Master of Theology


The most advanced theological degree at the master's level, the Master of Theology (Th.M.) allows students to gain a high level of competency in one major area of study after completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Education. The Th.M. enhances ministerial practice, preparation for doctoral studies, and further mastery of a specialized discipline.

Entrance Requirements

The student must have completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary or divinity school with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students declare their major (or concentration) on the admissions form or Continued Studies Request form.

International applicants must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test or 250 on the computer-based test. Students who do not complete the internet-based TOEFL must also complete the TSE (Test of Spoken English).

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by the following dates:

Fall: July 15
Spring: December 15
Summer: April 15

International students must meet earlier deadlines as set by the Office of International Student Services.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Theology consists of 25 hours for the thesis track or 24 hours with the non-thesis track. Students will major in the area of Educational Ministries.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Advanced Academic Writing Practicum

Advanced Academic Writing Practicum RSRCH 5002 2
  Total 2

Reading Seminars

Reading Seminar I   2
Reading Seminar II   2
  Total 4

Concentration Studies

Concentration Seminar I   3
Concentration Seminar II   3
Concentration Seminar III   3
Concentration Seminar IV   3
Concentration Seminar V   3
Non-Thesis Track: Optional Elective   3
  Total 15–18


Thesis Track: Thesis 4
  Total 4
  Degree Total 24–25


Non-Thesis Track

Students pursuing the non-thesis track must pass a comprehensive exam in the chosen major. The comprehensive exam will be registered in the final semester.

Thesis Track

The Th.M. thesis should demonstrate the student's ability to design a viable research project, pursue the research in relative independence, and write with clarity and force. An acceptable thesis should go beyond the description of data and include critical evaluation and interpretive judgment. The thesis must address a topic in the student's major. The thesis supervisor is assinged in consultation with the program supervisor and the Associate Dean for Master's Programs. 

The Advanced Academic Writing Seminar must be taken prior to Thesis Writing. Guidelines for thesis submission may be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean for Master's Programs. The student should work closely with the thesis supervisor through all stages of thesis work.

Time Limitations

All requirements, including the thesis, must be completed within three years of entrance into the program.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Master of Theology, contact Dr. Mark Taylor, Associate Dean for Master's Programs:

Phone: (817) 923-1921 ext. 6950.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 22696, Fort Worth, TX  76122