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Master of Theology (Th.M.) Duke University




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The Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree is designed for graduates of accredited theological schools who desire to continue or resume their theological education to enhance their professional competence in specific areas of study.

Through this degree program, students can pursue advanced training—with opportunities to take doctoral seminars and engage closely with professors on a written thesis—to enhance their ministry or prepare for a doctoral program.

Students in the Th.M. program are able to take advantage of all the resources and support that Duke Divinity School offers, including a library with more than 400,000 volumes in the fields of religion and related disciplines (and access to the Duke University library system with more than 6.2 million volumes), the Center for Theological Writing’s tutoring services, and an engaging array of lectures, workshops, and discussions with leaders in Christian theology and ministry.

Though Duke University, students also have access to outstanding recreation facilities, a thriving arts community, a large network of campus organizations, and tickets to exciting collegiate athletic events.


The curriculum for the Th.M. consists of eight elective courses (800 or 900 level) taken over two semesters. During the final semester, students often work directly with a faculty advisor towards completion of a substantial written thesis.

At least four of the eight courses must be taken in one of the basic theological disciplines and will be designated as the student's major. These disciplines are: Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Theological Studies, and Ministerial Studies.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Theology program is normally completed in two semesters. Requirements for graduation are:

  • Eight advanced course units
  • An average grade of B or higher
  • Comprehensive exam or thesis: Each student is required to demonstrate superior performance on a comprehensive examination covering the major area of study. In lieu of the exam, a student may choose to write a thesis in one major area. This thesis research project is counted as one of the eight course credits required.

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Full Time (Over two semesters)

Tuition fees

$29,020.00 (20,55,559) per year


26 Aug


Duke Divinity School

Duke University,

407 Chapel Drive,


North Carolina,

27708, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree; ATS accredited M.Div. or equivalent.

Other English Language Requirements: 577 for paper-based TOEFL.

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