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The Th.M. degree is designed for students who wish to enhance ministerial practice or prepare for further graduate study by advancing their capacity for academic research in a specialized area of theological inquiry.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers the Th.M. degree because of our strong and historic commitment to the value of scholarship that glorifies God by serving the church.
Students design their own programs in consultation with their faculty advisor and typically complete the work in one academic year. See the ThM Handbook for additional information about this academic program.
In 2017, Theology Degrees ranked Pittsburgh Seminary's Th.M. program as the ninth most affordable Th.M. program across the country. It's a great program at a great value!
Th.M. Program Requirements
- 36 credit hours of graduate studies beyond the M.Div. degree as follows:
- THM01 Research Skills Seminar (three credits)
- THM Capstone Seminar (three credits, Term 3)
- Thesis (nine hours, Terms 2 and 3)
- Electives (21 hours)
- These courses are planned with a faculty member in the field of specialty. They may include seminars organized especially for Th.M. students, M.Div. courses with advanced seminar components, and directed studies in the field of specialty.
Careers for Th.M. Grads
After completing the Th.M. degree, students often go on to additional graduate study or to teach. Some pursue the Th.M. for scholarly enrichment in the practice of ministry.
Applying to the Th.M. Program
Applicants for the Th.M. program must be able to undertake advanced theological study. In addition, they must have completed an M.Div. or a comparable graduate theological degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a U.S. agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency.
Th.M. Student Learning Outcomes
After completing the Th.M. degree, students will have
- an ability to formulate appropriate research questions;
- a capacity to use research methods and resources in the discipline;
- the ability to demonstrate an advanced understanding of an issue within a specific theological discipline.
“As pastor of the Arabic Presbyterian Church of South Jersey, one of my goals is to help the persecuted Christian community in the Middle East. My church helps our fellow Christians across the oceans by raising awareness and money, and by establishing partnerships between their congregations and PC(USA) congregations in this country. PTS has been a great encouragement to me and my ministry both spiritually and academically.” - Mouris Yousef '07
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
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- M.Div. / Master of Social Work Joint Degree
- M.Div. / Juris Doctor Joint Degree
- M.Div. / Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Joint Degree
- Master of Arts (M.A.)
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- M.A. in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)
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Seeing God in the World through Short-term Mission
In the fall of 2014, my wife, TJ, encouraged me to look into going on a mission trip through Pittsburgh Seminary’s World Mission Initiative. I was apprehensive in the beginning because this was my first year in seminary and I had never been outside the United States or Canada. After looking at the different trips offered in the spring, I joined a group that regularly met over lunch to share about their relationships with folks that they met while in Southeast Asia on previous WMI mission trips. Through the stories I heard and the learned reality of God’s people in this land, I had to go for myself and witness [...]
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When Faith Gets Political
Years ago, I was serving as a short-term supply pastor for a very small congregation in rural Virginia. My third Sunday there fell on the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, so I decided to weave a couple of sentences from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech into my sermon. It seemed appropriate, especially since I was preaching from the book of Amos that day. The following Sunday, after worship, the head deacon pulled me aside and apologetically informed me that “some” people in the congregation were upset about my sermon from the previous week. When I asked him why, he explained that these congregants felt the sermon [...]