Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Richmond campus

  • The purpose of the Th.M. degree is to provide an additional year of academic preparation beyond the Master of Divinity degree for Christian leadership in pastoral and educational ministries, or in preparation for further graduate work.
  • Master of Theology graduates have an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline in the context of general theological study.

Admission

Candidates for the Th.M. program normally must have received a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies in the United States or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country.

Residency and Time Requirements

All enrollments in the Th.M. program must begin in a fall term. Union Presbyterian Seminary currently offers the Th.M. with concentrations in the following fields: Biblical Studies (Old Testament or New Testament); History of Christianity; Theology and Ethics; and Christian Education. Th.M. studies are coordinated by the student's faculty advisor and the director of graduate programs. Typically, Th.M. students complete the coursework and graduate in one academic year.

Summary of Course Requirements for the Th.M. Degree

All Th.M. students will successfully complete at least 30 semester hours, including a Th.M. thesis or summative project, and an oral exam based on their thesis or their summative project. Some Th.M. students may choose to concentrate their studies in a particular field (e.g., New Testament, American Christianity), while others may draw upon the resources of various departments.