The Master of Theology Degree (ThM) is an advanced, research-oriented graduate program in theology. It allows students to concentrate on a chosen theological discipline and includes a thesis on one aspect of theology. The ThM builds on the first graduate-level theological degree, normally the MDiv or the MTS.
The ThM is intended for candidates who…
The ThM is a 24-credit-hour advanced master’s degree program designed to be completed full-time in one year or part-time. Students complete 18 credits of coursework and two required thesis courses (6 credits). The four primary areas of study in the Online ThM program include:
While the program is of particular interest to Orthodox students who have received their first graduate theological degrees from Orthodox theological schools in the United States and abroad, it welcomes all qualified applicants.
HCHC offers the ThM program in two modalities: online and on-campus in Brookline, MA just outside Boston.
For those prospective students who are able to study at our campus just outside of Boston, Holy Cross delivers an advanced theological education within an Orthodox liturgical community. The program delivers its courses in classrooms and through directed studies with professors within an Orthodox community. Students can choose from a wide array of advanced theological courses, including courses through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium comprised of ten theological institutions of higher learning in the Boston area.
The online program delivers its courses through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous experiences, allowing the student the flexibility to work at their own pace and within their life’s schedule. By offering this degree online, HCHC expands its reach to prospective students and clergy who are not able to pursue a degree on the Brookline campus.
In addition to regular admission requirements, ThM applicants must have completed the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, such as the Licentiate of Theology, with an accumulative GPA of 3.3 or better.
Applicants who hold the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree may be required to complete up to four additional theology courses (or twelve credits) prior to their matriculation into the ThM program.
Language requirements include intermediate knowledge of New Testament or Patristic Greek, proficiency in English, and a reading knowledge of one of the following: French, German, Greek, or Russian.