Master of Sacred Theology

Advanced Degree Program

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Find your scholarly voice and prepare for further academic study.

For students who wish to advance their studies beyond the Master of Divinity (MDIV), the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) is a graduate professional degree that allows students to focus on advanced competency in a particular concentration. This 24-credit program is designed to enable parish clergy and others to use a combination of continuing theological education time and retreat or vacation time in an experience that affords opportunity for study, daily worship, and reflection as well as intense academic engagement.

Taught by Nashotah House faculty members and internationally known visiting scholars, the STM program challenges students to undertake serious study of a kind not generally available to the clergy—academically rigorous, focused within the unique tradition of Anglicanism, and grounded in the daily worship of the Church. This program is ideal for those seeking deeper academic preparation prior to pursuing a PhD program.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Sacred Theology degree program will normally hold an MDiv or equivalent theological degree from a theological seminary accredited by the ATS with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). For applicants lacking the MDiv prerequisite, prior seminary-level study with at minimum 60 credits including the following:

  • 15 credits of biblical studies
  • 12 credits of church history and/or historical theology
  • 12 credits of systematic theology and/or moral theology
  • 21 additional credits in graduate theological studies (biblical, theological, ascetical, pastoral, etc)

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The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) is an advanced academic degree that allows students to intensely focus on a particular concentration in biblical, historical, theological, or liturgical studies.

  • One-year program of advanced study after MDiv or equivalent degree
  • Develop ability to construct a sophisticated and substantial argument
  • Sharpen critical thinking skills and capacity for scholarly research
  • Write a thesis potentially suitable for publication
  • Prepare academically for a Ph.D. program

Degree Plan

Master of Sacred Theology

24 Credits

18 Credits - 700 or 800 Level
Interdisciplinary Electives
3 Credits
STM Thesis Research
3 Credits
STM Thesis Writing
STM Thesis
Oral Presentation
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“The program has been a wonderful opportunity to make connections and build relationships with other students around the Anglican world and beyond.”

Fr. Wesley Walker

Current student, STM ‘22