The purpose of studying for the degree of Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) is to acquire a special competence in some field of theological learning, and to gain skill in effectively using the tools and results of theological research. The Master of Sacred Theology degree is appropriate for clergy who hold a Master of Divinity degree and seek to do further work. It is more general than the Ph.D. A student who completes the S.T.M. program may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Before completing the S.T.M., a student also may request a rollover into the Ph.D. program.
The student must complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours of credit beyond the M.Div. degree or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Each student must declare a major and a minor, choosing from exegetical, systematic, historical, and practical theology.
Students select one of two routes:
- The exam route requires 24 hours in the major and 12 in the minor. The student must pass an examination in the major field.
- The thesis route requires 27 hours in the major and nine in the minor. Nine major hours are thesis hours.