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 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
  • 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
  • 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:

  1. 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)
  2. Please describe your ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service.  (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  3. 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)
  4. List the language(s) (including English) used in your research and/or ministry and indicate your relative proficiency.
  5. (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.
  6. (Optional) If you are married, describe your spouse’s attitudes toward your plans for seminary education and future ministry.
  7. Please attach a resume or CV.


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.