Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
26 $538 Show Unit Breakdown for Emphases
Bible Exposition 12-15 0 0 0 5 0 0 3-6
Missions & Intercultural Studies 0 0 0 12-15 5 0 0 3-6
New Testament 0 12-15 0 0 5 0 0 3-6
Old Testament & Semitics 0 12-15 0 0 5 0 0 3-6
Theology (emphasis in Historical Theology) 0 0 0 0 5 0 12-15 3-6
Theology (emphasis in Systematic Theology) 0 0 0 0 5 0 12-15 3-6

Overview

The Master of Theology curriculum is a challenging post-graduate degree program designed to equip students with specialized academic knowledge and advanced professional skills in one of the theological disciplines. The program is of special interest to students who aspire to teach—whether in the church, a Bible college or seminary, an extension center, or in a cross-cultural setting. This is in accord with both A.T.S. (Association of Theological Schools) and A.A.B.C. (American Association of Bible Colleges) which consider the Th.M. degree the minimum educational credential for teaching biblical and theological subjects at accredited seminaries and Bible schools. The program also provides an excellent preparation for those who anticipate further study at the Ph.D. and Th.D. level.

Qualified students aspiring to excellence and leadership in many areas of ministry and service for Christ find the Th.M. program personally enriching and academically stimulating.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Theology program is to equip students with specialized academic knowledge and advanced professional skills in one of the theological disciplines in order to advance the cause of Christ in theological higher education and the Christian community.

Emphases

Outcomes

As a result of this program, the student will:

Research and Scholarship

  • Understand what constitutes, and be able to formulate, a productive research question.
  • Be committed to the value of, and competently conduct, advanced theological research and writing.

Discipline Competence

  • Appreciate the importance of, and be able to use the biblical languages in advanced theological research.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of expertise in discipline-specific primary source literature, as well as a commitment to its use in scholarly research.
  • Attain a survey knowledge of the historical development of the student’s discipline, especially focusing on significant individuals and contributions of the modern era.

Teaching Knowledge and Skills

  • Understand and apply the major theories of learning and the essential components of effective teaching and assessment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to, and ability to carry out, sound pedagogical practices for teaching in formal and non-formal educational settings.
  • Demonstrate ability and be committed to relating acquired academic expertise to a multicultural and postmodern context.

Program Requirements

The Th.M. is a 26 semester-hour program with two options for program structure: a thesis track and a non-thesis track.

Thesis Track

Students choosing the thesis track will complete 20 units of coursework and write a thesis for which they will be awarded 6 semester-units. Students who opt to write a thesis must produce an acceptable piece of research evidencing a high degree of scholarly competence in the student's major.

  • 5 units Prescribed

  • 12 units Major area

  • 3 units Elective

  • 6 units Thesis

  • Comprehensive examination

Non-Thesis Track

Students opting for the non-thesis track will be required to complete 26 units of coursework. They will also be asked to submit two papers to the major department which give evidence of their ability to research and write on a high academic level. The papers submitted may be the product of coursework.

  • 5 units Prescribed

  • 15 units Major area

  • 6 units Elective

  • Comprehensive examination

Research Seminar

All Master of Theology students are required to take the 890 level Research Seminar. The seminar is designed to introduce the student to research methodology employed in the various biblical and theological disciplines. The seminar is led by faculty representatives from each of the departments in biblical and theological studies. The seminar is a foundational part of the Th.M. program and is reserved for Th.M. students only. A $50 mentor fee will be required of all students participating in the Th.M. research seminar.

Concurrent Enrollment Option

Senior Talbot M.Div. students who have completed 80 or more units and are accepted in the Th.M. program are permitted to take up to four units of Th.M. coursework in the last semester of the Master of Divinity program (additional Th.M. courses may be taken in Interterm or Summer Session). These courses may not be credited toward the M.Div. degree and must meet all normal Th.M. standards. This option allows students who have only one or two courses remaining in their M.Div. program to start on their Th.M. program while finishing their M.Div.

Comprehensive Examinations

All candidates for the Master of Theology degree must pass a written comprehensive examination over the major field of study. These examinations serve as a major means of evaluating the student's academic competency in the major area. Comprehensive examinations may be taken any time after completion of 18 units of Th.M. coursework. Only two retakes of the examination are permitted.

Admissions Requirements

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The student must present an accredited Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor or Master of Divinity degree or educationally equivalent M.A. Specifically, they must have maintained at least a 3.25 average in their Divinity program and have completed at least nine semester hours of Greek beyond beginning Greek and nine semester hours of Hebrew. Applicants deficient in the biblical languages may take the prerequisite units at Talbot while taking other Th.M. courses, but such deficiencies must be made up before more than 16 units in other subjects may be taken. Divinity degrees presented from non-accredited seminaries and theological schools are individually evaluated. Deficiencies discerned in such cases may be made up by coursework at Talbot or other specified accredited institutions. Students must also have the personal qualifications necessary for a minister of Christ, including promise of future usefulness. They must be spiritually qualified by providing evidence of a born-again experience and a consistent Christian manner of life.

Graduation Requirements

Degrees are awarded to qualified candidates at the university’s winter and spring commencements. Students are required to be present for graduation unless advance permission to graduate in absentia has been secured. To qualify for graduation, candidates must have completed all required coursework (26 units) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and satisfactorily passed their comprehensive examinations. No grade less than a C (2.0) will be credited toward the Th.M. degree units. Students who repeat courses for the purpose of raising their GPA must adhere to the University’s general policy for grades, as spelled out in the graduate program catalog. Candidates for the Th.M. degree should also manifest promise of usefulness in Christian ministry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character and evidence sound theological beliefs in accordance with the university’s doctrinal statement. Additional requirements are as follows:

Residence Requirements

A minimum of two semesters in residence at Talbot is required for the Th.M. degree.

Transfer Credit

Up to four units of Th.M.–level credit from another accredited seminary or theological school may be accepted toward fulfillment of Th.M. course requirements.

Time Limit for Degree

All course, examination and thesis requirements must be completed within five years, beginning on the date of the student’s first registration for Th.M. courses at Talbot.

Curriculum

Th.M. Handbook

Th.M. Handbook

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