The following provides an overview of the admission requirements for the ThM program. For more detailed admission requirements, see Applying to the ThM Program, Step 1 - Meet Admission Requirements and the Conjoint ThM Program Handbook for admission and program information.
The Admissions Committee will take into consideration:
- grades in all previous post-secondary education with particular weight accorded to performance in the prerequisite degree(s) and in other recent programs;
- the applicant's academic background in the stated area of interest;
- the potential of the applicant for graduate study, as attested in the letters of reference;
- the quality of the applicant's statement of intent;
- the availability of qualified faculty resources in the applicant's proposed area of research;
- evidence that the applicant is likely to complete the program.
- A baccalaureate degree, normally in Arts, from a recognized college or university* (or the applicant must provide evidence of having completed equivalent studies under a different educational system).
- And a Master of Divinity degree or an academic masters degree in theological studies providing equivalent theological background of at least two years' duration (e.g., Master of Theological Studies, Master of Religion, Master of Arts in Theology ), with at least a high second-class standing (i.e., B+, CGPA 3.3/4.0) from a recognized institution.*
*All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada are deemed to be recognized institutions.
Requirement for Students in Historical Studies
- An applicant proposing to specialize in the history of Christianity must show evidence from her or his previous degree program(s) of adequate preparation in historical studies. See the ThM Program Handbook for more information.
Fluency in English
An applicant whose first language is other than English must provide evidence of the ability to comprehend, speak, and write English at the graduate level.
Research Language Requirements
- Option 1 - For admission the areas of history, pastoral studies or theology, applicants must be competent in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, applicants may be admitted on the condition that they will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies.
- Option 2 - For admission in the areas of history, pastoral studies or theology, there are no universally applicable language requirements. Instead, language requirements appropriate to the area of specialization are determined by the Graduate Degree Director of the student’s college of registration in consultation with the GCTS.
- Biblical Studies - For both Options 1 and 2, proficiency in Biblical Hebrew is required for those proposing to specialize in Old Testament studies, and proficiency in Biblical Greek is required for those proposing to specialize in New Testament studies. To be credited with competence or proficiency in the required Biblical languages, students need to receive grades of at least B+ (77%) (or equivalent in other grading schemes). Students may also be admitted with competence in any combination of two of the following: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, or a modern research language.