Master of Theology

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. Both full-time and part-time students must complete their thesis writing and defend the thesis in an oral examination within 2 semesters. 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. English or Mandarin interpretation of all ThM lectures is provided.

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.

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 and General 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.
  • Additional 1 year of ThMprep is required to make up for any credits deficiencies or lack evidence of adequate foundation in academic preparation for ThM studies.

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
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
12
Second Semester
Credit Hours
Core course I – (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
12

Year 2

First Semester
Second Semester
Thesis proposal and writing.                      
Thesis completion and oral examination.

General Studies Curriculum

Year 1

First Semester
Credit Hours
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
12
Second Semester
Credit Hours
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
12

Year 2

First Semester
Credit Hours
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
12
Second Semester
Credit Hours
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
12

Faculty Members Involved in the ThM Programme

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

Faculty

李志秋博士

Dr Chee-Chiew Lee
Assoc Prof (New Testament)
Senior Director of Programme Development and Advanced Studies

Faculty

吴国安博士

Dr Benjamin Wu
Director of Master of Theology
Assoc Prof (Theological Studies)

Adjunct Faculty

骆德恩博士

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

高振元博士

Dr Timothy Kao
Adjunct Faculty (Biblical Studies)
Independent Bible Scholar/Minister