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 student’s 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.
The Th.M. consists of thirty-two semester hours of postgraduate work, including five hours for a thesis. A major may be completed in the field of New Testament, Old Testament, or Theology. The Th.M. curriculum consists of a three-hour Greek language elective, a three-hour Hebrew language elective, a three-hour Theology elective, six hours of postgraduate seminars, twelve hours of general electives, and a thesis worth five credit hours. Students who have not taken their systematic theology at DBTS must take at least two of the three systematic courses at reduced credit (3 hours each).
The submission of an acceptable thesis of approximately 70 to 100 pages in length is required for those students enrolled in the Th.M. thesis track. The thesis must be completed within two years from the finishing of all course work, except by special permission of the faculty for legitimately extenuating circumstances. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s competence in critical thinking, in doing original research, and in expressing himself in proper literary style. It must also show that he has an acceptable understanding of his subject and must be in basic agreement with the doctrinal position of the Seminary. The form and style of the thesis must conform to A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian and the Seminary’s own Style Manual for Papers and Theses. The Academic Dean will appoint two faculty members as a Th.M. committee for each student, one of which will be designated as the chairman and the other as an advisor and second reader of the thesis. The Academic Dean serves as an ex officio member of all such committees. A prospectus must be filed with the chairman of the student’s committee by November 1 of the school year in which the student expects to graduate. The first two chapters, typewritten in proper form, are due by January 5, and the first draft by March 15. The final draft must be completed by May 1, at which time the student will submit three clean copies. A total of five hours credit is given for the acceptable completion of the thesis.
Grade Point Average
A student must achieve a minimum 3.00 grade point average on all course work and thesis in order to graduate.