The Advanced Studies Program consists of four School of Theology degree programs: Master of Sacred Theology (STM), Doctor of Theology (Th.D.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology (Ph.D.).
- The STM degree program is a second-level graduate professional degree for those who wish to pursue a year of more advanced coursework focusing on a particular discipline.
- The DMin degree program 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.
- The ThD degree program 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.
- The PhD degree program 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.
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