Masters Courses

bowlin teachingThe Department of Theology offers a wide range of Masters-level courses in Doctrinal Theology, Christian Ethics, Philosophy, Theology and Culture, and Theology and Science. These include subjects as varied as the Doctrine of Election, Reformed Spirituality, Missional Theology, Theology and Neuroscience, Critical Race Theory, Sacraments and Sacramental Rites, Issues in Medical Ethics, War and Christian Conscience, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of the Arts.


Students registered for the MDiv degree are required to take twelve credits in Theology. These must include TH2100, a 3 credit foundational course covering the major Christian doctrines, emphasizing their biblical basis, evangelical focus and Trinitarian scope. The course is taught by different Faculty members in different years, and must be studied in the first or second semester of the junior year. Successful graduation requires a further two courses in theology, including one that focuses on a major theologian or church doctrine, and a minimum of 3 credits in Philosophy or Christian Ethics.

Independent Studies

MDiv students who wish to spend time in the intensive study of a specific topic may replace a course with a credit bearing independent study, or a thesis completed in the senior year. Proposals for such a study must be made in the first instance to a Faculty member whose interests and expertise are especially relevant to its supervision. Independent studies and theses may not duplicate courses already offered in the catalogue, and cannot replace a required course. Students are limited to one independent study per semester, and a maximum of four in their degree.  Faculty members may not supervise more than two independent studies in any one semester.

Princeton University Courses  

Inter-institutional agreements make it possible for students to take a limited number of courses at Princeton University as part of their MDiv degree. Such courses -- often selected from those offered by the University's Department of Religion -- must be appropriate to the character and level of the student's program, and are chosen in consultation with the Office of the Registrar.