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Reclaiming Advanced Biblical Scholarship

Discernment. Precision. Conviction. These are the principles that matter when it comes to theological excellence and biblical fidelity. As challenges to the truth mount from outside and inside the church, the Master of Theology program provides the depth and clarity you need to hold fast the word of truth in challenging times, and equip others to do the same. (space) The Master of Theology program builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the Master of Divinity program. It is designed to take students deeper and farther—whether the goal is the proclamation of the Word in the pulpit, the training of ministers in the classroom, or the preparation for doctoral studies in the academy.

Scholar

Specialize in one of four emphases of academic study, gaining competency in current trends, historical expression, and essential truths.

Exegete

Improve your skills in the interpretation of God’s Word by refining your knowledge of hermeneutics and the biblical languages.

Teacher

Grow in the abilities of effective communication through seminars in pedagogy and opportunities to present papers for review.

Contributor

Cultivate excellence in writing by demonstrating critical thinking, in-depth interaction, and thorough research.

Core Classes and Schedule

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The Master of Theology program offers four emphases: Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, and Bible Exposition.

New Testament Discipline (PhD and Non-PhD Track)

Year 1 - Fall UnitsYear 1 - Spring UnitsYear 2 - Fall UnitsYear 2 - Spring Units
Intro. to Academic Research (EP 810) 1Philosophy of Pedagogy (EP 820) 1Practice of Pedagogy (EP 830) 1Advanced Research Methods (NT 840) OR PhD Track- ThM Thesis ** (NT 838) 3
Exegesis of Genesis 1-11 (OT 861) 2Exegesis of John (NT 870) 2Seminar in Soteriology (TH 824) 2Exegesis of Luke-Acts (NT 861) 2
Exegesis of Pastoral Epistles (NT 877) 2Criticism of Syn. Gospels (NT 856) 2Seminar in Eschatology (TH 888) 2Directed Study / Elective OR PhD Track- Theological German (GR 800) 2
NT Textual Criticisms* (NT 855) 2Advanced Greek Grammar *(NT 853) 2Winterim Course OR PhD Track- Theological Latin* (LT 800) and Thesis Intro. Methods ** (NT 837A) 2* incorporates PhD qualifying exam ** incorporates thesis fee

Old Testament Discipline (PhD and Non-PhD Track)

Year 1 - Fall UnitsYear 1 - Spring UnitsYear 2 - Fall UnitsYear 2 - Spring Units
Intro. to Academic Research (EP 810) 1Philosophy of Pedagogy (EP 820) 1Practice of Pedagogy (EP 830) 1Advanced Research Methods OR PhD Track- ThM Thesis ** (OT 838) 2
Exegesis of Genesis 1-11 (OT 861) 2Exegesis of John (NT 870) 2Seminar in Soteriology (Th 824) 2Advanced Hebrew Grammar (OT 853) 2
Seminar in Eschatology (TH 888) 2Biblical Aramaic (OT 872) 2Exegesis of Zechariah (OT 863) 2Directed Study/Elective OR PhD Track- Theological German (GR 800) 2
Old Testament Issues * (OT 841) 2Advanced Hebrew Readings * (OT 871) 2Winterim Course OR PhD Track- Akkadian * (OT 873) AND Thesis Intro. Methods (OT 837A) 2* incorporates PhD qualifying exam ** incorporates thesis fee

Theological Studies Discipline (PhD and Non-PhD Track)

Year 1 - Fall UnitsYear 1 - Spring UnitsYear 2 - Fall UnitsYear 2 - Spring Units
Intro. to Academic Research (EP 810) 1Philosophy of Pedagogy (EP 820) 1Practice of Pedagogy (Ep 830) 1Advanced Research Methods OR PhD Track- ThM Thesis ** (OT 838) 3
Seminar in Soteriology (TH 824) 2Exegesis of John (NT 870) 2Exegesis of Genesis 1-11 (OT 861) 2Seminar in Theology Proper (TH 816) 2
Seminar in Eschatology (TH 888) 2Seminar in Dispensational Theology (TH 828) 2Seminar in Bibliology (TH 813) 2Directed Study/Elective OR PhD Track- Theological German (GR 800) 2
Readings in Historical Theology *(TH 805) 2Readings in Systematic Theology *(TH 807) 2Winterim Course OR PhD Track- Theological Latin* (LT 800) and Thesis Intro. Methods ** (NT 837A)2* incorporates PhD qualifying exam ** incorporates thesis fee

Bible Exposition Discipline (PhD and Non-PhD Track)

Year 1 - FallUnitsYear 1 - SpringUnitsYear 2 - FallUnitsYear 2 - SpringUnits
Intro. to Academic Research (EP 810)1Philosophy of Pedagogy (EP 820)1Practice of Pedagogy (EP 830)1Advanced Research Methods OR PhD Track- ThM Thesis ** (OT 838) 3
Seminar in Bibliology* (TH 813)2Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles (NT 877)2Exegesis of Psalm 119 (OT 864)2From Text to Exposition: Romans (BI 870)2
Readings in Contemporary Hermeneutics* (BI 824)2History of Biblical Interpretation Pt I (BT 830)2History of Biblical Interp. Pt II (BI 831)2Directed Study/Elective OR PhD Track- Theological German (GR 800)2
Readings in Contemporary Homiletics (BI 826)2History of Biblical Preaching *(BI 832)2Winterim Course OR PhD Track- Theological Latin* (LT 800) and Thesis Intro. Methods ** (NT 837A)2* incorporates PhD qualifying exam ** incorporates thesis fee

What it Takes Complete

2-3
Years to Complete
28-29
Required Units
4
Modular Sessions

Compare Master of Theology to our other Programs


Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Doctor of Ministry

Prerequisites

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. 3+ years of commendable pastoral ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Enhanced skills in sermon preparation and public exposition of Scripture

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an experienced biblical expositor, to add further understanding, quality, and depth to the exegetical skill needed in sermon preparation.
  2. As an experienced biblical expositor, to add further understanding, quality, and depth to the sermon content synthesis.
  3. As an experienced biblical expositor, to add further understanding, quality, and depth to the rhetorical eloquence.
  4. As an experienced biblical expositor, to demonstrate enhanced expository preaching skills in a culminating program project.

Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Master of Divinity

Prerequisites

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience.

Career Outcomes

Qualification for pastoral, missionary, and Christian education ministries, as well as further graduate study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. As a future elder, pastor, missionary, or educator, comprehend the significant areas of biblical interpretation, biblical languages, Christian theology and pastoral ministry.
  2. As a future elder/pastor, construct a personal, biblical philosophy of ministry with application to the desired vocational goals.
  3. As a future preacher/teacher of the Scripture, synthesize the input of biblical languages, Bible backgrounds and theological constructs to preach and teach the Bible to varied age levels and abilities within any ministry context.
  4. As a future spiritual leader, exhibit the disciplines of holiness, prayer, leadership, and compassion required for ministry.

Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Doctor of Philosophy

Prerequisites

  1. Master of Theology
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification for professorship, writing, and research

Learning Outcomes

  1. As a critical thinker, collect and analyze primary and secondary sources of information, critique interpretations of the evidence, synthesize the evidence for future scholarly contributions to the field of study, and draw and integrate implications for professional practice.
  2. As a theological exegete, apply exegetical skills to the biblical text, develop a theological critique of views related to the text, and connect the issue with its historical precedents.
  3. As a scholarly communicator, engage in quality written papers and oral presentations in colloquia for the purpose of disseminating personal scholarship to peer audiences as well as future readers and hearers of their work

Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Bachelor of Theology

Prerequisites

  1. A minimum of 30 semester units of undergraduate general education credits, with at least 3 of those credits in math
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience.
  3. Over 25 years old

Career Outcomes

Qualification for pastoral, missionary, and Christian education ministries, as well as further graduate study

Learning Outcomes

  1. As a future elder, pastor, missionary, or educator, comprehend the significant areas of biblical interpretation, biblical languages, Christian theology and pastoral ministry.
  2. As a future elder/pastor, construct a personal, biblical philosophy of ministry with application to the desired vocational goals.
  3. As a future preacher/teacher of the Scripture, synthesize the input of biblical languages, Bible backgrounds and theological constructs to preach and teach the Bible to varied age levels and abilities within any ministry context.
  4. As a future spiritual leader, exhibit the disciplines of holiness, prayer, leadership, and compassion required for ministry.

Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Diploma of Theology

Prerequisites

  1. o previous degrees required
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience
  3. Over 25 years old

Career Outcomes

Qualification for pastoral, missionary, and Christian education ministries, as well as further graduate study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. As a future elder, pastor, missionary, or educator, comprehend the significant areas of biblical interpretation, biblical languages, Christian theology and pastoral ministry.
  2. As a future elder/pastor, construct a personal, biblical philosophy of ministry with application to the desired vocational goals.
  3. As a future preacher/teacher of the Scripture, synthesize the input of biblical languages, Bible backgrounds and theological constructs to preach and teach the Bible to varied age levels and abilities within any ministry context.
  4. As a future spiritual leader, exhibit the disciplines of holiness, prayer, leadership, and compassion required for ministry.

Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.



Master of Theology

Degree Requirements

  1. Master of Divinity (or M.Div-equivalent M.A. of at least 72 credits)
  2. A consistent record of commendable Christian ministry experience

Career Outcomes

Qualification to fulfill a teaching position and pursue doctoral study, such as the PhD

Learning Outcomes

  1. As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature and scholarship.
  2. As an advancing exegete, employ more refined skills in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation.
  3. As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  4. As an advancing researcher, demonstrate thoughtfulness, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in scholarly writing

Structure

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.


Frequent Questions

How is the Th.M. curriculum structured?

In the 28-unit, modular Th.M. program, students are given the opportunity to select an Old Testament, New Testament, or theology emphasis.

Exams

There are four major exams pertinent to each discipline, embedded in corresponding courses. The exams serve as Ph.D. qualifying exams.

Capstone Project

Students will produce a thesis-equivalent portfolio under the guidance of a faculty advisor. At 150–200 pages, this capstone project is composed of at least six scholarly papers, which are intended to provide a multifaceted background for those who go on to pursue doctoral studies.

Location

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.

What does the modular format look like?

To accommodate the pastor, teacher, or missionary already engaged in ministry, the Master of Theology program does not require residency at the Los Angeles campus. For each 15-week seminar, students can connect online from anywhere in the world for most of the weekly lectures and discussions. Students are required to meet in-person for one week, once each semester.

The 18-week fall and spring semesters are divided into three segments:

  1. The pre-module period involves 10 weeks of interactive learning facilitated through Canvas—our online learning platform.
  2. In-person courses at the Los Angeles campus are held for 1–3 weeks.
  3. After the in-person courses end, the term allows for an additional 5 weeks of supplemental learning facilitated through Canvas.
How do the Th.M. and Ph.D. programs complement each other?

The Master of Theology is a preparation degree for the Ph.D. program. Qualifying exams for the Ph.D. are incorporated into the Th.M. curriculum so that students are qualified to enter the doctoral program upon successful completion of the Th.M.

The Th.M. program is ideally completed in two-to-three years, and the Ph.D. program is completed in an additional two-to-three years.

The programs are designed as two halves of a whole. The Th.M. is the coursework that prepares students to write their dissertations in the Ph.D. program. During their Ph.D. studies, students will present a series of colloquia and a defense to the faculty.

If I continue with doctoral study at TMS, who will be my faculty advisor?

Students in the doctoral program will have three readers. The first is their advisor, who will be a member of the TMS faculty. The second reader is another faculty member, and the third is an outside reader from another like-minded seminary.

Advisors are assigned based on a student’s emphasis and the faculty’s availability. Upon application to the program, students may request an advisor. On occasion, a faculty member may also request to serve as advisor to a specific student.

Why TMS?

You wouldn’t trust a doctor who didn’t train at a hospital, who had never cared for an actual patient. In the same way, you shouldn’t entrust the care of your soul, or your family’s, to a pastor with no local church experience. You want someone who was trained in the church and trained by pastors.

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