2018-2019 University Catalog

Master of Theology


The Master of Theology program is a one-year (24-25 credits) academic post-graduate degree built on top of the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent. It is designed to equip students with specialized academic awareness and professional skills so as to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in theological education and the Christian community. The Th.M. degree is viewed by the Association of Theological Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education as the minimum educational qualification for teaching at the Bible college and seminary levels. It also is preparatory for Ph.D. or Th.D. level studies.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Th.M. program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in research skills within the area of their discipline.
  • Use the biblical languages in advanced biblical and theological research.
  • Demonstrate awareness of both current and traditional substantive theological issues, awareness of theological heritage and ability to harness biblical and theological perspectives toward cultural engagement.
  • Show evidence an increasing love for Jesus Christ through affirmative engagement with his Word in a context of Christian community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to, and ability to carry out, sound pedagogical theory and practice for teaching in a variety of educational settings including the college level.

Program Options

Students choose from one of two areas of academic study:

  1. Biblical Studies: Advanced studies in history, language and exegesis of Old Testament (HEB), New Testament (GRK), and biblical theology (BTH).
  2. Theological Studies: Advanced studies in theology including biblical theology (BTH), historical theology (HTH) and systematic theology (Th, IS 701, IS 650).


  1. Possess a Master of Divinity degree or the educational equivalent, with a minimum 3.25 grade point average (4.0 scale), from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Schools accredited by other agencies will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Graduate study should include:
    1. Six semester hours of Greek beyond the first year.
    2. Three or four semesters of Hebrew depending on choice of Th.M. major.
    3. An adequate background in biblical and theological studies (10 hours of theology; 6 hours of church history or historical theology; 15 hours of New and Old Testament literature).
  2. Submission of an acceptable sample of master’s level research in the form of a 12-20 page research paper may be required.
  3. See the Admission & Financial Information section of the catalog for information about other admission requirements.

M.Div. Equivalency for Master of Theology

Students holding an M.A. in Biblical Studies (or similar) may be considered for admission following completion of coursework that brings their graduate studies to the equivalent of the M.Div. For the purposes of M.Div. equivalency, the faculty has established a minimum of 72 units, which should include courses in counseling, preaching, and leadership. The exact amount of units required to establish M.Div. equivalency will depend on courses completed. Interested prospective students should request a transcript evaluation to determine the amount of worked needed and courses to be taken.

For MABS/Master of Theology sequence, see MABS program information.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all general graduation requirements as listed earlier in this section.
  2. Complete required program credits with at least 12 credits earned at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (4.0 scale) for Th.M. work.
  4. Normally, complete the course work within a two-year period from the date of matriculation.
  5. Completion of a supervised teaching fellow internship experience in the seminary, college, or equivalent setting.
  6. A major in Biblical Studies or Theological Studies of at least 16 hours (inclusive of applicable required seminars).
  7. A total of at least 24 hours of studies.