Master of Theology

Designed to equip pastors and theological educators with skills in critical thinking and advanced research, as well as to enhance their ability to serve the church through academic excellence and contextual relevance.

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Thesis Track

The program also seeks to prepare students to do doctoral work either locally or overseas. Both full-time and part-time students must complete and defend their thesis in an oral examination within 2 semesters. Four areas of concentration are offered: (1) Biblical Studies (BS) in Old Testament and New Testament and (2) Theological Studies (TS) in Systematic Theology and Historical Theology.

General Studies Track

This is an alternative for those who would like to pursue advanced studies without writing a thesis. The requirements include the completion of four ThM core courses (two from Biblical Studies and two from Theological Studies), two readings courses in Biblical and/or Theological Studies, and two elective courses (with major research papers). The basic entrance and graduation requirements still apply, minus the completion of the thesis and oral exam.

ThM Testimony

Belinda Tan

Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • Accredited MDiv, MA (in Biblical or Theological Studies) or equivalent, GPA ≥ 3.3
  • Entrance exams:
    • English proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 80 or pass an English reading exam
    • Biblical Studies: demonstrate competency in Greek or Hebrew
    • Theological and General Studies: demonstrate competency in theological thinking and reflection
  • Submit a research paper (related to intended area of study) that demonstrates potential in research and writing
  • Additional study of 1-2 semesters may be required to remedy deficiencies in credit totals or inadequate academic foundation for ThM studies

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all coursework requirements with GPA ≥ 3.0
  • Demonstrate familiarity with new knowledge in the field of study and contextual theological reflections of the knowledge by:
    • submitting an approved thesis (around 30,000 words) and successfully defending it in an oral examination for Thesis track; or 
    • completing two major papers (around 10,000 words each) for General Studies track
  • Demonstrate Christian character and spiritual maturity

Thesis Track Curriculum

Year 1
First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
Research Workshops 0.5 - -
Core Course 1
BS: Philosophical Hermeneutics
TS: Philosophy for Understanding Theology
6 Core Course 2
BS: History of Interpretation
TS: History of Christian Doctrines
6
Readings Course:
Core + NT/OT/ST/HT (1 area)
6 Elective Course 6
Special Lecture & Reading Club* - Special Lecture & Reading Club* -

* Reading Clubs: Hebrew, Greek, or Theology

Year 2
First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
Research Workshops 0.5 Pedagogical Practice 0.5
Thesis proposal (due late July) - Thesis completion (due late January) -
Thesis writing - Oral Examination -
Audit cross-discipline core course 3 Audit cross-discipline core course 3
Special Lecture & Reading Club* Special Lecture & Reading Club*

* Reading Clubs: Hebrew, Greek, or Theology

General Studies Track Curriculum

Year 1 & 2
First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
Research Workshops (Yr 1 & 2) 0.5
0.5
Pedagogical Practice (Yr 2 only) 0.5
Core Course 1 and 3
BS: Philosophical Hermeneutics
TS: Philosophy for Understanding Theology

6
6
Core Course 2 and 4
BS: History of Interpretation
TS: History of Christian Doctrines

6
6
Readings Course 1 and 2:
Core + NT/OT/ST/HT (3 out of 4 areas)
6
6
Elective Course 1 and 2 6
6
Special Lecture & Reading Club* - Special Lecture & Reading Club* -

* Reading Clubs: Hebrew, Greek, or Theology

Faculty Mentors in the ThM Programme

Please see their research interests on their respective faculty webpage.
If the applicant’s research interest is not within the scope of our full-time faculty, we will source for a suitable adjunct faculty mentor for the applicant.

Faculty

李志秋博士

Dr. Chee-Chiew Lee
Senior Dean, Programme Development
Dean, Advanced Studies
Associate Professor

Faculty

Dr. Peter Ho

何智耘博士
Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning
Associate Professor

Faculty

Dr. Justin Joon Lee

李东俊博士
Assistant Director, Helix Centre (English Section)
Assistant Professor

Adjunct/Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Samuel Goh

Adjunct Faculty (Biblical Studies)
Brisbane School of Theology

骆德恩博士

高振元博士

Dr. Timothy Kao

Affiliate Faculty (Biblical Studies)
Independent Bible Scholar/Minister

Dr. Andrew Loke

Adjunct Faculty (Theological Studies)
Associate Professor
Hong Kong Baptist University

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.

Testimony by Belinda Tan 

(ThM Biblical Studies 2017)

At the end of my MDiv programme at SBC, I knew I had received comprehensive training for ministry in any context, but I also felt there was more to uncover. Rather than the what, when, who and how, I longed to know more about the why. At the same time, I did not want to go into full-time studies directly after graduation. The deep analysis promised by the course descriptions, the critical thinking to be developed through thesis writing, the pace of the part-time option, and my confidence in the quality of education at SBC came together to make this ThM programme an easy choice. 

I am glad to say that my expectations were fulfilled, even as the programme stretched me to new limits. The Philosophical Hermeneutics core course challenged us to understand and evaluate why the Bible is read in so many ways. The Old Testament readings course was rigorous, so we could grasp the breadth and taste the depth of the field. The History of Interpretation core course pressed us to examine the individuals, issues, and interpretive methods in Old and New Testament scholarship. The elective course, which for my cohort was on Biblical Interpretation in the Second Temple Period, opened a new vista on a historical period and interpretive perspectives that have continuing influence.

Apart from the courses in my Biblical Studies track, we were expected to audit core courses in the Theological Studies track. These were Philosophy of Religion, in which we went ‘behind the scenes’ to examine religious beliefs and concepts, particularly in Christianity, and History of Christian Doctrines, in which we travelled through church history to consider why we believe what we declare we do today. We were also required to join reading clubs for our concentration—in my case, the Biblical Hebrew reading club. We met regularly to read the Hebrew Bible together, so as to keep up our facility with the original language and learn to use all the available scholarly tools. 

It was the thesis-writing process that was the capstone of my time in the ThM programme. From devising a proposal, to learning to work with my supervisor, to keeping to a heavy schedule of reading, thinking, writing, and revising, until the day of the oral examination, where I was expected to hold my own in conversation with three professors, and even after when the time came for revisions based on feedback from this examining panel—these were ten months of the greatest pressure and most precious learning. I came away with my thesis entitled “Tamar Is Righteous, but Judah Is Not: A Narrative Analysis of Genesis 38” and a set of research skills that will stand me in good stead for my productive lifetime.

All this would have been impossible without the foundations and exposure from the coursework, the fellowship in monthly club and lunch meetings, and the support of our SBC and visiting lecturers. Now that I am in the first year of the PhD programme in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, I realize all the more how thoroughly the SBC ThM programme has prepared me for research and writing at the highest level, not simply to pursue a passion but for the glory of Christ and the edification of his church. While the programme will never be an easy ride because of its demands and the regular discipline needed for its duration, I believe it will be a well of deep water for teachers and preachers in whom God has placed a thirst for more beyond basic theological training.