ThM Program

The ThM program affords an opportunity for students who have received the master of divinity degree or its equivalent (three years of graduate theological study) to pursue advanced theological studies for one year. The program is especially recommended for students who seek to gain additional competence for the ministry beyond that provided by the master of divinity degree. It is equally appropriate for those who, after some years in ministry, teaching, or another field, wish to return to a theological institution to clarify their thinking, to prepare themselves for new tasks, or to acquire further competence in a specific area of study.

This one-year program offers 18 areas of focus, and includes course work, a language requirement, and an oral examination requirement. It is strongly recommended that applicants to the ThM have prior knowledge of the language they plan to use to meet the language requirement.

Please note that loans are the only financial aid available for the ThM program.

HDS Voices

Hannah Hofheinz, ThD candidate

Doing doctoral work at HDS means belonging to an amazing community of students and scholars across the study of religion. My theological writing and teaching is fundamentally shaped by the seriousness with which we value interdisciplinary, collaborative work.
—Hannah Hofheinz, ThD candidate