Master of Theology

Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is an advanced degree that will develop your academic research and writing skills.

Academics

In Gateway's Th.M. program, you will gain invaluable research and writing skills to help you follow God's calling on your life and to progress towards your academic goals. Don't accept shortcuts - pursue excellence in your studies alongside a cohort of challenging, gospel-minded students.

Gateway's Th.M. is designed for flexibility - it requires 24 credit hours of coursework and only one in-person seminar week per semester. The Th.M. has emphases in biblical studies and theological studies and is available in a thesis and non-thesis format. 

The most important element of the program is our faculty. Built from Gateway's faculty and affiliated professors from partner institutions, your professors in the Ph.D. and Th.M. programs represent a unique opportunity; they bring together expertise in their academic fields as well as their ministry commitments. This assembly of educators, pastors, missionaries and more will press you work and study hard, while helping you prioritize the most important aspects of your life: your spirituality, your family and your ministry.

Faculty

Biblical Studies

Dan Gurtner - Professor of New Testament

David Howard - Professor of Old Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary

Richard Melick - Senior Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Alexander E. Stewart - Dean, Professor of New Testament Studies

John Taylor - Chair, Biblical Studies, Professor of New Testament

Paul Wegner - Senior Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies

Theology

Chris Chun - Chair, History/Theological Studies, Professor of Church History

Phil Hopkins - Professor of Missions

Christopher Morgan - Dean, School of Christian Ministries, Professor of Theology at California Baptist University

David Rathel - Director of AGS Program, Associate Professor of Christian Theology

John Shouse - Senior Professor of Christian Theology

Fields of Study

The Th.M. program offers emphases in the fields of biblical studies and theological studies . In the thesis format, you will participate in 6 credit hours of common required seminars, 12 credit hours of concentration seminars and 6 credit hours of thesis writing. In the non-thesis format, you will take 6 credit hours of common required seminars, 15 credit hours of concentration seminars and 3 credit hours in a guided research project.

Biblical Studies

A student pursuing a Biblical Studies Th.M. will do creative, contemporary research founded on the historical, philosophical, theological and methodological issues of the Old Testament and New Testament using biblical Hebrew and Greek extensively.

Biblical Studies Th.M. - Thesis Track Map

S4525 Research Methods Seminar 3 hrs
S4511 Hermeneutics 3 hrs
Required Seminars Total 6 hrs
Major Seminars 6 hrs
S4401 Advanced Greek Grammar 3 hrs
S4402 Advanced Greek Exegesis 3 hrs
or
S4201 Advanced Hebrew Grammar 3 hrs
S4202 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hrs
Concentration Seminars 12 hrs
Th.M. Thesis 6 hrs
Total Program 24 hrs

Biblical Studies Th.M. - Non-Thesis Track Map

S4525 Research Methods Seminar 3 hrs
S4511 Hermeneutics 3 hrs
Required Seminars Total 6 hrs
Major Seminars 9 hrs
S4401 Advanced Greek Grammar 3 hrs
S4402 Advanced Greek Exegesis 3 hrs
or
S4201 Advanced Hebrew Grammar 3 hrs
S4202 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hrs
Concentration Seminars 15 hrs
Th.M. Guided Research Project 3 hrs
Total Program 24 hrs

Theological Studies

A student pursuing a Theological Studies Th.M. will develop a deep understanding of systematic theology by studying systematic, historical and contemporary works. 

Theological Studies - Thesis Track Map
L4525 Research Methods Seminar 3 hrs
S4511 Hermeneutics 3 hrs
Required Seminars Total 6 hrs
Major Seminars 6 hrs
L4201 Foundations for Theology I 3 hrs
L4202 Foundations for Theology II 3 hrs
Concentration Seminars 12 hrs
Th.M. Thesis 6 hrs
Total Program 24 hrs

Theological Studies - Non-Thesis Track Map

L4525 Research Methods Seminar 3 hrs
S4511 Hermeneutics 3 hrs
Required Seminars Total 6 hrs
Major Seminars 9 hrs
L4201 Foundations for Theology I 3 hrs
L4202 Foundations for Theology II 3 hrs
Concentration Seminars 15 hrs
Th.M. Guided Research Project 3 hrs
Total Program 24 hrs

PhD Program Overview

Delivery Format

As a student, you will attend one in-person, week-long session at the start of each semester for seminars and fellowship with faculty and fellow students, followed by monthly seminar meetings via remote access.

Seminar week is defined by community. In class, you will be challenged through lectures and research presentations. Outside of class, seminar week is a refreshing and spiritual time of encouragement. Each day, faculty and students meet in the mornings for a time of devotion as well as corporate prayer. Lunch is a shared meal alongside a lecture and Q&A with a visiting or local scholar. Additionally, writing seminars and professional development sessions are available for your benefit.

One-on-One Mentorship

Still get a faculty advisor, students come in non-thesis track, advisor plays a larger role in thesis track

In Gateway's ThM program, you will receive structured mentoring from your advisor to prepare you for a lifetime of academic work and to help you stay on course for graduation. If you are in the thesis track, you will enroll in P4114 ThM Thesis and work one-on-one with your advisor to develop and complete your major writing project. If you are in the non-thesis track, you will enroll in P4101 ThM Guided Research Project, in which you will complete a major research task under a faculty member. 

Diverse Community

Gateway Seminary is known as the most diverse seminary in the United States, and the Ph.D. program demonstrates why diversity in thought, ethnic background and ministry experience is a vital component of a strong learning environment.

In your seminars, you will study with men and women from around the world. Class discussions are enriched by the perspectives of students born and raised in California and South Korea; from the U.S. South and the Global South. Your classmates will be rural pastors, urban church planters, returning missionaries and more all united in deep study to further the gospel. Building a network of fellow scholars is an important part of your doctoral program; at Gateway, the network you develop will be challenging, global and committed to the gospel.

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