The Master of Sacred Theology is a one-year program (18 credits) for those who have completed their basic theological education with the M.Div. or its equivalent and who wish to pursue further study in a particular field within the curriculum of the Theological School. This degree is attractive to pastors who wish to deepen their scholarly understanding of an area and for those who wish to pursue further academic work at the doctoral level.
Students must have met the following requirements for admission to the S.T.M. program:
- Applicants must hold the M.Div. (or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background, or its educational equivalent) from an accredited theological school and must have maintained at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Additional academic work beyond the M.Div. may also satisfy the 3.0 grade point average requirement. Applicants whose credentials fall outside these criteria are welcome to speak with an admissions representative about their individual circumstances. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.
- If an applicant’s academic record indicates deficiencies in certain areas prescribed by the Association of Theological Schools (A.T.S.) in the United States and Canada, that person may be required to take prerequisite courses that will not be credited toward the S.T.M. degree.
- No advanced standing is granted toward the S.T.M. degree.
- Applicants must submit an academic paper in English as part of their application. International students who have not done previous academic work in English may submit their own English translation of another paper.
- All applications for the fall semester must be complete by March 1 of that year. Applications for the spring semester must be complete by October 1 of the previous fall.
The following learning outcomes are anticipated for Master of Sacred Theology students:
- an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline
- the capacity to use research methods and resources in the discipline
- the ability to formulate productive scholarly questions