The postgraduate studies program leading to the S.T.M. degree is designed to afford seminary graduates (or their equivalent) an opportunity to engage in additional study and advanced research. The specialization in Theology of Environmental Science provides an opportunity for postgraduate students to research the intersection of theology, the environmental sciences, and the missio dei.
To apply for entrance into the Project/Portfolio Option or the Thesis Option, an applicant must hold the M.Div. degree or its equivalent. Entrance into the Project/Portfolio Option requires a 2.90 grade point average (on a 4 point scale), and entrance into the Thesis Option, requires a 3.10 grade point average.
Two experiential learning options are offered in this program of study -- the Project/Portfolio Option and the Thesis Option. Both of these options build on the foundation acquired in the M.Div. (or equivalent) program. They have been designed to:
Those enrolled in the Thesis Option are required to prepare and defend a thesis. This task teaches students the importance and necessity of careful research and independent thought by using skills and training as a theological researcher. The Thesis Option is particularly recommended for those who wish to teach in a related area and those who plan to continue advanced studies in a doctoral program.