Modular ThM Program
The general regulations governing the ThM degree program apply to the Modular ThM program. All other relevant sections of the catalog should be read in conjunction with the information presented below.
Purpose of the Modular ThM Program
The purpose of the Modular ThM program is to increase the student’s knowledge of a major field of theological learning, furthering preparation for ministry or more advanced graduate study. Designed for pastors or others who are unable to relocate, the Modular ThM program offers courses in a week-long modular format.
Modular ThM Registration and Academic Policies
A modular ThM student who wishes to take a course not categorized as a modular ThM course should contact the registrar’s office. After the registration deadline, students are permitted to register late up to 3 weeks before the course start date. A late registration fee will apply. Students who register late are responsible for completing all pre-course requirements prior to the course start date. No student is permitted to register after the late registration deadline.
The maximum length allowed to complete all work for the degree of ThM is 6 years (or 6 1/2 if a student begins in the spring) from the date of commencement, including any leave of absence or withdrawal period.
Modular ThM Requirement Specifications
Modular students should be aware that all program requirements listed above for the traditional Master of Theology program apply. However, due to its unique format, certain modifications and accommodations have been made, which are not otherwise generally available in traditional formats. These specifications are listed below.
Modular ThM Fields
The ThM degree is offered in 2 concentrations:
- Biblical studies
- Historical and theological studies
The Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation field committee has supervision of the work of the candidates in the Biblical Studies concentration. The Historical and Theological Studies field committee has supervision of the work of the candidates in the Historical and Theological Studies concentration. The field committee will assign each candidate an academic adviser.
Modular ThM Courses
Modules are typically offered 2 times per year, late July through August and January. Travel packages and meals are currently offered for all modules. See the website for course schedule and travel package information.
Any apologetics, church history, or systematic theology course counts toward the Historical and Theological studies concentration. Any Old Testament or New Testament course counts toward the Biblical Studies concentration. Students must take at least 3 courses in their area of concentration.
Each course normally requires readings to be completed prior to the beginning of the course. The details of pre-course requirements are made available online approximately 6 weeks prior to the course. Post-course assignments are due, at most, 8 weeks after the last day of each module.
In addition to the 6 baseline required courses, each candidate must complete PT 421P Theological Bibliography & Research Methods prior to taking their third course. PT 421P is offered during a module at least once per year.
Modular ThM Languages
Students admitted to the Modular ThM program in Biblical Studies are required to take a competency exam in either Greek or Hebrew. Students must register for the exam that corresponds to the focus of their capstone, which will either be focused upon the New or Old Testament. The competency exam must be sustained in the same calendar year as the student’s first module and before the student’s second module.
Exams are offered 4 times per academic year, online as well as on campus. For the language exam schedule and registration, see the Greek and Hebrew webpage.
If a Modular ThM student fails in the first attempt of a language competency exam, remedial language study and evaluation must be completed prior to registration for the student’s second module.
The research language exam may be completed during the week of a modular course, or arrangements may be made to take the exam remotely by establishing a local proctor. In either case, students should coordinate their examination through the academic affairs office.
Modular ThM Capstone Requirements
Students should review the ThM capstone requirement description above. Modular ThM Biblical studies students will choose capstone courses that correspond to the student’s declared specialization within biblical studies, which would be either New Testament- or Old Testament-focused.
Modular ThM Comprehensive Examination
Video and phone conferencing may be used for comprehensive oral examinations.
Review admission requirements here.