Asbury Theological Seminary’s 30-hour Master of Theology in Theological Studies is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills of academic research in the area of theological studies at a master’s level, that could then be applied to further research degrees or teaching in the appropriate setting.
What to Expect from the Degree
The following is an overview of the degree requirements:
- Completion of 30 credit hours, as outlined in the Academic Catalog with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00/4.00
- Active attendance of the weekly school seminars and the annual interdisciplinary colloquium of Advanced Research Programs.
*Refer to the Academic Catalog for a detailed and full list of graduation requirements.
Application deadline: January 5
- Application Form
- Accredited baccalaureate degree; accredited Master of Divinity degree or accredited Master of Arts degree in an appropriate theological discipline. Accreditation is required by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada.
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary schools attended, sent directly by each institution to the Asbury Seminary Admissions Office.
- A nonrefundable $50 (US) application fee that includes processing of the application and a personal background check.
- Four professor or other scholar references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.00 for baccalaureate and graduate work is required for admission. The grade point average as calculated by the Admissions Office at Asbury Seminary shall be considered the official grade point average for admission.
- A scholarly essay, representing an example of the applicant’s ability to do independent research and reflecting a research interest appropriate to the degree program, approximately 25 pages in length, completed within the last three years. (Please note: writing samples must be submitted in .pdf format, with the applicant’s 6-digit prospective student ID number in place of their name throughout the paper. The prospective ID number should also be the filename of the document. If papers are not submitted within these guidelines, they will be returned to the applicant for proper formatting.)
- A personal history essay, addressing questions as posted at asburyseminary.edu.
- A resume or CV detailing education, language skills, and work/ministry experience.
- For applicants whose native language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 575 paper or 90 Internet or 6.5 IELTS score. Normally, TOEFL or IELTS will not be waived; exceptions are possible only in specific situations where there is clear evidence that the applicant exceeds minimum TOEFL requirements.
- The Admissions Committee may request the applicant to submit additional materials and/or schedule an interview with a seminary representative.
Personal History Essay:
- Share your life story and at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Asbury Seminary’s Advanced Research Program. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in this program. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
- Please describe your ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
- Statement of Purpose – Describe briefly the reasons you are prompted to pursue study in the particular program area you have chosen and what you hope to gain through the program. Give specific goals, personal or professional needs. (350 to 500 words maximum)
- List the language(s) (including English) used in your research and/or ministry and indicate your relative proficiency.
- (Optional) If you feel your cumulative grade point average or academic test scores do not adequately reflect your abilities to flourish at Asbury Seminary, please explain.
- (Optional) If you are married, describe your spouse’s attitudes toward your plans for seminary education and future ministry.
- Please attach a resume or CV.
Stephanie M. RaglinDirector of Programs at the Hope Center.
Pastor, Embry Chapel AME Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Christopher GossDirector of Worship Arts, Youth & Young Adults Ministries, Mosaic UMC, Georgia.
Deb AdamsFounder, Gracie's Place.
Aaron ReynoldsLeadership Development Program, Chick-fil-A.
Michael HammondPresident and Chief Servant, Faith Covenant Ministries, Missouri.
Rob MehnerDirector of Pastoral Care and Training Education, New Life Children's Home, Guatemala.
Dr. Maria Russell KenneyAssistant Professor of Christian Ethics.
Dr. Randy JessenExecutive Director, Global Hope.
Connor ReavyStudent and Marathon Runner.
George WassonLead Pastor, Faith Point Church, Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Learn more about what other graduates of Asbury Seminary are doing.
|Hrs||Course ID||Course Name|
|Theological Studies Required Courses (21 credit hours)|
|3||Choose one: CH660, CH661, TH660, or CH/SF710||Please see course catalog for course titles and details.|
|3||Choose one: CH701/TH711, CH702/TH712, CH751, CH753, CH755, or CH756||Please see course catalog for course titles and details.|
|3||Choose one: CS/TH631, CS652, CS653, CS654, CS645/TH625, or PH705||Please see course catalog for course titles and details.|
|3||Choose one: CD920*, MD915, or CS/MS743
*Permission required from Dean of School of Theology & Formation (STF)
|Instructional Theory and Development, Leading in a Multicultural World, or Ethics and Social Analysis|
|6||TH790||Master of Arts Thesis|
|0||TH745||Seminar in Theology
Registration required each fall and spring term
|Theological Studies Elective Courses (9 credit hours)|
|9||Choose from the following list:
*One independent study may be selected with the permission of the Dean of STF
** One course from another ATS school may be used with permission of the Dean of STF
|Please see course catalog for course titles and details.|
- Attend required, non-credit Advanced Research Programs Interdisciplinary Colloquium as scheduled until coursework is completed.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.30/4.00.
- Completion of a written thesis appropriate for publication.
- Fulfillment of all degree requirements in not more than three calendar years from the first term of enrollment.
Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually and our Ministry Partners Program helps you graduate with minimal debt.
Cost of Attendance: 2022-2023
|Th.M.||30 credits||$715/credit hour|
|Academic Year 2021-2022||All Campuses Fall/Spring||All Campuses Summer|
|Technology Fee||$210 per semester||$105 per semester|
|Graduation Fee||$200 one-time fee||$200 one-time fee|
|Student Services Fee||$150 per semester||$75 per semester|
Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete the Asbury Financial Aid Application
- Complete a Postgraduate Support Scholarship Application, including a 1000-word essay describing your passion for research and how it will equip you for the future.
Save Time! Save Money!
Combine your Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a Master of Theology degree, and you’ll save up to 15 credit hours! This option is designed for those planning to pursue a Ph.D. or for those seeking a deeper educational background to serve in the church or marketplace.
This dual track option allows you to:
- Share up to 15 hours between degrees, reducing your overall time and cost to complete the degrees.
- Prepare for the rigor of the Ph.D. program and strengthen your CV. Classes are taught at a Ph.D. level.
- Gain a more extensive knowledge-base for marketplace or church ministry.
- Shorten the admissions process if you’re already a current student.