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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) is an advanced academic degree designed for those who have earned a Master’s degree in a theological discipline from an accredited theological school. The STM is designed to provide concentrated and advanced studies in one of the theological disciplines. The degree may enhance academic qualifications for future doctoral study or provide those in ministry with further formal theological training to deepen a scholarly understanding in a particular theological area.

The STM is completed with a thesis.  The thesis STM is 18 credits of coursework, plus 6 credits dedicated to writing a thesis.  The STM can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus or as a hybrid of online studies and intensives.  A minimum of two STM courses (6 credits) must be completed in residence, either on Trinity’s Ambridge campus during the regular Fall/Spring terms, or during the intensives in January and June.

Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most residential students graduate after 1-2 years of full-time study.  Distance students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, with January & June intensives to fulfill residency.  Most distance students graduate after 1-3 years of part-time study. 


Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1


The Curriculum


Core Requirements (6 credits)
BI800 Biblical Interpretation
CH685 Anglican & Episcopal Church History**
General Electives (12 credits)
  • Choose 4 additional courses
Thesis (6 credits)
RW801 Theological Research & Writing
RW850 Academic Thesis

** Lutheran and Presbyterian track students will substitute this course as appropriate