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

Shauntae Smith

While at HDS, I matured in faith and was invited to study the traditions of communities different than my own. Although it was a challenging process, the outcome has proven that I can passionately engage in interreligious dialogue, while living fully as a Christian minister.
—Shauntae Monique Smith, MDiv '11; youth director, Crown Ministries International
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