Master of Theology

Master of Theology

Focus Highlights

The Master of Theology (ThM) is a two-year, advanced research degree available in a thesis or non-thesis format. It is offered at the Los Angeles campus. *8/23/2016 Addendum: Gateway faculty recently revised the ThM from a 28-hour to a 24-hour degree, allowing for completion in one academic year. This revision will be published in the 2017-18 catalog, but students desiring to change to the 24-hour configuration may do so by petitioning the Registrar and the Academic Graduate Studies Committee for a revision in their degree plan. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Paul Wegner, for more information.

Students in the ThM are only required to be on campus four times per semester: once for seminar week and three more class meetings over the remaining semester. Seminar week consists of approximately half of the content of each seminar, a time of corporate worship, and plenary sessions in which visiting scholars and Gateway Seminary faculty present research and dialogue with one another and both ThM and PhD students. After the seminar week, each seminar will meet in the regular time scheduled in the Seminary course schedule.

Ministry Path

The ThM equips ministry leaders serving in pastoral roles, as well as prepares students for further academic study.

Why a ThM at Gateway Seminary?

Our delivery format is not only beneficial to students, but to professors, as well. By only requiring classes to meet on campus four times per semester, students can remain committed to their ministries and Gateway Seminary’s excellent faculty and our affiliated faculty can focus on creating highly specialized classroom experiences.

The Master of Theology equips students to: 

  • Pursue in-depth study in an area of special interest or concern (ThM seminars are listed as 4000-level courses).
  • Sharpen study and research skills.
  • Engage in comprehensive study; analyze, synthesize, and integrate findings; and communicate conclusions in an acceptable manner.

For more information, check the Academic Catalog.

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s (or equivalent degree) from an accredited college or university, and a Master of Divinity (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution that meets Gateway Seminary's requirements in Hebrew and Greek.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for entrance into the ThM program.

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