The Master of Theology Degree Completion Program features an interdisciplinary understanding of theology in the 21st century. This degree program provides students the opportunity to explore graduate level study with faculty drawn from the traditional disciplines of philosophy, spirituality, theology, sacred scripture and historical theology, as well as other disciplines such as feminist studies, ethics, and science, from the perspective of various world religions.
The Master of Theology Degree Completion Program is affiliated with the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California and the Ian Ramsey Center of Oxford University, Oxford, England. Global Ministries University was the recipient of a CTNS grant in 2001 for the development of a course of study featuring the History of Science from the perspective of Christianity and Islam.
Eligibility All students who are accepted into this program must have already earned a bachelor's degree.
Credits Required The Master of Theology degree requires 36 credits.
Prior Learning and Life Experience Allowance
Prior Learning Allowance A maximum of 18 credits for prior learning experience.
Prior Life Experience Allowance A maximum of 9 credits may be awarded for life experience.
A combined total of up to 18 of the required 36 credits may be awarded for prior learning and life experience.
Credit Earned Through Global Ministries University Students must earn 18 credits through Global Ministries University.
Master of Theology Degree Completion Program Core Requirements
TH799 Master of Theology Thesis (6 credits) or Two Additional Courses In lieu of a supervised internship, students will be required to demonstrate extensive research skills and will design a research project leading to a Master's Thesis. This project will be interdisciplinary and focus on a core theme. The following are some of the qualifying disciplines, however, this list is not exhaustive:
o Pastoral Ministry
o Contemporary Christianity o Feminist Studies o World Religions o Religion and Science o Theology and Global Ecumenism o Theology and Human Development
Custom-Designed Degree Program It is possible to custom-design this degree program. Under the direction of the Dean of the Master of Theology Degree Program, students are able to select curriculum that would best meet their academic goals.
A course of study for five qualifying disciplines is shown below, however, these are only examples of a possible direction. The choice of courses is not limited to those listed and the number of courses needed to earn degree are not included, rather a sample of courses for each concentration is suggested.
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE IN PASTORAL MINISTRY Students will incorporate the disciplines of Scripture, Historical Theology, Spirituality into a foundation for ministry. Students will develop a research plan for a Master's level research study and work with a mentor to develop a research and writing plan. It is also possible to waive the thesis by taking two additional courses.
Possible course of study for Pastoral Ministry theme: TH612 Introduction to the Old Testament TH650 Introduction to the Gospels TH695 Modern Church History IPE619 Contemporary Congregational Life TH520 Ethical Concerns in Ministry IPA684 Preaching Tutorial TH550 Religious Services TH551 Wedding Ceremonies and Rites of Passages
Possible course of study for Feminist Pastoral Ministry theme: TH610 Feminist Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures TH650 Introduction to New Testament TH642 Visionary Women in the Christian Tradition TH535 Feminist Ethics and Moral Theology IPA701 Feminist Liturgies TH565 Feminist Sacramental Theology IPA686 Feminist Homiletics and Preaching IPA688 Spiritual Direction
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISITANITY Students will incorporate the disciplines of Scripture, Historical Theology, Spirituality into a foundation for Christianity in the 21st century. Students will develop a research plan for a Master's level research study in one of the above areas and work with a mentor to develop a research and writing plan. It is also possible to waive the thesis by taking two additional courses.
Possible course of study for Contemporary Christianity theme: TH612 Introduction to the Old Testament TH650 Introduction to the Gospels TH680 Early Church History TH655 Introduction to Contemporary Christianity TH660 Exploring the Identity and Role of Jesus TH665 Jewish Midrash and the Gospels TH580 Creation Spirituality TH540 Spirituality in the 21st Century
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE IN SACRED ARTS Students will incorporate the disciplines of Scripture, Historical Theology, Spirituality into a foundation for Christianity in the 21st century.
Possible course of study for Sacred Arts theme: TH541 The Craft of Spiritual Journaling (required) TH542 The Sacred Art and Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen TH543 Cinema: Inspiration for the Spirit TH544 The Sacred Artist for Today’s Spiritual Renaissance TH545 Chaos and Creativity TH546 Transformational Theater TH646 Journey to the Spiritual Center TH540 Spirituality in the 21st Century
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE IN FEMINIST STUDIES Students will relate the disciplines of Scripture, Historical Theology, Spirituality, and Ethics with contemporary issues in Feminism. These could include issues such as women's equality, ecofeminism, women's ordination, women's reproductive issues, international women's rights, and gender issues within marriage, family life and employment. Students will develop a research plan for a Master's level research study related to one of these issues and work with a mentor to develop a research and writing plan. It is also possible to waive the thesis by taking two additional courses.
Possible course of study for Feminist Studies theme: TH610 Feminist Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures TH650 Introduction to the New Testament TH644 Women of the Bible TH544 Celtic Women in the Christian Tradition TH508 Feminist Theology TH535 Feminist Ethics and Moral Theology TH572 Feminist Liberation Theologies TH642 Visionary Women in the Christian Tradition
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE IN GLOBAL SPIRITUALITY This program invites students to explore and reflect on some of the ancient paths to spiritual growth and integrate these paths with contemporary experiences of the Sacred. The paths students will explore include those from the spiritual traditions of the East and the West. They will include sacred spiritualities such as the Goddess theme, Monastic, Native American, Latino, Ignatian, Celtic, African, Zen, Taoist, and mystic traditions of Judaism (Kabala), Christianity (Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross) and Islam (Sufism).
Students will compare and contrast these spiritual traditions in the light of contemporary questions and social issues provoked by the globalization of culture and interaction of formerly disparate spiritual traditions. The goal of this program is to encourage students to develop their own spiritual map drawing from the diverse spiritual traditions that are the heritage of the human family. They will dialogue with ancient wisdom traditions and contemplative approaches to life that have the potential to empower and transform mind, body and spirit in a global, 21st century society. Student may write a thesis or take two additional courses.
Possible course of study for Global Spirituality theme: TH901 World Religions and Ethical Systems TH577 Religious Traditions of the World TH512 Theology of Interfaith Dialogue TH506 Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Science and Religion TH575 Mysticism in the Christian Tradition and Beyond TH580 Creation Spirituality TH578 African Theology TH540 Spirituality for the 21st Century TH510 Introduction to Ecumenical Theology TH515 Comparative Religion
Other possible themes might be:
RELIGION AND SCIENCE Students will relate either the History of Science or a particular scientific discipline with the core teachings of a theological discipline such as Sacred Scripture, Historical Theology, Ecological Theology or Moral Theology.
Students will be encouraged to bring the disciplines of theology to bear on contemporary scientific and moral issues such as stem cell research, biomedical ethics, theories of human origins as well as the evolving universe, and the many ethical issues forming around the environment and ecological Systems.
THEOLOGY AND GLOBAL ECUMENISM Students will be able to envision theology of the 21st century within the growing religious and ethical diversity present in the many and diverse belief systems found throughout the globe and often within most of the international urban centers of the world.
Global Ecumenism involves a new understanding of theology within a pluralistic religious world in which theology must speak to more than one religious tradition and be capable of dialogue with many other religious systems. Students can choose this track for research into another religious tradition other than Christianity and develop paradigms for interaction between Christianity and at least one other world religious tradition.
THEOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Students will compare and contrast theology with current studies in Humanistic Psychology, Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry to determine how theology can relate to the evolving understanding of the human person within the disciplines mentioned above. Research projects should focus on the relationship of contemporary theology with at least one of the disciplines dealing with human growth and development. Research projects should show how theology and other secular disciplines can learn from each other and also how they can complement each other for a fuller understanding of the human person.