We offer a ThM degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids (PRTS). PRTS provides lecturers from its faculty and adjunct faculty, and confers the degree. Greystone Theological Institute (partners with PRTS and the Pastors’ Academy) also provides some of the London teaching and further online options.
The ThM can be taken in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, or Historical Theology (specifically Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology).
The degree is designed to enrich your preaching and teaching ministry. For some it serves as preparation for further study. If you make good progress you can apply to transfer to the PhD that we also offer with PRTS.
There are two tracks to the ThM:
- The classes-only track involves 10 taught courses: 1 on research methods, 6 in your specialism, and 3 others (a total of 30 credit hours).
- The classes-plus-thesis track involves 8 courses: 1 on research methods, 5 in your specialism, and 2 others (24 credit hours), and a thesis of 100-200 pages (6 credit hours).
The courses are each taught in an intensive residential week at London Seminary, with five offered each year (usually at the start of January, in March/April, in late June, at the start of September and in the October half-term). The research methods course is taken online in a live-streamed class (usually in August), and some other classes may be taken online.
To pass the course you need a minimum GPA of 3.00 and there is a final comprehensive oral examination. You have up to six years to finish the whole course. We recommend that thesis students aim to complete the taught courses within three years.
Admission to the ThM requires a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Divinity degree or its equivalent (the London Seminary course counts). This should include study of biblical Hebrew and Greek. If you apply from outside the US, you will need to provide full details of your theological studies.
Further information on the PRTS ThM degree, including details of how to apply, can be found here (note that some of the details, such as the residency requirement, do not apply to London students). Information on the PRTS fees is here. You can also contact us with questions about how the London ThM course works.
Please note that there will be two more Westminster Theological Seminary modules at the Pastors' Academy in September and October 2018. PRTS modules will be available from January 2019. You can find details of upcoming modules here. It is also possible to audit modules - get in touch with us if that is something you are interested in.
The small print: All the PRTS degree programs operate under the guidelines of the Association of Theological Schools. The programs are currently undergoing a periodic review. Until the current re-accreditation has been successfully completed PRTS will not petition ATS for any extension site, complete degree site, or any other site. Following the review all of the PRTS partnerships will be reviewed and applicable petitions may then be made.
The ThM course helped me grow as a disciplined reader and thinker. An Elder in our church commented on the richness of my preaching.