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.


Applicants for admission to the Master of Theology program must hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies or the international equivalent, and must have received a master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a seminary or university accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada or its international equivalent.

New Scholarships for Th.M. Students

Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to offer scholarships equal to full tuition for students in the Masters of Theology program. To be eligible, applications for the program must be complete by March 15.

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.