Master of Sacred Theology


Purpose

The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree program provides the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in a chosen field of theological study and to gain and use the skills necessary for scholarly work and research in theology on an advanced level.

The S.T.M. degree program is suitable both for those who wish to advance their theological knowledge and understanding beyond the Master of Divinity degree and for those who wish to equip themselves for theological leadership in the Church.

Student Learning Outcomes

By completing the requirements of the S.T.M. degree program, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the nature and function of theology in a fuller and more effective manner than at the Master of Divinity level through the chosen field and focus of theological discipline;
  2. Undertake independent theological research by formulating, developing, and presenting an argument in a clear and convincing manner;
  3. Use research languages that are appropriate to the chosen field of theological study—at least one of the Biblical languages and one of the modern languages or Latin—to engage in scholarly research;
  4. Write research articles that make scholarly contributions to the church
  5. Teach in ways that are Christ-centered, Biblically-based, confessionally Lutheran, and evangelically active
  6. Recognize that theological study concerns divine mysteries and demands a never-ending search for greater understanding and comprehension
  7. Pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level and/or to serve the church by teaching the faithful, reaching the lost, and caring for all.
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