Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M)
Graduates of accredited colleges and graduates of this or some other accredited theological school who have attained a high standing (i.e., an average not lower than a B plus) in both their collegiate and theological courses may be admitted to Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) candidacy. The M.Div. or the M.A. in theological studies is prerequisite for admission to the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) program. Applicants for admission may also be required to submit an essay they have written as a sample of their academic writing to give evidence of their ability to pursue graduate study and research. Advanced standing and transfer credits are not granted to students in programs for the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree.
There are two programs leading to the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), a general program and a research program. When students are admitted they are notified which of the two programs is appropriate in their case. The decision is made on the basis of the candidate's previous record, particular interests and professional needs, and the Seminary's resources. Most Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) students are admitted into the general program. Both are one-year programs.
The general degree is intended for those who will profit more from advanced course work and seminary study.
The research degree requires greater competence in languages and is designed for students who wish to devote a larger proportion of their time to research in a limited area and to the writing of an original thesis.
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