Master of Theology
Master of Theology (Latin: Theologiae Magister, abbreviated ThM or MTh) is a postgraduate degree is an advanced theological research degree offered by universities, divinity schools, and seminaries. In many contexts, it is a degree pursued after first earning a primary degree in theological studies, such as a three-year Master of Divinity (MDiv) or a two-year Master of Arts (MA) in a theological subject.
The Master of Theology often includes one or two years of specialized advanced studies in theological research (i.e. christian counseling, church history, systematic theology, etc.). Depending on the institution, it may or may not require comprehensive examinations and a research thesis, but is required to produce "learning outcomes that demonstrate advanced competency in one area or discipline of theological study and capacity to conduct original research in that area."
In North America, the Association of Theological Schools requires a Master of Theology, or the equivalent Master of Sacred Theology, to be the minimum educational credential for teaching theological subjects in its accredited seminaries and graduate schools. The Association of Theological Schools classifies both degrees as "Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Theological Research and Teaching."
The Master of Theology often functions as a terminal degree, dependent upon one's particular educational route or institution of study. Some institutions award a Master of Theology en route to a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology.
- Approved Degrees, Association of Theological Schools, retrieved 22 March 2019
- "Which Degree? MDiv vs. MA vs. ThM". Seminary Comparison. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- "Degree Program Standards" (PDF). Association of Theological Schools. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- See Advanced Research Programs (Th.M., Ph.D.), Asbury Theological Seminary, archived from the original on 13 November 2012, retrieved 8 December 2012 and Master of Theology (Th.M.), Duke University, retrieved 8 December 2012 for examples.
- "Doctor of Philosophy". SBTS. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Retrieved 18 January 2018.