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Graduate Theology Programs in Michigan

The graduate theology programs at five Michigan schools are explored in this article. Learn about the admissions requirements, coursework offered, and graduation requirements at each institution.

Michigan schools offer both master's and doctoral degrees in theology. Several schools offer specializations in such areas as New or Old Testament.

School Comparison

These five private Michigan institutions offer graduate tuition ranging from under $14,000 to over $27,000.

Institution Location Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI $26,522
Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI $15,972
Cornerstone University Grand Rapids, MI $13,726
Western Theological Seminary Holland, MI $14,330
Sacred Heart Major Seminary Detroit, MI $27,963

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Michigan Theology Graduate Degree Programs

Andrews University

You can pursue two graduate degrees at Andrews University: a PhD in Religion with a focus in theology or a Doctor of Theology (ThD). Each program requires 64 credits for graduation and typically takes full-time students five years to complete. The curriculum focuses on developing your critical-thinking skills and provides research and publication opportunities. Program admittance requirements include the following:

  • PhD candidates will need a master's degree in divinity or religion, while ThD candidates will need a master's degree in divinity. You will need a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • GRE scores from within the last five years
  • 30- to 40-page research paper

Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary offers two master's degree programs. The Master of Theological Studies degree is a 65-credit program that takes on-campus students two years to complete and three years for online students. You will take courses in areas such as Christian theology, Greek, and apologetics.

You can pursue a Master of Theology if you already have a Master of Theological Studies or Divinity. This 21-credit degree offers you the chance to specialize in an area like pastoral care, Old Testament, or systematic theology. You will need to complete this degree on-campus, which usually takes 1-2 years.

The admissions process involves an online application with a $50 fee. You will supply additional information like four references, two essays, and official transcripts.

Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University awards a Master of Theology with concentrations in the New or Old Testament. It should be noted you are only eligible for this program if you have a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in an appropriate theological field. You will need to earn 30 credits for graduation, which includes a practicum and master's thesis. Other requirements include completing your degree within three years and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

You will need to meet the following criteria for admission to the program:

  • 3.0 GPA in your master's degree program
  • Illustrated proficiency in either Greek for the New Testament concentration or Hebrew for the Old Testament concentration
  • Graded writing sample from your master's coursework that displays your research and writing skills
  • Two recommendation letters and a letter detailing your desire to pursue the degree

Western Theological Seminary

You can earn a Master of Theology at Western Theological Seminary. It is a 10-month, 25-credit program that offers areas of focus in theology, Biblical studies, or Christian ministry. The curriculum includes seminars on topics like intercultural hermeneutics and a master's thesis.

You should have a Master of Divinity or related degree and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 in order to apply to the program. You will need to complete an online application with a $50 fee, submit your transcripts, and display the skills to relate theological study to the cultural and social aspects of ministry.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Sacred Heart Major Seminary has a 40-credit Master of Theology program. Available courses include the Human Person and Grace, Pauline Literature, and Foundations of Christian Moral Life. You will write a master's thesis in your last semester of coursework. You will need to maintain a 2.7 GPA and complete the program within six years.

The application process consists of the following:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Admissions interview
  • GRE scores

You can choose from traditional or online graduate theology degree programs at Michigan institutions. Some of the programs require that you possess a master's degree for admission.


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