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member school Degree Programs

Together, the BTI Consortium Member Schools offer over 40 degree programs with a diverse range of focuses and tracks. While BTI Consortium students already enrolled at member schools cannot receive degrees from other BTI Consortium schools, this list is meant to give insight to different specializations and types of courses you might find at member schools. The BTI Consortium is not on this list because we are not a degree granting institution. We do offer a Religion and Conflict Transformation (RCT) Certificate, and an International Mission and Ecumenism (IME) Certificate. However, the certificates are supplemental programs to the degree programs offered at BTI Consortium Member schools. 

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry Ten theological books on three shelves. Varying titles.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
Rigorous and intensive, the three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive professional degree program that combines a broad study of theology with supervised ministry and spiritual formation.

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.)
With its focus on intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual formation, the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.) program is particularly well suited to lay students who plan to pursue ecclesial ministries in parish, college campus, high school, health care, or social service settings.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
The degree of choice for many students who plan to go on to doctoral studies in religion or theology or teach theology in high school, the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program exposes you to the various disciplines of theology.

Master of Theology (Th.M)
The Master of Theology is an advanced degree supplementing work completed in the Master of Divinity program. The Th.M. gives graduates a chance to return to studies and look into specific issues more deeply or to continue developing certain ministerial competencies.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Education (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. in theology and education is intended to prepare future leaders and scholars in the integrative field of religious education.

Doctor in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
The purpose of the S.T.D. program is to create scholars who combine broad knowledge of a certain area, a critical knowledge of theological methodology, and an ability to contribute original research in a chosen field of study. Most students who complete the S.T.D. go on to teach in university faculties, seminaries, and theological centers.

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)
The S.T.L. enables students to build upon previous work and focus more on a particular subject or field within a Catholic context. An advanced degree, it provides students with two full years of work above and beyond the S.T.B. or M.Div. Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)

The Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
The S.T.B. is a first level, three-year ecclesiastical degree granted in the name of the Holy See through the Ecclesiastical Faculty of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM), by virtue of its status as an ecclesiastical faculty accredited by the Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education.

Boston College Theology Department

Joint Master of Arts in Philosophy and Theology (M.A.)
If you have questions and interests that lead you into both philosophy and theology, or would like to deepen your understanding of each field by opening it to the other, you might consider pursuing a M.A. in Philosophy and Theology at Boston College.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.)
The doctoral program in theology has as its goal the formation of theologians who intellectually excel in the church, the academy, and society. It is confessional in nature, and envisions theology as "faith seeking understanding."

Boston University School of Theology Top of Marsh chapel towers against a blue sky with a few puffy clouds.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
If you feel called to serve a local church or seek ordination within your denomination, our MDiv is the right degree program for you. Even if ordination is not your calling, do not count out the MDiv as an option – it can serve as a platform from which to jump into many different journeys. As a professional degree, the MDiv offers a wide-ranging curriculum that touches on every aspect of religious service. Receiving an MDiv prior to seeking a doctoral degree can prepare an academic for a professorship in a seminary or denominationally based college or university.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
We have nearly as many MTS students as MDiv students at the School of Theology, creating a lively classroom exchange to the benefit of both sets of students. The MTS program attracts those for whom the academic study of theology is itself a fulfilling and perhaps even spiritual exercise. An MTS student might be preparing for doctoral studies and an academic vocation, for service to the church as a deacon, or for work in a nonprofit setting.

Master of Sacred Music (MSM)
BU School of Theology values and celebrates the role the arts play in theological education, particularly the transformative and redemptive power of music. The MSM degree program, offered jointly with the University’s School of Music, is at the forefront of professional training in the field. The program has two concentrations: organ and choral conducting.

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
The STM is a completely customizable, eight·course degree program that allows those with previous graduate theological study to focus on one academic discipline full-time for one year.

Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership (DMin)
The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) in Transformational Leadership is a professional doctoral degree meant to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and to refine its practice. The focus of the Boston University DMin is Transformational Leadership, and persons admitted into the degree program may develop a specialization within this track based on their particular interests.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (PhD)
The PhD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and competence in teaching and research and to contribute to scholarship in a specialized area of theological studies. The PhD is a research doctorate, and requires students to give evidence of the highest standards of scholarship at every stage of the degree program.

Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Music (MDiv/MSM)
The Dual Degree Program in Theology and Music Ministry (MDiv/MSM) is designed for those preparing to be church musicians who wish to engage in a full range of theological studies and preparation for ordination. The program also allows students to develop their musical gifts to a professional level. It is based on a perception that the integrity of worship comprises both word and music.

Theology and Social Work Dual Degrees
(MDiv/MSW, MTS/MSW) This is theology on the front lines. The School of Theology and School of Social Work offer two joint degree programs: the MDiv/Master of Social Work (MSW) and the MTS/MSW for students seeking to mix theological study with professional social work practice. Students choose between clinical or macro practice options. There is room for students with a long-standing interest in the urban environment and for those new to the field who wish to explore the dynamic realm of urban social work practice.

Boston University Graduate Program in Religion

Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies
The PhD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and competence in teaching and research and to contribute to scholarship in a specialized area of religious studies. The PhD is a research doctorate, and requires students to give evidence of the highest standards of scholarship at every stage of the degree program. When applying for admission to the program, graduate students will choose an area of specialization within one of six specializations: Buddhist Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religions in American Culture, Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World, or Religion in Philosophy, Politics, and Society.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Blue and White Gordon Conwell entrance sign. Background of fall foliage.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
Our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity prepares nearly 40% of our students to serve in ministry around the world. Through a wide array of courses, this comprehensive degree will give you the skills and foundation that you need for effective ministry in a variety of settings.

Master of Arts (M.A.) -- Academic
The Academic Master of Arts degrees are intended for students who desire knowledge in a particular field and are not planning to enter into pastoral ministry. Typically, individuals enrolled in these programs plan to pursue university doctoral studies, or to serve as teachers or Christian leaders in other professions.

Master of Arts (M.A.) -- Professional
The Professional Master of Arts degrees are intended for individuals who desire to prepare themselves for professional ministry in church or para-church contexts.

Master of Theology (Th.M.)
The Master of Theology—a one-year capstone degree designed for students who have completed a Master of Divinity—provides advanced, specialized preparation for Christian ministry or doctoral work.

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Counseling Dual Degree
Prepare for various careers in professional counseling and/or pastoral ministry through the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling dual degree.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in History and Hermeneutics with a Concentration in Mission Studies
Combine the best of Gordon-Conwell, one of the largest evangelical seminaries in the world, and Boston University, the largest private research university in New England, through this joint Doctor of Theology in Missiology. Draw from both schools' faculty, libraries, specialized centers and research facilities.

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Hartford International

Cooperative Master of Divinity
In intimate classroom settings Cooperative Master of Divinity Students build life-long relationships with colleagues in such fields as Islamic Chaplaincy, Abrahamic Partnerships, International Peacemaking and more. Before moving on to complete degrees at Yale Divinity School, Boston University School of Theology, Drew Theological School or Chicago Theological Seminary’s online program, Cooperative M.Div students take full advantage of Hartford’s one-of-a-kind setting where students from all over the world study, pray, and prepare for public ministry together.

Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.)
The Doctor of Ministry degree program at Hartford Seminary stresses the reflective practice of ministry, that is, ministry grounded in a practical theology that grows out of an understanding of the social context in which it occurs. The program seeks to provide opportunities for broadened perspectives on ministry that come through the shared wisdom of diverse colleagues and faculty and study in a variety of disciplines.

Islamic Chaplaincy 

The Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary is a 72-credit program that combines academic study and practical training. It has two components: The 48-credit M.A. in Religious Studies degree with a focused area of study in Islamic Studies and Christian/Muslim Relations. And the 24-credit Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy consisting of 18 credits in Islamic “Practices of Ministry” and related courses and 6 credits of field education/practical application and training.

Master of Arts in Religious Studies 
The Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree program at Hartford Seminary provides an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to deepen and broaden their faith understandings, to reflect on the challenge of diversity in a dialogical setting, and to meaningfully relate religious theory and spiritual practice to the context in which faith communities exist in daily life, community, and the world at large.

Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Spirituality
The Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality is a pioneering program designed for those engaged in leadership roles, serving in the public or private sector, or for those who want to deepen their understanding of how to live faithfully, and with integrity, in today’s multifaith and pluralistic world. Students learn to integrate the theory and practice of leadership and spirituality in ways meaningful to everyday life. “Transformative” refers to a transformation of consciousness that is reflected in outward action, and the curriculum supports that outcome.

Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations 
The Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, the first of its kind in the nation, embodies Harford Seminary’s commitment to the study of Islam and Christianity and the complex relationship between the two religions throughout history and in the modern world. This Ph.D. program continues the Seminary’s long legacy of educating and training experts in Christian-Muslim relations. It provides advanced study in the knowledge and practical application of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations and trains scholars who will be experts in this area. 

Harvard Divinity SchoolHarvard Andover Hall. Harvard Divinity School sign on red background. Green trees.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
The master of theological studies (MTS) program is a two-year full-time degree that enables students to explore deeply and broadly the languages, literatures, thought, institutions, practices, normative claims, and structures of a variety of theological fields and religious traditions. It also enables students to think critically, with sophistication and self-awareness, about the scholarly study of these concepts and traditions.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
This three-year full-time interfaith degree program is for those preparing for ordained or lay ministry and leadership in congregations and other religious communities, ministries in social service, hospital and prison chaplaincy, interfaith ministry on college campuses, and teaching and scholarship. Students in the MDiv program learn to work at the intersections of the academic study of religion and the practices of religious communities, the past and the present, classroom study and field study, and the convictions and practices of their own religious tradition and the convictions and practices of traditions other than their own.

Master of Theology (ThM)
The ThM program affords an opportunity for students who have received the master of divinity degree or its equivalent (three years of graduate theological study) to pursue advanced theological studies for one year. The program is especially recommended for students who seek to gain additional competence for the ministry beyond that provided by the master of divinity degree.

Masters of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) 
The Master of Religion and Public Life degree (MRPL) is a one-year graduate degree program designed for experienced professionals in primarily (but not exclusively) “secular” arenas whose work is focused on having a positive social impact and who are inspired by a vision of just peace. The degree provides an opportunity for journalists, government officials, humanitarian aid workers, educators, artists, health care professionals, businesspeople, lawyers, and other practitioners to develop in-depth knowledge of the complex ways religion influences public life relevant to their arenas in ways that will advance their own vocational aims.

Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Ph.D)
The PhD program in the study of religion dates from 1934, when the Faculty of Arts and Sciences established a degree of PhD in the history and philosophy of religion. Its purpose, as stated by the faculty, was “to make possible a course of studies which shall enable the candidate both to lay a broad and sufficient foundation for teaching and study within the field of religion, and to do individual research at some point in that field.”

Hebrew College Two female rabbinical students wearing traditional prayer garments.

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)
The MAJS degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research. Students who earn this degree use it to enrich their personal knowledge of Judaism at an advanced level, advance professionally in Jewish communal organizations, build a foundation for rabbinic or cantorial study or prepare for a career in Jewish academic scholarship.

Master of Jewish Education (MJEd)
Building on Hebrew College’s long-standing tradition of training outstanding Jewish educators, the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines best educational practices, a solid grounding in Jewish texts, supervised field experience and opportunities to specialize in an area of concentration.

Dual Master of Jewish Education and Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MJEd and MAJS)
The dual Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) and Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) is a 45-credit program which affords students the opportunity to acquire comprehensive Judaic knowledge together with educational theory and pedagogic application.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (Ph.D)
The PhD in Educational Studies with specialization in Jewish educational leadership, a combined program of Lesley University and Hebrew College, is designed for Jewish educators and professionals seeking to take on greater leadership responsibility in Jewish educational institutions and communal organizations.

Rabbinical School
The Hebrew College Rabbinical School prepares students to teach and lead communiites in a pluralistic Jewish setting. 

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Orthodox church with golden dome and rust colored trim. Green trees. Cobblestone walkway.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
The M.Div. program is designed primarily for students who are preparing for ordination (i.e., seminarians) in the Orthodox Church. This program offers a strong foundation in both theological disciplines and practical ministry through directed formation opportunities and supervised field education. Applicants not seeking ordination (i.e., non-seminarians) but interested in acquiring a professional degree in pastoral ministry are also welcomed.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
The M.T.S. program is designed to offer a general introduction to Greek Orthodox theology through the introductory graduate level study of church history, dogmatics, ethics, scripture, patristics and canon law. It is a first degree in theology and differs from the Master of Theology (Th.M.) in that the latter normally requires three years of previous graduate theological education prior to admission.

Master of Theology (Th.M)
The Th.M. program is particularly designed for persons who desire to enhance a scholarly dimension in their priestly or ministerial vocations. It is especially appropriate for those preparing to teach, those interested in furthering their theological knowledge and spiritual life, or those intending to pursue doctoral work.

Saint John's Seminary White statue of St. John. One side of a Rustic stone church.

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
The Master of Divinity Program is a coherent, comprehensive program, which Pope Benedict XVI’s 2005 Apostolic Visitation positively reviewed. In the past ten years, 60% of those entering the Master of Divinity degree program at Saint John’s Seminary completed the degree.

Master of Arts (M.A.T.)
The Master of Arts (Theology) program is designed for qualified students to pursue in depth a specific aspect of their theological studies. Candidates for this program must have completed the first four semesters of the Master of Divinity program (or its equivalent) and have maintained at least a B average.

Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM)
The Master of Arts in Ministry completed its fifteenth year in May 2015 and has graduated over 162 men and women. Enrollment in the program has remained steady – between 75 and 100 degree students per year – over the past several years with many additional non-degree students taking courses for credit or auditing.

Master of Theological Studies in the New Evangelization (M.T.S.)
The M.T.S. for the New Evangelization, which only began in 2011, has an enrollment of 30 students. Six students have successfully graduated from the M.T.S. program since its inception.