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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.

“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

Pittsburgh Seminary Blog

Origami as a Spiritual Practice

April 5, 2018

For more than 30 years, I have enjoyed the Japanese art of origami. For most of that time, creating objects by folding a single sheet of paper was a hobby. Scrap paper is literally everywhere, so finding material has never been a problem. A brightly colored ad from a magazine would become a flower. A discarded memo would end up as a crane, or a dragon. A sticky note was easily turned into a fish or a butterfly. Early on, folding paper became a way of losing myself in the creative process. Origami, like many arts, is a way of making something special out of the mundane. It is a [...]

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Easter Dawns in Pittsburgh’s Riverview Park

March 29, 2018

“Easter Sunrise Service in the park. It sounded good to our family. But the only one we knew about in Pittsburgh was held in Schenley Park, way on the other side of the city. It would mean at least an hour’s street car ride to get there, so, of course, we didn’t go. That was in 1932.” So recalled Northside resident Helen Nichols in 2008. She went on: “Then one day we heard that a group of people in our area were starting a sunrise service to be held in Riverview Park. That was in our backyard! So of course, we attended.” And thus began what has become a nearly [...]

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