STH Degree Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree

The MDiv curriculum is shaped by the conviction that prophetic, practical, religious leaders, thoroughly grounded in the wisdom of their traditions, are essential to the work of on-going transformation of the church and the world. The degree seeks to educate religious leaders who can interpret complex and evolving local and global contexts and engage those contexts in creative and confident conversation with a full array of theological resources.

The primary learning outcomes of the MDiv include:

  1. a comprehensive and discriminating understanding of the Christian tradition in relation to other religious and cultural traditions, including
    • a. the broader heritage of the Christian tradition as such and the more specific character of particular Christian traditions and communities in relation to other faith traditions and social-cultural contexts;
    • b. the ways that traditions transcend particular social and cultural settings, and the ways they come to unique expression in them; and
    • c. the Christian and Hebrew scripture, the historical development and contemporary articulation of the doctrinal and theological traditions of Christian communities of faith, the social and institutional histories of those communities, and the mutual influence of those distinctive traditions with diverse social contexts.
  2. a critical understanding of and creative engagement with the cultural realities and structures within which the church and other religious communities live and carry out their missions, including
    • a. contemporary cultural and social issues and their significance for diverse linguistic and cultural contexts of ministry; and
    • b. the global character of the church as well as ministry in the multifaith and multicultural context of contemporary society.
  3. growth in personal faith, emotional maturity, moral integrity, and public witness.
  4. growth in ministerial and public leadership skills, professional and ministerial ethics, the ability to think theologically about the practice of ministry, and the development of habits of lifelong learning.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Degree

The MTS curriculum is shaped by the conviction that religious life in today’s world may be enriched by deep exploration of theological traditions in dialogue with broad understanding of the complexities of our global context. Students have opportunities to prepare for a variety of contributions as religious leaders serving in diverse communities, analyzing religious life in relation to diverse social contexts, and increasing theological knowledge and understanding.

The primary learning outcomes of the MTS include:

  1. a foundational understanding of the Christian and Hebrew scriptures and of the broad heritage of the Christian tradition as such and in relation to other faith traditions and social-cultural contexts.
  2. a critical understanding of and creative engagement with the cultural realities and structures within which religious leadership is carried out, including
    • i. contemporary cultural and social issues and their significance for diverse linguistic and cultural contexts of religious leadership; and
    • ii. the global character of religious communities in the multifaith and multicultural context of contemporary society.
  3. focused knowledge in a specific discipline for students pursuing a particular MTS concentration or, in other cases, a survey knowledge of various theological disciplines
  4. a developed intellectual focus and vocational direction.

Master of Sacred Music (MSM) Degree

The MSM degree seeks to prepare students for leadership roles in communities of faith, and as performers, scholars, and teachers; the degree provides professional training for employment as a church musician, either in organ or choral conducting.

The primary learning outcomes of the MSM include:

  1. Capacity for constructive theological reflection;
  2. A foundational knowledge of music theory and history;
  3. A graduate survey knowledge of the Bible, church history, worship, and theology;
  4. An advanced knowledge of church music literature (choral and instrumental);
  5. Advanced competence in an applied music performance area; and
  6. Advanced competence in practical skills required to lead communities of faith in worship through music.

Master of Sacred Theology (STM) Degree

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

The primary learning outcomes of the STM include:

  1. advanced competency in one area or discipline of theological study; and
  2. a capacity to conduct original research in that area.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree

The DMin degree program is designed to assist religious professionals to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry by providing a context in which to update and refine their theological knowledge, sharpen existing skills, and learn new ones. The aim is to help students bring together their experience with additional academic studies to create a fresh synthesis of theory and practice.

The primary learning outcomes of the DMin include:

  1. an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of transformational religious leadership;
  2. enhanced competencies in contextual analysis and leadership skills;
  3. capacity for a robust embrace of and engagement with social diversity;
  4. the integration of knowledge, contextual analysis, and leadership skills into a theologically reflective vocational praxis;
  5. new knowledge about religious leadership in global contexts;
  6. continued growth in spiritual maturity, and development and appropriation of a personal and professional ethic.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The PhD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and competence in teaching and research and to contribute to scholarship in a specialized area of theological studies. The PhD requires students to give evidence of the highest standards of scholarship at every stage of the degree program.

The primary learning outcomes of the PhD include:

  1. a breadth of knowledge in theological and religious studies and in other cognate disciplines with mastery of knowledge in a particular academic discipline;
  2. capacity to conduct advanced scholarly research and writing that makes an original contribution to the discipline that is significant for religious communities, academy, and society;
  3. growth in one’s identity as a researcher, including:
    • the ability to access appropriate resources in the study of one’s discipline, to analyze and assess critically the findings of others, and to synthesize existing knowledge with one’s own findings;
    • the ability to employ primary doctoral-level research methods appropriate to the study of one’s chosen discipline; and
    • the ability to communicate one’s research appropriately to scholars within one’s discipline and to other scholars, professionals, or publics beyond one’s discipline;
  4. growth in one’s identity as a teacher, including:
    • the ability to design a course with appropriate, achievable, and measurable learning outcomes;
    • the ability to facilitate and evaluate learning within a course through a variety of methods;
  5. growth in one’s professional identity as a scholar within the academy, including:
    • familiarity with the teaching profession and the academy; the responsibilities and expectations of a faculty member; and the ethical standards of one’s discipline;
    • a commitment to collaborative inquiry, mentoring, publication and other modes of transferring kn