Master of Theology (M.Th.) Degree Specifics:
Program Advisors and Support Staff
See above under Support Staff. Each campus, center, and online modality has persons designated to advise MTh students. Additionally, the student, in consultation with his or her advisor, will declare the 18-hour emphasis (Pastoral Leadership, Biblical Studies or Theological Studies).
Program Academic Expectations
The Master of Theology is an academically challenging program of study. Thirty (30) hours of graduate coursework is required for the degree. Note the following expectations.
- GPA average during pursuit of the degree must be 3.0 for all courses.
- Only one “C” grade may be offered for credit toward the 30 required hours.
- No “D” grade will be accepted as satisfactory for degree completion. Students earning a “D” grade may repeat the course, and the highest grade (of B or better - or see previous requirement related to the acceptability of one grade of “C”) earned in a subsequent attempt will be considered for degree completion.
18-hour Christian Studies Prerequisite
An 18-hour prerequisite of undergraduate Christian Studies may be met (for the M.Th. applicant who lacks such) by taking these courses fully online through the School of Theology’s undergraduate program. Each undergraduate semester at least four (4) online courses are offered at the undergraduate level.
Program Course Sequence
A student may complete the program in 14 months for the Pastoral Leadership track (provided he or she has the prerequisite 18 hours of undergraduate Christian Studies coming into the program). Other emphases (Biblical Studies and Theological Studies) may be completed in 18 months. The course sequence for the next three years follows.
Interruption and Resumption of Studies
If, for whatever reason, the student does not register for courses in two consecutive Graduate Terms, he or she must re-apply for admission through the Office of Graduate Admissions.