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2018-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theology, M.Th.

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Degree offered at: Harrodsburg, Louisville, Available Online

The Master of Theology program is a 30-hour program of graduate theological and ministerial training that provides an 18-hour emphasis in one of three areas (Pastoral Leadership, Biblical Studies and Theological Studies) and prepares the Christian minister for effective kingdom service through the church for the world. This degree option is designed to create servant leaders for the church and for the world by helping students refine their calling in life and ministry and is available in a fully online format or on site at our Regional Centers in Louisville or Harrodsburg.

The Master of Theology student selects one of the three areas for the 18-hour emphasis and then completes the remaining 12 hours by selecting 6 hours of courses in the remaining two areas (as categorized below).

Pastoral Leadership Biblical Studies Theological Studies
Emphasis (18 hrs.) Emphasis (18 hrs.) Emphasis (18 hrs.)
Biblical Studies (6 hrs.) Pastoral Leadership (6 hrs.) Pastoral Leadership (6 hrs.)
Theological Studies (6 hrs.) Theological Studies (6 hrs.) Biblical Studies (6 hrs.)

Master of Theology (M.Th.) 18-hour Core Courses for Each Emphasis: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Leadership, and Theological Studies




Elective Courses:

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.

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