Western Seminary’s Master of Theology (Th.M.) is an exciting program well suited for anyone wishing to advance further in his or her understanding of biblical, theological, or pastoral studies. More information about the program can be found on the program overview page on the Western Seminary web site. If you have any questions about the program or how it might fit your needs and interests, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.
We have specifically designed our Th.M. program so that it is accessible to people living outside the Portland area. You will need to make it to Portland for some of our 1-week intensives, which we schedule throughout the year. So if you can make at least three trips to Portland (4-5 days at a time) and have access to a theological library where you live, our program is definitely something that you should consider.
Two Flexible Tracks
- The non-thesis track is designed for the student who is primarily interested in developing a breadth of exposure across a range of disciplines and/or research interests. Students participating in this track will have the opportunity to take a number of Th.M. seminars, electives, and individualized studies. In addition, these students will complete two guided research projects through which they will develop their research and writing skills as well as pursue multiple research interests.
- The thesis track will be of particular interest to the student who wants to develop the research, writing, and critical thinking skills necessary to the production of a full Th.M. thesis. Through this thesis as well as the Th.M. coursework, students in this track will develop significant depth in a particular biblical or theological field of study. This track will be particularly useful for students who are interested in preparing for further post-graduate study.
Three Main Components
- Th.M. seminars. These are smaller, discussion-based classes focused on preparing Th.M. students to operate as independent learners and researchers in their chosen areas of study. Every year, we offer a Th.M. seminar in each of the 5 areas of concentration: systematic theology, historical theology, pastoral theology, New Testament studies, and Old Testament studies.
- Electives & Individualized Studies. Th.M. students can shape their program around their needs and interests with a combination of elective courses and individualized studies.
- Research. Learning how to produce quality research projects is an important part of the Th.M. program. So, regardless of whether you opt for the thesis or non-thesis track, you will have the opportunity to work on your research and communication skills.
So, in a nutshell, our Th.M. is a flexible, supervised research program that can fit the needs of a wide range of people around the country. If you have any questions about the program and whether it’s a good fit for your needs, please don’t hesitate to let us know.