The Master of Theology (ThM) degree is an advanced academic theological program of study both for those who desire in depth theological study and/or to prepare for further study at the doctoral level.
The program has been designed to appeal particularly to those who desire to combine their study with ongoing pastoral ministry or who otherwise prefer to work towards the degree on a part-time basis, and to those who desire to complete a graduate degree without having to relocate.
The ThM is a creation of the member schools of the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU): The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew's College. These seminaries have worked together to offer graduate theological education for over 40 years. While the program is jointly administered, students enroll in the school of their choice, which also grants the degree. the ThM program is accredited by the association of Theological Schools in North America, through the partnership of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew's College. Students that enroll through either LTS or SAC will graduate with an accredited Master of Theology degree.
The aim of the ThM program is to assist students:
- To demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, current scholarship in theological studies,
- To develop a working comprehension of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in a theological discipline or disciplines,
- To demonstrate the intellectual independence required for continuing theological leadership and scholarship.
The ThM consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours. The degree requires:
- Eighteen (18) credit hours in graduate-level study (six 3-credit courses)
- Six (6) credit hours to be completed in one of two ways:
- A thesis completed in accordance with the guidelines below (6 cr); OR
- One additional course in an area other than the major (3 cr) and a Concluding Project.
Requirements for Admission
- Attainment of an MDiv, or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background, or its educational equivalent, and evidence of aptitude for advanced theological study, normally indicated by a minimum GPA of 75 percent in the MDiv or equivalent degree.
- Individuals with a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) may be admitted if they have a minimum GPA of 75 percent and:
- for a major in Biblical Studies (either Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or New Testament), if they completed at least 24 cr in Biblical Studiesnormally if they have a major in Biblical studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and/or New Testament) and meet the language prerequisites;
- for a major in Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Ethics, Church and Society, History of Christianity, or Pastoral Studies, if they completed at least 12 cr in the area of the major and meet all the language prerequisites;
- The applicant must find an STU faculty member willing to serve as Program Advisor and subsequent Thesis/Project Advisor prior to application; this faculty member will provide confirmation during the application process.
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Learn More About the Program
Please read the current LTS Handbook for more detail about the ThM program.
Time Frame to Apply
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