- Pastors seeking to deepen their ministerial foundation
- Graduate students wanting to prepare for further postgraduate study
- Specialists simply desiring to devote some time to developing a specialized interest in a particular field.
We have also worked hard to make this training available to students around the country. Although many of our students live in Portland, we offer several classes every year as 1-week intensives, allowing students to complete the program without needing to relocate to the Northwest. Among our current Th.M. students, we have students from Montana, California, and as far away as New York.
Each of our Th.M. students has the opportunity either to focus deeply on one of five areas of concentration, or develop significant breadth across a range of disciplines. Since our program is very flexible, we work closely with all of the Th.M. students to help them craft a program that will most effectively accomplish their personal, ministerial, and vocational goals.
The 5 areas of concentration in the Th.M. program are…
- Systematic Theology
- Historical Theology
- Pastoral Theology
- New Testament Studies
- Old Testament Studies
.At Western Seminary, we place a high value on….
- Ministerial vitality: Recognizing that biblical and theological research should take place primarily in the service of the church and its ministry in the world, students in our program are continually challenged to address the ministerial significance of their academic pursuits.
- Academic excellence: At every phase of the program, Th.M. students will develop all the skills necessary to achieve a high level of academic success. To that end, our Th.M. program provides ample opportunities for the students to sharpen their critical thinking, researching, and writing skills through both coursework and research.
- Flexibility: A highly flexible degree program, our Master of Theology encourages you to customize the program to meet your needs and interests as you prepare for leadership in the church, further study, a career in teaching, or whatever task God has laid before you.
- Interdisciplinary interaction: We understand the value of each of the various biblical and theological disciplines and, consequently, we encourage students to draw on the resources that each provides in their research and coursework.