Master of Theology [Theological Studies]

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools where at least 12 hours of coursework was completed
  • Personal History Essay – 1050-1500 words (350-500 words per question)
    1. Share your testimony starting with how you met Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in seminary.
    2. What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    3. Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
    4. Optional: If your GPA is not a good indication of your academic ability, please explain.
  • Four references (references cannot be related to applicant)
    1. Four references, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administrator reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted.
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5
  • Background check (completed by the Admissions Office)
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee


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
3 TH780 Research Methods
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:

  • CS615
  • CS652
  • CS653
  • CS654
  • CS686
  • PH600
  • TH610
  • TH620
  • TH630
  • TH634
  • TH/SF635
  • TH/SF640
  • TH645
  • TH/CH665
  • TH701
  • TH753
  • Independent Study*
  • Integrated Studies Course**
  • Any unused required courses from above

*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.

Additional Requirements

  • 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: 2023-2024

Degree Total Credits Cost
Th.M. 30 credits $736/credit hour
Coursework Total $22,080
Academic Year 2021-2022 All Campuses Fall/Spring All Campuses Summer
Technology Fee $225 per semester $110 per semester
Graduation Fee $200 one-time fee $200 one-time fee
Student Services Fee $160 per semester $80 per semester


Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need.

To apply

  • 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.