travel package will be at the student’s expense. For those desiring to arrive or depart at times other than those arranged by Westminster, staff can provide recommendations for hotel accommodations and transportation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.