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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

ThM
Master of Theology
DEGREE
30
HOURS TO COMPLETE
2
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
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The ThM provides advanced training for students holding an MDiv and may be pursued via one of two tracks. MDiv alumni of Covenant Seminary who are in full-time ministry or otherwise unable to study in residency may do the ThM in a modular format through a combination of weeklong on-campus visits, advisor-guided independent studies, and self-study courses.

The ThM in Exegetical Theology helps pastors, missionaries, and teachers sharpen exegetical skills as well as develop research skills and test a calling to further study; it requires a thesis.

The ThM in Biblical and Pastoral Theology is a more flexible and pastorally oriented program including course work in both the biblical and practical disciplines; a thesis is not a part of this program.

Either program may be completed in as little as one year, although students writing a thesis will need additional time.

Distinctives of the ThM
Covenant Seminary’s ThM program gives students the opportunity for advanced, directed study. Students may use this opportunity to explore the possibility of further study, to wrestle with doctrines or issues of faith, or to hone ministry skills.

Thesis
The Th.M. in Exegetical Theology program typically requires a thesis (6 units). (In special circumstances a student may undertake a comprehensive exam in lieu of the thesis.) This thesis serves to develop and strengthen research and writing skills as well as provide the student with a writing project that can be submitted with doctoral applications. Students in the Biblical and Pastoral Theology track are required to do a writing project that focuses on a practical aspect of Christian ministry (3 units).

Program Requirements
The ThM requires satisfactory completion of 30 units as outlined in the curriculum with grades of A or B and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.1. The MDiv degree (including Hebrew and Greek) or its educational equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to the ThM program.

Modular ThM Program
The modular Master of Theology (ThM) program is structured to allow Covenant Seminary MDiv alumni in full-time ministry, or otherwise unable to study in residency, to pursue a ThM from a distance. Students in this program are able to complete the degree through a combination of intensive week-long on-campus residencies, adviser-guided independent studies, and self-study courses.

Students in the Exegetical Theology track must complete 12 hours of the ThM program through on-campus, week-long, intensive seminars. The remaining 18 hours can be completed off-campus through a combination of adviser-guided independent studies and self-study options. Students in the Biblical and Pastoral Theology track must complete 15 hours of the ThM program through on-campus, weekend or week-long intensive seminars. (This will normally include nine hours of Practical Theology credits.) The remaining 15 hours can be completed off-campus through a combination of adviser-guided independent studies and self-study options.

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
NEW Early Action option for MAC: Apply by Nov. 1 and hear back from us by Dec. 15. Regular Action applications must be complete by Jan. 31. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term. See "Learn More" for details.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship along two degree track options: the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship track and the FSI Cultural Apologetics Fellowship track.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.