MASTER OF THEOLOGY
A student who holds the Master of Divinity degree, or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background (including the requisite biblical languages), may apply for admission to the degree of Master of Theology (Th.M.). The program requires 32 credits.
The Th.M. program is designed for the student to advance his or her knowledge of a major field of theological research, particularly through the acquisition of, and practice in, the methods and tools of theological research. The student will advance his or her preparation for pastoral ministry, teaching ministry, or for more advanced graduate study. The following three concentrations are offered: Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, and Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology.
The Th.M. program emphasizes the integration of, and reciprocal influence of, hermeneutics, exegesis, biblical theology and systematic theology. Th.M. students study in the modular courses of the Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology.
The minimum length of time to complete the Th.M. program is two academic years of full-time study. Normally a student requires an additional year to complete the summative examination and then the thesis.
Student Learning Goals
Upon completion of the Th.M., students will:
- Explicate their chosen field and associated fields with breadth and depth of knowledge.
- Produce a scholarly work that makes an original contribution to the student’s specialization.
- Explain and interpret passages of Scripture directly from the original languages of the Bible.
- Demonstrate further preparation for pastoral ministry, teaching ministry, or more advanced graduate studies.
Degree Components and Requirements
- Core Components (20 credits)
- Reading Courses (4 credits)
- Summative Exam
- Electives (Choose 2 classes* or Thesis Course) (8 credits)
- *See AGTS Catalog for specific courses in each category.
A one-week, residential modular format for the course work is provided to facilitate in-service professionals. Courses are offered in February (one week), June (two weeks), and October (one week). One course may be taken per week. Additional trips to Springfield may be required for study and mentoring purposes.
Tentative Course Schedule
Class Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm, unless otherwise noted.
See the AGTS Catalog for a complete listing/description of the courses.
|Date||Course Number||Course Title, Syllabus and Supplemental Material||Professor|
|Feb. 25 - March 1||BOT 902||Literary Methods (Core 4)|
|June 3-7||BOT 943||Studies in the Pentateuch and Historical Books|
|June 10-14||BTH 906||Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit (Core 5)|
|October 21-25||BNT 945||Studies in the Writings of Paul|
|February 24-28||BTH 903||Hermeneutical Frameworks (Core 1)|
|June 1-5||BNT 901||New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Core 2)|
|June 8-12||BOT 942||Studies in the Psalms and Wisdom Literature|
|October 19-23||BNT 941||Studies in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts|