Degree Requirements

Master of Theology (ThM) Degree Requirements

To qualify for the ThM degree, a candidate must complete the following requirements:

Credit Hours

In fulfilling the 24 credit hours required to complete the ThM degree, students may not exceed the following limits:

  • Six credit hours for clinicals and internships.
  • Four credit hours for academic courses taken on an S/U basis.
  • Three hours for transfer credit (including ATA cross registration).
  • Nine hours for directed study.

Prerequisites for courses in the three areas of study do not apply to ThM students.

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GPA Requirements

Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

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Curricular Requirements

Students must complete the following courses and requirements in the ThM curriculum.

Required Courses

  • ThM501 Master of Theology Project Seminar (fall, 1 hour)
  • ThM650 Master of Theology Project (spring, 2 hours)

Post-MDiv Electives

Three courses of the student's choice. Post-MDiv electives may be extensions of Candler courses (three-hour course and one-hour ThM600 for a total of four hours), directed studies (four hours), or Graduate Division of Religion courses (usually three hours).


The remaining nine hours required for graduation will be satisfied by elective courses of the student's choice.

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Seminar and Major Research Paper

In consultation with the director and one other faculty member, the student must write a major research paper (typically 35 pages in length) on work done in the student’s area of concentration. This paper is part of the work of the ThM seminar and must be completed before the deadline in the academic calendar for the semester in which the student expects to graduate. The student will receive three total credit hours for the ThM project seminar (ThM501) and paper (ThM650). Both the project seminar and the paper must be taken for a letter grade and the minimum passing grade is a B.

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Each candidate’s program of study is arranged in consultation with the director of general and advanced studies who serves as the academic adviser for ThM students. Two regular semesters of study (24 credit hours) are required. Up to six hours may be credited for clinical or internship work. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the postMDiv level, including the required ThM project seminar, ThM project, and three postMDiv elective courses. Credit hours may be earned from regular courses or directed studies. Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Normally a one-year program, the degree must be completed within two calendar years.

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Application for the Degree

Early in the graduating semester, the candidate must make formal application for the ThM degree by the deadline stated in the academic calendar. A late fee of $25 will be assessed for applications submitted after this date. The Application for Degree is available in OPUS during a window of time set by the university registrar each semester.

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