Master of Theology


The Master of Theology degree is an advanced masters degree program at Brite Divinity School. The twenty-four hour program leading to this degree is designed to provide students with a more complete mastery of a particular area of theological study than is normally provided at the M.Div. level. Students who enter the program may seek a variety of objectives: to prepare for further graduate study at the doctoral level, to prepare for some forms of teaching (in institutions, public or private, where masters preparation is expected for entry level positions), to use scholarly study to enhance ministerial practice, or to engage in disciplined and critical reflection upon a specialized form of ministry. By the end of the program, students will be expected to demonstrate an advanced understanding of their chosen area of study through the completion of a thesis project.

Areas of Study:

  • Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism. The history, theology, literature, religion, and language of ancient Israel and Early Judaism in ancient Near Eastern and Jewish settings. Contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity. The history, theology, literature,religion, and language of early Christianity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish settings. Contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care. The theory and practice of ministry in pastoral theology and pastoral care.
  • History and Theology. Preparation in theological analysis and constructive formulation, including study in history, theology, historical theology, and ethics.

Due to the generosity of donors, ThM students receive generous financial assistance in the form of merit-based tuition grants. More information about tuition and fees is available here.

The deadline for Fall matriculation is April 15. The deadline for Spring matriculation is October 15.

Admission Requirements:

ThM applications must meet the following area specific requirements:

  1. M.Div., or other appropriate first theological masters degree.
  2. Applicants in an area of biblical studies should have completed one year of study in the language in which they will do their primary work (Hebrew or Greek). Ideally they should possess both Hebrew and Greek.
  3. A paper representative of the applicant’s area of interest.
  4. A Statement of Purpose
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  7. GRE Scores
  8. TOEFL (if applicable)
  9. Application Fee