Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (ThM) programme is designed to equip ministers and theological educators with skills in critical thinking and advanced research and to enhance their ability to serve the church through academic excellence as it responds to the needs of the time.

Thesis Track

The programme also seeks to prepare students to do doctoral work either locally or overseas. The programme may be completed in two years. The first year focuses on four required courses (two area seminars, a readings course, and an elective course) and the second year on thesis writing and oral defence. Four areas of concentration are offered through two academic divisions: (1) Biblical Studies in Old Testament and New Testament and (2) Theological Studies in Systematic Theology and Historical Theology.

General Studies Track

As an alternative to these concentrations, the ThM programme also offers a General Studies track for those who would like to pursue advanced studies without having to write a thesis. This will be a two-year terminal degree requiring the completion of four ThM area seminars (two from Biblical Studies and two from Theological Studies), two readings courses in Biblical and/or Theological Studies, and two elective courses. The basic entrance and graduation requirements apply, except for the completion of the thesis and oral exam, and no scholarship or financial aid will be offered.

Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • MDiv or MA (Biblical/Theological Studies) or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.3 in all master’s level work
  • TOEFL: 570 (PBT)/232 (CBT)/89 (IBT) / IELTS:  6.5 and may also be required to pass an additional English entrance exam.
  • Biblical Studies applicants must demonstrate their Greek/Hebrew language proficiency by passing a biblical language entrance exam.
  • Theological Studies applicants must pass a theological thinking and writing exam.
  • Applicants must submit a research paper (related to their intended area of study) that demonstrates their ability to research and write at a high level.

Graduation Requirements

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0.
  • Complete required coursework: 2 core courses, 1 readings course and 1 elective (General Studies track: 4 core courses, 2 readings courses and 2 electives).
  • Submit an approved thesis (around 30,000 words) and successfully defend it in an oral examination (exempted for General Studies track).
  • Demonstrate Christian character and spiritual maturity.

Biblical / Theological Studies Curriculum

Year 1
First Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course I - (choose one)
Biblical Studies: Philosophical Hermeneutics
Theological Studies: Philosophy of Religion
6
Readings course I
OT/NT/ST/HT based on area of research
6
Second Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course II - (choose one)
Biblical Studies:
History of Interpretation
Theological Studies:
History of Christian Doctrines
6
Elective course
Guided study / external work /
special arrangement based
on area of research
6
Year 2
First SemesterSecond Semester
Thesis proposal and writing.Thesis completion and oral examination.

General Studies Curriculum

Year 1
First Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course I - (choose one)
Biblical Studies: Philosophical Hermeneutics
Theological Studies: Philosophy of Religion
6
Readings course I
OT/NT/ST/HT based on area of research
6
Second Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course II - (choose one)
Biblical Studies:
History of Interpretation
Theological Studies:
History of Christian Doctrines
6
Elective course I
Guided study / external work /
special arrangement based
on area of research
6
Year 2
First Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course III - (choose one)
Biblical Studies: Philosophical Hermeneutics
Theological Studies: Philosophy of Religion
6
Readings course II
OT/NT/ST/HT based on area of research
6
Second Semester
Credit hours
12
Core course IV - (choose one)
Biblical Studies:
History of Interpretation
Theological Studies:
History of Christian Doctrines
6
Elective course II
Guided study / external work /
special arrangement based
on area of research
6

TMBS7011 PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS

The purpose of this course is to assess foundational issues in hermeneutics; topics cover the nature of meaning, the problem of historical relativity, problems of circularity, incompleteness and probability and the work of the Holy Spirit in hermeneutics.

TMTS7011 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

The objective of this course is to examine the central themes and concepts of religious traditions; topics cover metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, philosophy of language, impacts of historical events, etc.

TMBS7012 HISTORY OF INTERPRETATION

This course introduces biblical interpretation through the ages; topics cover inner biblical interpretation, Early Church Fathers’ interpretation, historical critical methods, post-modern biblical criticism, etc.

TMTS7012 HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES

This course introduces the historical origin and development of church dogma; topics cover formation of the early church, the early theologians, doctrine of the Trinity, Christology, Pneumatology, etc.

TMOT7010 / TMNT7010 / TSHT7010 / TMST7010
OT/NT/HT/ST READINGS

The readings courses provide a wide range of introduction to specific fields of study. In the area of Biblical Studies, topics cover general introduction, special introduction, critical methodologies, and Old/New Testament theology. In the area of Theological Studies, topics cover general introduction, special introduction, theological methods and reasoning.

OT Theology, NT Theology, OT Studies, NT Studies, OT Ethics, NT Use of the OT, Second Temple Judaism, Contextual Theology, Religious Dialogue, Early Church Fathers, Contemporary Issues, etc

  • Students on the thesis track are required to complete 2 core courses, 1 readings course and 1 elective related to their area of concentration. Students on the non-thesis, General Studies track are required to complete all 4 core courses, as well as 2 readings courses and 2 electives.
  • Full-time students must carry no less than 12 credit hours per semester from the ThM programme while part-time students must carry a minimum course load of 6 credit hours per semester. Both full-time and part-time students must complete their thesis writing and defend the thesis in an oral examination within 2 semesters. Part-time students on the General Studies track must complete their coursework in no more than 8 semesters.
  • All core courses are conducted in seminar format. Each student is required to attend lectures, participate in discussions, present a research paper and respond to a classmate’s paper. English and Mandarin interpretation of the lectures is provided.
  • The readings course is designed to orient students to the wide scope of scholarship in their area of concentration. Students must pass a written examination.
  • The elective course is designed to prepare students to do advanced research in their field of study. Prior approval from the director is required before students may register for elective courses related to their research.

Faculty Members Involved in the ThM Programme

Those marked with red can supervise research in Chinese and English.

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李志秋博士

Dr Chee-Chiew Lee
Senior Director of Advanced Studies
Assoc Prof (Biblical Studies)
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谢木水牧师 / 博士

Rev Dr Clement Chia Principal / Covering Senior Dean of Academic Affairs Assoc Prof (Theological Studies)
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Adjunct Faculty

骆德恩博士

Dr Andrew Loke
Adjunct Faculty (Theological Studies)
Asst Professor,
Hong Kong Baptist University