Master of Theology
Master of Divinity
This three-year program provides professional graduate training for the Christian
ministry. It is designed to give sound academic preparation without forfeiting
genuine spiritual life. There is a careful balance between quality education
and practical instruction under qualified supervision. A thorough training in
theology and the biblical languages is central to this curriculum so that the
minister might be an able expositor of God’s Word. Thus the program has
been structured for men called of God to the gospel ministry in various capacities.
A student must possess a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a recognized
college or university.
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This program is offered for those desiring advanced training beyond the Master of Divinity level. It offers specialized biblical training, and is designed for those, such as teachers, whose calling requires advanced graduate work.
DBTS now offers two tracks for the Master of Theology degree:
Th.M. thesis track—requires the completion of 32 credit hours, comprised of 27 credit hours of classroom academic work, plus the writing of a research thesis for five additional credits.
Th.M. non-thesis track—requires 33 credit hours of classroom academic work.
Those who are contemplating further graduate study toward a Ph.D. degree are encouraged to pursue the Th.M. thesis track. The completion of a research thesis makes an important contribution to one’s overall preparation for doctoral work.
Some students may only wish to further their education by taking classes in the Th.M. program. They have no immediate plans to enter a Ph.D. program and pursue a scholarly career. Most seminary graduates will properly enter pastoral ministry but can genuinely benefit from further study in the Th.M. program. For those students, the non-thesis Th.M. track can be an appealing and enriching experience.
The student entering this program must demonstrate superior ability and maturity and must have earned a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from a recognized seminary. A 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) must have been achieved in Master of Divinity work. (A rare exception may be granted by the faculty in case of extremely mitigating circumstances.) Graduates of DBTS who apply for the Th.M. program should fill out a special application form. Those new to the Seminary must go through the normal application procedure.
Each student enrolled in the Master of Theology Program is required to take at least two postgraduate seminars (maximum of four) during the resident training. Within the field of study being considered for a given semester, the student is assigned a specific topic on which to do independent research and to report the results of his research to the class. Grades are determined by the faculty on the basis of the studentís reading, research, writing, classroom presentation, and response to and interaction with other class presentations and discussion. Seminars are offered one each semester on a rotating basis at the option of the Academic Dean.
741 Seminar in Old Testament Theology
742 Seminar in New Testament Theology
743 Seminar on the Intertestamental Period
744 Seminar on Old Testament Problem Texts
745 Seminar on Problems in Dispensationalism
746 Seminar on Contemporary Theology
747 Seminar on Theological Issues in Bibliology
748 Seminar in Hermeneutics
749 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Ethics
751 Seminar in Historical Theology
752 Seminar in Eschatology
753 Seminar in New Testament Problem Texts
754 Seminar in Systematic Theology
755 Seminar in Soteriology
756 Seminar in Pneumatology
757 Seminar in Contemporary Doctrinal Issues
758 Seminar in Apologetics
Transfer of Credits
Up to six semester hours of credit may be transferred from an acceptable postgraduate program elsewhere.
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