advanced studies

The Advanced Studies Program consists of four School of Theology degree programs: Master of Sacred Theology (STM), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Theology (Th.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology (Ph.D.).

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

The STM is a second-level graduate professional degree for those who wish to pursue a year of more advanced coursework focusing on a particular discipline.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The D.Min. is designed to help religious professionals deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry by providing a context in which to update and refine their theological knowledge, sharpen old skills, and learn new ones. The aim is to help students bring together previous experiences and new academic studies to create a fresh synthesis of theory and practice.

Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)

The Th.D. is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and ministerial or teaching competence in certain advanced areas of theology and ministry. It has a strong academic specialization, which integrates a major discipline with a minor discipline, making it distinct from the DMin (a professional doctorate) and from many PhDs that focus on one discipline. Like the PhD, the ThD is a rigorous academic research degree. However, unlike the PhD—which positions research in the arts, sciences, and humanities more generally—the ThD positions that research more particularly in the theological disciplines while integrating a major and a minor discipline and the concerns of the church.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and teaching competence in practical theology, understood as the theologically positioned, interdisciplinary study of the practices of religious communities and of the traditions and social contexts that shape and challenge those practices.

The Advanced Studies Committee is a faculty committee that “provides oversight for the operation of all second-level masters and doctoral degrees. Specifically, it serves as the admission committee for these degrees, reviews and approves plans of study and dissertation and project proposals, makes recommendations to the faculty regarding degree program policies, and monitors student academic progress.” (taken from the doctoral handbooks)  The Advanced Studies Committee is comprised of a rotating group of STH faculty members representing each of the four Areas. Dr. David Jacobsen is presently the Chair of the Advanced Studies Committee.  The 2013-2014 meeting schedule can be found here.  For questions on ASC petition or prospectus/proposal procedure, contact Robyn Kinch at 617-353-3045.