Master of Theology

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MTh Program Basics
Academic Terms
Application and Admission
Program Details
General Description

Master of Theology Program Basics:

What is the program title? Master of Theology (M.Th.)

What is the program launch date? Students may begin at any time.

How many credits are needed to graduate? 30 hours

Academic Terms:

• When do the terms start?  2 terms in the fall starting in late August and again in October, 2 terms in the spring starting in January and March, and 1 term in the summer starting in June.

• How long are your terms?  8 weeks

• Do you have cohorts or are there particular start dates for new students?  Students may start the program at any point.

• On average, how many months will it take a student to complete the program?   Students may complete the program in as little as 15 months, if they consistently take at least 2 courses per graduate session.

Can you take both online and onsite courses?  Yes, with multiple regional sites, such as Louisville, Somerset, Bowling Green, Northern KY, and Pineville, student can take as many courses as they like based on their schedule and availability.  3 online courses are offered every graduate session.  At least 1 onsite course is offered every graduate session at the LEC and broadcast to regional centers through CU360 video conferencing.

Application and Admission:

The following are required for admission to Campbellsville University's Master of Theology program:

1. An application for admission to Campbellsville University.

2. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

3. Eighteen hours of undergraduate coursework in the area of Christian Studies, Religion, Theology or Christian Ministry from a regionally accredited college or university OR a Masters degree (such as M.A., M.Div.) OR applicable graduate course in Theology, Christian Ministry, or Bible.

4. Overall GPA of 2.7 or an undergraduate major GPA of 2.0.

5. Undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0, or Official report of a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (minimum 750 points), or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or a Previous Master's degree from an accredited institution (or at least 30 hours in a planned program of study with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0).

6. Philosophy of Ministry Essay (2-3 pages), in which the applicant briefly summarizes his or her: 

a. Conversion and call to ministry (telling of persons and churches instrumental in your journey to faith.),

b. Current title and place of ministry (if none, describe most recent title/place of ministry), and

c. Current philosophy of ministry (providing both a biblical and theological basis; be sure to include references to persons, churches, ministries, and other resources that have shaped your understanding of Christian ministry).

7. Two letters of reference: one from an academician and one from a minister, both well-acquainted with the applicant's life and work.

8. A phone or face-to-face interview with the Dean of the School of Theology (Main Campus) or Director of the Louisville Education Center (Louisville).

*Conditional admission for one semester may be granted by the Dean of the School of Theology for students meeting most of the requirements so they may complete what is lacking.

*Applicants may transfer a total of 12 hours graduate Christian Studies credit hours from regionally accredited graduate degree programs if the courses match content of required seminars or are accepted as "elective" courses; academic coursework offered for transfer credit must carry a grade of "B" or better.

Tuition Rates
For graduate tuition rates, please click here.  All courses are 3 credit hours.  Students will also add an additional $125 per course online fee.  Books are not included in the tuition rate.  Financial aid and scholarship are available for qualifying students.

Howell Scholarship
George and Myrtle Howell Memorial Scholarship is available to Master of Theology students who meet the following requirements.

1) The student is either in a full-time or part-time paid staff position in a Baptist church;
2) The student is enrolled as a full-time student (at least 6 hrs. per grad term);
3) The student has at least a 3.5 overall grade point average.

18-hour Core Courses for Each Emphases:

         Biblical Studies, Pastoral Leadership, Theological Studies

Biblical Studies core courses:

CHS 510 Old Testament History & Interpretation I
CHS 511 Old Testament History & Interpretation II
CHS 513 Old Testament Prophets
CHS 520 New Testament History & Interpretation I
CHS 521 New Testament History & Interpretation II
CHS 580 Pastoral Letters, Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral Leadership core courses:

CHS 551 Journey into Christ-likeness
CHS 552 Pastoral Ministries & Evangelism
CHS 553 Ministry of Proclamation & Worship
CHS 555 Pastoral Care & Counseling
CHS 567 Leadership Development
CHS 661 Innovations in the Contemporary Church

Theological Studies core courses:

CHS 531 Christian Theology
CHS 543 Ethics of the Christian Faith
CHS 571 Pre-Reformation History of the Church
CHS 572 Post-Reformation History of the Church
CHS 580 Baptist History and Heritage
CHS 634 Gospel and Postmodernism

Elective Courses:
CHS 525 The General Letters (Biblical)
CHS 544 Philosophy of the Christian Faith (Theological)
CHS 556 Christian Evangelism and the Church (Pastoral Leadership)
CHS 557 Church Planting (Pastoral Leadership)
CHS 558 Pastoral Care in Human Crisis (Pastoral Leadership)
CHS 561 Introduction to Educational Ministries (Pastoral Leadership)
CHS 562 Intergenerational Ministries (Pastoral Leadership)
CHS 580 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics (Biblical)
CHS 580 Archeology & Biblical Studies
CHS 599 Supervised Practicum (Pastoral Leadership)


Program Details:

• Do you have any special accreditation for the program?   Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer the Master of Theology program.

• How long has the program been offered at the institution?  The program offered its first offering in the fall 1999 semester. From its inception it has been a resident, face-to-face program. We are just now moving to an online track to better serve students serving in various ministry capacities.

• What is the history and philosophy of your program?  In 1999, the Campbellsville University School of Theology created the initial program to provide a way for people in our immediate service region (south-central KY) to have access to graduate theological education, without having to uproot and move to another school or seminary.  The program started humbly and slowly gained influence across the state and region. 

Beginning in 2008, the Master of Theology program began being delivered fully online in addition to face-to-face courses an the main campus and in Louisville.  Then in 2009, all face-to-face courses shifted to the Louisville Extension Center and through CU 360 video conferencing, while the main campus faculty and staff focused primarily on online courses.  This shift has allowed for even a wider regional outreach and multi-state representation among our student base.  At the present time, we have students and alumni from KY, TN, OH, IN, MO, IL, AR, and FL.

The philosophy of the program is to offer high-quality, academically-rigorous, ministry-applicable theological education through online and onsite delivery methods at an affordable cost within a reasonable allotment of time.  Ultimately, we hope to Produce World Changers for Christ in all of our degree programs.

General Program Description & Policies:

The Master of Theology program is a 30-hour program of graduate theological and ministerial training that provides an 18-hour emphasis in one of three areas (Pastoral Leadership, Biblical Studies and Theological Studies) and prepares the Christian minister for effective kingdom service through the church for the world.

• The 18-hour prerequisite of undergraduate Christian Studies may be met (for the M.Th. applicant who lacks such) by taking these courses fully online through the School of Theology’s undergraduate program.  Each undergraduate semester at least four (4) online courses are offered at the undergraduate level.  Course such as Introduction to New Testament, Introduction to Old Testament, Introduction to Christian Philosophy, Christian Evangelism, Christian Theology, Pastoral Ministries, Ministry of Proclamation, Growing a Healthy Church, and Christ and Culture.

A student may complete the program in a mere 15 months (provided he or she has the prerequisite 18 hours of undergraduate Christian Studies coming into the program).

The majority of the classes (90%) for this online program are being taught by full-time professors (holding Ph.D.’s in their respective disciplines). Other faculty are regular adjunct instructors to the undergraduate and graduate program (also holding Ph.D.’s in their respective disciplines).

Graduation Requirements

Final Comprehensive Philosophy of Ministry Essay (PME):  Each student submitted a 2-3 page minimum PME as an applicant into the program.  In the student’s last graduate term, he or she must complete in addition to all coursework a Comprehensive PME, which allows the student to update the initial essay.  The instructions are below.

1. Compose a seven to ten (7-10) page critical essay (New Times Roman font, 1” margins, double-spaced, excluding cover page [title, your name, date, advisor’s name]) in which you update your Philosophy of Ministry statement in light of your 18-hour emphasis. 

2. Synthesize your understanding of the philosophy and practice of Christian ministry with the knowledge and skills that were part of your seminar coursework.  In light of your 18-hour emphasis respond to the following questions (be as specific as possible).

  • How would you now describe your philosophy of Christian Ministry?
  • How has study in your area of emphasis altered, expanded, and/or given new vision for your philosophy of ministry?
  • What sources and resources do you now hold as necessary for ministry?
  • What new goals do you set for yourself and for your ministry?

3. Submit the essay to your advisor per email and as per the following time schedule.

  • December Graduation:  Essay is due on or before November 15.
  • May Graduation:  Essay is due on or before April 15.

Academic Requirements

Students must earn a "C" grade or better in all Master of Theology courses.  Any grade below a "C" will not count toward degree completion.