THM

Master of Theology

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The Master of Theology program equips you to develop a breadth of knowledge in a major field of theological study through in-depth research.

The Master of Theology program offers specialization in two fields: Biblical Studies (concentrations in Old Testament or New Testament) and Historical & Theological Studies (concentrations in church history, systematic theology, or apologetics).
Westminster’s integrated training will prepare you to:

Demonstrate mastery of core methods and tools of theological research

Gain expertise in a chosen field of theological study

Produce scholarly work that contributes to the advancement of a major theological field

Deepen your theological understanding to better serve in pastoral ministry, teaching, or further academic scholarship

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Courses

6–8

Years To Complete

1.5–3

Delivery Platforms

on-campus only
online only
Both On-campus & Online

Biblical Languages

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“The ThM was an exciting time of theological research and learning, and it made for an excellent transition into doctoral studies.Through the tutelage of Westminster faculty, I began to realize that serious theological inquiry is enjoined by the Lord and should be carried out in obedience to him, in service to his church, and at every point to his glory. ‘You are not pursuing a career, but a calling,’ one faculty member said. That changed everything for me.”

NATHAN SHANNON
Professor of Systematic Theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University
integrated training
The Master of Theology program combines deep theological study with rigorous research methods under the guidance of expert faculty.
Our curriculum is crafted to be cumulatively sequential and thoroughly integrated.

Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.

Core Courses
3 courses

In order to ensure that our ThM students are informed In their area of research, you will take three courses in your specific field of study.

Elective Courses
3 courses

In addition to your three core courses, you will take three elective courses of your choice from our expert faculty.

Students need to demonstrate proficiency in either Latin, German, French, or Dutch by way of a language exam.

Studies culminate in the production of a major work of research, either through a master’s thesis or through two courses with research papers within the student’s field.
Westminster’s expert faculty is made up of dynamic biblical scholars who are personally invested in mentoring and training the next generation of specialists in the Bible.
William Edgar
Apologetics
Scott Oliphint
Apologetics
Nate Shannon
Apologetics
Chad Van Dixhoorn
Church History
Todd Rester
Church History
Brandon Crowe
New Testament
David Briones
New Testament
Guy Waters
New Testament
Stephen Coleman
Old Testament
Jonathan Gibson
Old Testament
David Garner
Systematic Theology
Vern Poythress
Systematic Theology
Sinclair Ferguson
Systematic Theology
Brian Mattson
Systematic Theology
Peter Lillback
Church History
Iain Duguid
Old Testament
David Filson
Apologetics

The Master of Theology will prepare you to serve in a wide range of contexts.

THM ALUMNI SERVE in:

Teaching & Professorship

Writing & Publishing

Continuing academic scholarship

Pastoral Ministry

AVAILABLE ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS

To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Master of Divinity online, on-campus, or through a hybrid experience you design.

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THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE:

A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Flexible programs that fit your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.

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THE ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE:

Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the time expectations for the ThM program?

The minimum length of time to complete the ThM program is one academic year of full-time study. Students who take two courses per semester complete the program in two-and-a-half to four years. Students may take up to six years to complete the program including any leave of absence or withdrawal period.

What are modular courses?

The ThM offers courses in a week-long modular format for those who are unable to relocate. Modules are typically offered two times per year, in January and from late July through August.

What qualifications are needed to apply?

Applicants must normally have an MAR, MDiv, or first graduate theological degree and show evidence of knowledge of the original languages of Scripture at least equivalent to the Greek and Hebrew language requirements for Westminster’s MDiv and MAR degrees.

Can I take online and residential courses?

As a ThM student you may take courses online as well as on Westminster’s campus during intensive summer or January modules, or also throughout the fall and spring terms.

What scholarships are currently available for ThM students?

Limited funding is available. Contact our admissions counselors at admissions@wts.edu to learn more.

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