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Master of Theology in Biblical Studies

The Th.M. in Biblical Studies is an advanced post-graduate degree intended to prepare students with the knowledge and research skills required for in-depth study of the Bible. Students will have the opportunity to grow in their use of Hebrew and Greek, as well as advance their understanding of biblical theology and current trends in biblical studies.

Classified with research doctorates, the ThM is often an important stepping stone to the PhD degree. This degree is designed for those with an MDiv who want additional, focused training in biblical studies. Students will engage with an outstanding faculty in rigorous study of the Scriptures, be exposed to contemporary and historical biblical scholarship, learn to think critically, and communicate their ideas clearly. Due to the rigor of study and the intentionality of small class sizes, the Master of Theology is only available in our traditional campus setting.

The Master of Theology is a residential program that treasures academic community on the campus of Phoenix Seminary. We believe an excellent academic culture manifests itself in substantive interactions between faculty and students and their peers both in the classroom and outside of it. In ThM Research Seminars, we expect students to strive towards academic excellence by presenting their own work in the forms of scholarly reviews and research papers and also in constructive dialogue over the work of their peers. Good conversations that begin in class are often continued in other places on campus.

Features

  • Full-time students may complete the Th.M. in 18 months (four consecutive semesters).
  • Phoenix Seminary M.Div. students, who meet the following requirements, may register for Th.M. courses:
    • 60 hours completed and meet the prerequisites of the Th.M. course
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25
    • Complete the Th.M. admissions application
  • Th.M. Fellowships are available. Recipients of these stipends will work with Resident Faculty in areas such as teaching, exam construction, rubric development, paper grading, and research.

Program Details

Typical Courses Typical Courses

THESIS OPTION: 26 Credits

  • BC600 Advanced Biblical/Theological Research Methods
  • OT6## Old Testament Seminar
  • NT6## New Testament Seminar
  • OT or NT Seminar: (Choose OT6## or NT6##)
  • MDiv Elective: (Choose BL/OT/NT6##)
  • MDiv Elective: (Choose BL/OT/NT6##)
  • BL697 Thesis 1

NON-THESIS OPTION: 26 Credits

  • BC600 Advanced Biblical/Theological Research Methods
  • OT6## Old Testament Seminar
  • NT6## New Testament Seminar
  • OT or NT Seminar: (Choose OT6## or NT6##)
  • MDiv Elective: (Choose BL/OT/NT6##)
  • MDiv Elective: (Choose BL/OT/NT6##)
  • OT680 OT Individualized Study
  • NT680 NT Individualized Study
Admissions Requirements
  • ATS-accredited Master of Divinity degree
  • Language Requirements—Hebrew (8 semester units) and Greek (8 semester units).
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required.
  • Applicants are required to submit a major research paper (15–20 pages) in the Biblical Studies.
Vocational Outcomes Each graduate of the Master of Theology degree program will be equipped to:
  • Pursue a Ph.D.
  • Teach
  • Pastor
  • Pursue further academic research
Program Documents

Th.M. Thesis Guidebook

 

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