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Master of Theology (ThM)

Master of Theology (ThM)

The Master of Theology (ThM) degree program is the most advanced academic program offered at Western Seminary. Unlike many other seminaries, our ThM degree is not a four year degree, but a more specialized academic program. The flexibility of the ThM also provides excellent preparation for future doctoral studies.




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What Sets Our Master of Theology Training Apart?

  • Half of our ThM graduates serve in pastoral roles, while the other half enter teaching roles, thanks to an emphasis on applying research to ministry practice.
  • Our faculty features high-caliber visiting professors like D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, and Marc Cortez, complimenting an excellent assortment of Western faculty.
  • Blend elective courses with your choice of seminars in theology, New Testament, Old Testament, historical theology, biblical literature, and pastoral theology.
  • Our program utilizes a flexible design, which means that ThM students can complete their training with just 3-5 trips to the Portland campus.

See a list of courses

RE600 Graduate Research and Writing 2
RE602 Thesis 3
RE604 Colloquia (P/F graded; must be completed twice) 0
ThM Seminars 12
Advanced electives 8

Specialize Your Theological Studies

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Choose a specialization from one of the following tracks:

  • Systematic Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, as well as a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials
  • A Master of Divinity degree or academic master's degree from a regionally accredited institution that includes the following credits:
    • Biblical Studies - 10 credits
    • Hermeneutics - 2 credits
    • Church History - 4 credits
    • Greek - 6 credits
    • Hebrew - 6 credits
    • Systematic Theology - 12 credits

If you do not meet one of these requirements, contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative ThM admission options.