Master of Theology
To prepare students for further graduate study at the doctoral level; the scholarly enhancement of ministry; or some forms of teaching, research, or writing.
Students will demonstrate mastery of knowledge of seminar and colloquium material.
Students will demonstrate excellence in research.
Students will demonstrate proficiency in presenting knowledge.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Jeffrey B. Riley (Program Supervisor and Program Coordinator/Advisor)
ThM Purpose and Student Learning Outcomes
The Master of Theology degree program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a research degree designed to provide qualified students the opportunity to achieve fuller mastery in a discipline or disciplines than afforded in their previous master’s work. Those completing the degree are prepared for further graduate study, some forms of teaching, and disciplined reflection in ministry.
Graduates of the Master of Theology program will be able to do the following:
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline in the context of general theological study
Formulate productive questions
Design, implement, and report research
Degree Components (31-35 hours)
Major Concentration Component
Graduate Orientation (includes COOP7000)
Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing
Thesis Component (in the area of the major concentration)*
Total Required: 31-35 hours
Students may choose one of five major areas of study in this degree program: Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Church and Community Ministries, Pastoral Ministries, or Theological and Historical Studies.
An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency related to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Applicants must have completed the MDiv degree, the MA degree, or the first theological degree in the appropriate area of study from a theological institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
Applicants must demonstrate evidence of aptitude for advanced theological study. For unconditional acceptance of the application, the minimum GPA for prior graduate-level theological work is 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Persons with a GPA of less than 3.25 may demonstrate potential through the GPA and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) according to the following five-point sliding scale. For the application to be accepted unconditionally for further consideration, pending the other steps in the approval process, the individual must have a combined score of “0” or higher on the three components. Applicants with a combined score of -3 to -1 may be eligible for acceptance on probation. Scores may be no older than 5 years.
Applicants must have completed the following prerequisites in languages prior to admission.
Biblical Studies: a minimum of 12 semester hours of master’s-level Greek; 12 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, and exegesis courses); and 5 semester hours of French, German, or Latin.
Christian Education: a minimum of 6 semester hours of research statistics. Upon request, the division faculty will evaluate undergraduate courses to determine which, if any, apply toward the research statistics requirement. Requests must be submitted in writing with the application. Courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses CEST6300 Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics and CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics. Applicants may choose to take CEST6300 Introduction to Research and Statistics during preresidency and seek approval to take CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics within the first year after admission into the program.
Church and Community Ministries: a minimum of 3 semester hours of research statistics. Upon request, the division faculty will evaluate undergraduate courses to determine which, if any, apply toward the research statistics requirement. Requests must be submitted in writing with the application. Courses considered would be those similar in nature to the NOBTS graduate course COUN6374 Scientific Research and Program Evaluation.
Pastoral Ministries: a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate- level biblical languages (Hebrew and/or Greek), 6 semester hours of a nonbiblical language (French, German, Latin, or Spanish), or 6 semester hours of research statistics. Statistics courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses CEST6300 Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics and CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics. Applicants may choose to take CEST6300 Introduction to Research and Statistics during preresidency and seek approval to take CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics within the first year after admission into the program.
Theological and Historical Studies: a minimum of 6 semester hours of master’s-level Greek; 6 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar and OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar); and 5 semester hours of French, German, or Latin.
All Majors: Academic credits that are to be considered for meeting nonbiblical language or research statistics and methods requirements may not be more than 7 years old. The divisions will consider requests concerning unique circumstances. In addition to transcripted course credits, competency in a non-biblical language can be verified by testing arranged through the Office of Research Doctoral Programs.
Applicants whose primary spoken language is not English should follow the instructions in the International Students section of the catalog. The International Student Advisor for the Seminary is Dr. Paul Gregoire. Applicants may contact him by phone at 504.282.4455 or 1.800.NOBTS.01 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION
Although not included in the above calculation, the quantitative score will be considered in the overall evaluation of the applicant. The institutional code for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is 6472.
A completed application including all supporting documents is due to the office of the Director of the Master of Theology Program by April 1/November 1.
The applicant must submit a research paper from the master’s program for review by the division. If no paper is available, the applicant should contact the appropriate division associate dean.
The applicant must complete a criminal background check through CastleBranch before the application can be considered.
The Director normally will conduct an interview with the applicant.
The division faculty will make a recommendation to the division associate dean regarding admission. The division associate dean may require an interview.
The associate dean chair will present the division’s recommendation to the Master of Theology Admissions Committee, which is comprised of the associate deans of the four divisions (Division of Biblical Studies, Division of Church Ministries , Division of Counseling, and Division Theological and Historical Studies) and the Director of the Master of Theology Program, who chairs the committee.
Five majors are offered: Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Church and Community Ministries, Pastoral Ministries, and Theological and Historical Studies.
Normally, students would not take over 12 hours per semester. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the Master of Theology Program.
Prior to taking doctoral seminars that may be eligible for transfer into a research doctoral program, the student must achieve a combined score of “0” or higher on the five-point sliding scale for application.
Doctoral students have first priority to enroll in doctoral seminars. If space permits, ThM students may enroll in doctoral seminars if they have the appropriate prerequisite course work and the approval of the instructor, the division of study, and the Associate Dean of Research Doctoral Programs.
Normally, a ThM student would take no more than one doctoral seminar at a time. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the Master of Theology Program.
Normally, the ThM work will be completed on campus. However, in some cases up to 4 hours of work may be completed in an extension center setting with the approval of the Director of the Master of Theology Program.
Up to 4 hours may be taken in independent study under direct faculty supervision.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to remain enrolled in the ThM program.
An acceptable thesis of 60-100 pages in the area of the student’s major concentration ordinarily is required. In some circumstances, an acceptable alternative to the thesis requirement is the completion of two research doctoral seminars in the major area.
Continuous enrollment in the program is required.
The maximum time limit for completion of the program is 4 years.
For a student who completes the degree, up to two research doctoral seminars completed with a grade of “B” or above may be eligible for doctoral program credit, should the student be admitted to a research doctoral program and if permission is granted by the Research Doctoral Admissions Committee.
During the first semester of the program, the student should be in dialogue with the associate dean of the division regarding a possible thesis direction and Thesis Advisor. The Director of the Master of Theology Program, in consultation with the division associate dean, will appoint the Thesis Advisor in accordance with the proposed area of research.
During the semester before the writing of the thesis and thesis registration, the student should work with the Thesis Advisor to develop a Thesis Proposal. The Thesis Proposal should include the following components:
Review of Literature
Description of Research Methodology
The Thesis Proposal is normally no longer than 20 pages, not counting the bibliography.
The student should audit RDOC9303 Prospectus Development in January or June.
The Thesis Advisor will work with the student to present the Thesis Proposal to the Research Doctoral Oversight Committee for review.
Final approval of the Thesis Proposal by the Thesis Advisor must be secured by the last day of the semester prior to the first semester of thesis registration.
Three plain-paper copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Director of the Master of Theology program by the April 1 or November 1 deadline prior to graduation.
Appropriate thesis and diploma fees must be paid at the time of submission.
A Thesis Review Committee shall be composed of the Thesis Advisor, one faculty member in the major area, and one faculty member outside the major area (appointed by the Director of the Master of Theology Program).
An electronic copy of the approved thesis must be submitted to the ReDoc office no later than 10 days prior to graduation.
ThM course work is at an advanced level, either in ThM courses or in doctoral seminars. (Many ThM courses are designed around a core MDiv course. Thus, students normally attend the MDiv course meetings.
ThM courses require additional or lengthier assignments, particularly in research and writing.) See the MDiv section of the catalog for course descriptions of parallel courses.
COOP7000 An Introduction to NOBTS, the SBC, and the Cooperative Program
This core curriculum course offered in conjunction with Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing is required to be taken in the first year. The course will acquaint students with a brief history of NOBTS, the SBC, and the Cooperative Program, as well as their current leadership and operation. In this course students also will gain an understanding of the significance and relationship of the Cooperative Program to the SBC and NOBTS.
RDOC9300 Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing (3 hours)
In this course students will be introduced to the literature and techniques of advanced research. Special attention will be given to the development of research proposals and the presentation of research, including individual guidance in the form and style of research writing. The course must be taken during the student’s first year in the program.
THMD7400 ThM Directed Readings Study
Former ThD or PhD students who did not complete the degree may apply for the ThM program and request transfer of credit to the degree. If accepted, the student would register for the Directed Readings Study, in which a literature review of current works in the field would be produced.
THMP7010 ThM Program Proficiency
This is not a course per se. Students should register for this component in semesters in which no ThM course work is taken.
THMW7410 ThM Thesis Writing
BBOT7311 Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and the Old Testament
BBNT7301 Archaeology and the New Testament
BBNE7302 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
OTEN7320 Theology of the Old Testament
OTHB7301 Hebrew Exegesis: Genesis 1‑11
OTHB7302 Hebrew Exegesis: Genesis 12‑36
OTHB7303 Hebrew Exegesis: Genesis 37‑50
OTHB7304 Hebrew Exegesis: Exodus
OTHB7305 Hebrew Exegesis: The Ten Commandments:
OTHB7306 Hebrew Exegesis: Leviticus
OTHB7307 Hebrew Exegesis: Numbers
OTHB7308 Hebrew Exegesis: Deuteronomy
OTHB7309 Hebrew Exegesis: Joshua
OTHB7310 Hebrew Exegesis: Judges
OTHB7311 Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth
OTHB7312 Hebrew Exegesis: 1 & 2 Samuel
OTHB7313 Hebrew Exegesis: 1 & 2 Kings
OTHB7314 Hebrew Exegesis: 1 & 2 Chronicles
OTHB7315 Hebrew Exegesis: Ezra - Nehemiah - Esther
OTHB7316 Hebrew Exegesis: Job
OTHB7317 Hebrew Exegesis: Psalms
OTHB7318 Hebrew Exegesis: Proverbs
OTHB7319 Hebrew Exegesis: Ecclesiastes
OTHB7320 Hebrew Exegesis: Isaiah 1-39
OTHB7321 Hebrew Exegesis: Isaiah 40-66
OTHB7322 Hebrew Exegesis: Jeremiah - Lamentations
OTHB7323 Hebrew Exegesis: Ezekiel
OTHB7324 Hebrew Exegesis: Daniel
OTHB7325 Hebrew Exegesis: Hosea - Amos
OTHB7326 Hebrew Exegesis: Jonah
OTHB7327 Hebrew Exegesis: Habakkuk - Zephaniah
OTHB7328 Hebrew Exegesis: Haggai - Malachi
OTHB7329 Hebrew Exegesis: Zechariah
OTHB7330 Hebrew Exegesis: Song of Songs - Lamentations
OTBA7350 Biblical Aramaic
NTEN7320 New Testament Theology
NTGK7301 Greek Exegesis: Matthew
NTGK7302 Greek Exegesis: Mark
NTGK7303 Greek Exegesis: Luke
NTGK7304 Greek Exegesis: John
NTGK7305 Greek Exegesis: Acts
NTGK7306 Greek Exegesis: Romans
NTGK7307 Greek Exegesis: 1 Corinthians
NTGK7308 Greek Exegesis: 2 Corinthians
NTGK7309 Greek Exegesis: Galatians
NTGK7310 Greek Exegesis: Ephesians
NTGK7311 Greek Exegesis: Philippians ‑ Colossians
NTGK7312 Greek Exegesis: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
NTGK7313 Greek Exegesis: 1 & 2 Timothy
NTGK7314 Greek Exegesis: Prison Epistles
NTGK7315 Greek Exegesis: Pastoral Epistles
NTGK7316 Greek Exegesis: Hebrews
NTGK7317 Greek Exegesis: James
NTGK7318 Greek Exegesis: 1 Peter
NTGK7319 Greek Exegesis: 2 Peter
NTGK7320 Greek Exegesis: 1‑3 John
NTGK7321 Greek Exegesis: The Revelation
NTGK7322 Greek Exegesis: Sermon on the Mount
NTGK7323 Greek Exegesis: Parables
NTGK7390 Textual Criticism of the Greek New Testament
NTGK7391 Studies in New Testament Manuscripts
NTGK7393 Advanced Greek Grammar
NTGK7395 Readings in Hellenistic Greek
BSIS7399 Independent Study in Biblical Studies
CEAM7317 Church Business Administration
CECH7333 Leading Children’s Ministry
CEEF7300 Historical Foundations of Christian Education
CEEF7301 Foundations of Christian Education
CEEF7302 Foundations in Educational Psychology
CEEF7310 Teaching the Bible
CEYH7341 Understanding Contemporary Adolescents
Church and Community Ministries
CCSW7310 Social Work Practice with Groups
CCSW7314 Interpersonal Relationship Skills
CCSW7361 Social Welfare Policy and Planning
CCSW7363 Social Work Practice with Juvenile Delinquents
CCSW7365 Death, Loss, and Grief
CCSW7366 Social Work Practice with Children and Families
CCSW7367 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
CCSW7368 Social Work Practice with Organizations & Communities
CCSW7369 Social Work Practice with the Aging and Their Families
COUN7301 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment
COUN7304 Family Systems Theory in Practice
COUN7351 Counseling Theories and Therapies
COUN7355 Brief Approaches to Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy
PATH7333 Church Ministries Creation and Contextualization
PATH7334 Stress and Conflict Management
PREA7306 Pastoral Preaching
PREA7307 Evangelistic Preaching
PREA7313 Contemporary Bible Exposition
PREA7314 Preaching Bible Doctrine
PREA7316 Preaching from Historical-Narrative Literature
PREA7317 Preaching from Poetic and Wisdom Literature
PREA7318 Preaching from the Prophets
PREA7319 Preaching from the Gospels
PREA7320 Preaching from the Epistles
PREA7321 Preaching from Apocalyptic Literature
PREA7322 Pulpit Apologetics
CHPL7380 Principles of Church Planting
CHPL7381 Strategic Church Planting for Multiplication
CHPL7382 Urban Church Planting
CHPL7384 Church Planting in the African-American Community
EVAN7332 Clinical Field Project in Evangelism or Church Planting
EVAN7351 Contemporary Trends in Growing an Evangelistic Church
EVAN7352 Biblical Principles and Practices of Evangelism
EVAN7354 Great Revivals and Awakenings
MISS7330 History of Baptist Missions
MISS7331 Regional Studies
MISS7332 Contemporary Mission Methods and Movements
MISS7233 The Persecuted Church
MISS7335 Last Frontiers
MISS7340 History of Christian Missions
MISS7342 Introduction to Urban Missions
MISS7343 Transcultural Communication of the Gospel
MISS7344 World Religions: Eastern Religions
MISS7345 World Religions: Islam
MISS7346 World Religions: Judaism
MISS7348 Life and Work of the Missionary
MISS7349 Anthropology for Missions and Ministry
MISS7351 Linguistics for Missionaries
MISS7358 Persecution and Martyrdom Yesterday and Today
PMIS7399 Independent Study in Pastoral Ministries
Theological & Historical Studies
ETHC7301 Biblical Ethics
HIST7301 History of Early Christianity
HIST7302 Christian Devotional Classics
HIST7311 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST7321 History of Modern Christianity
HIST7326 History of American Christianity
HIST7327 Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church
HST7334 The Church and Political Involvement
HIST7358 Persecution and Martyrdom Yesterday and Today
PHIL7301 Philosophical Theology
PHIL7302 Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory
PHIL7304 Apologetic Method
PHIL7305 The Problem of Evil
PHIL7314 Theology of C. S. Lewis
PHIL7329 Jesus and Islam
THEO7301 The Doctrine of Revelation
THEO7302 The Person and Work of Christ
THEO7303 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
THEO7305 Issues in Contemporary Theology
THEO7306 Cult Theology
THEO7307 The Doctrine of Salvation
THEO7308 The Doctrine of the Church
THEO7314 Theology of C. S. Lewis
THEO7327 Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church
THEO7329 Jesus and Islam
THEO7358 Persecution and Martyrdom Yesterday and Today
THIS7399 Independent Study in Theology