Master Of Theology (Th.M.) Church History Residential Degree Program At Liberty University
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Jan 13, 2020
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Prepare for the Future by Studying the Past with a Th.M. in Church History

Have you completed your Master of Divinity and are unsure about where to take your education next? A Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History will prepare you for careers in church and parachurch ministries by building on your foundation in the historical development of Christian theology, classical reformation, and global and American Christianity.

You will work on understanding the lessons learned in the development of the modern church and how to build upon those. Our degree will help you lead your ministry into the future!

Liberty University’s Master of Theology – Church History is a postgraduate program designed for students who have previously completed a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree. This degree will advance your knowledge of the early leaders of the Christian faith, and how they grew the church from its humble beginnings to the global network and religion it is today.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History Degree?

If you are eventually planning to pursue your doctoral-level education then the Th.M. – Church History thesis track is an excellent opportunity for you. It is specifically designed for those students like you who plan to pursue a doctorate. You’ll fluidly transition from your earlier M.Div. studies to prepare for the challenge of church leadership. Plus, the thesis requirement will be excellent preparation for your doctoral dissertation.

Furthering your education at Liberty University will allow you to gain access to the vast resources which are provided on-campus at Liberty University—one of the largest Christian Universities in the nation. In addition to the Jerry Falwell Library, you will also have access to the Scriptorium and other resources of biblical knowledge and scholarly work. Between your professors and fellow students, you will cultivate a strong community of like-minded individuals who have similar callings and goals while obtaining your Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History

You will continue your theological studies and learn about contemporary and modern Christian thought. The church history specialization will first lead you through an exploration of the early church fathers and Greek apologists. The following divisions in the church and doctrinal construction will also be studied through the Middle Ages, the Reformation Period, and the Modern Era.

Learning about the key church figures and the movements that contributed to the spread of Christianity into the New World will be an integral part of your studies. You’ll explore the history, major personalities, background, and beliefs of Evangelicalism, as well as its rise in America from the 20th Century through the current day. Studying Evangelicalism from its beginnings to the modern day will allow you to better understand the present state of Christianity in the nation.

Featured Courses

CHHI 610 – Historical Development of Christian Theology

CHHI 620 – History of Global Christianity

CHHI 670 – History of Evangelism

CHHI 660 – American Christianity


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Highlights of Our Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History Degree

  • Monday-only classes for masters’ programs allow students to complete large portions of their postgraduate degree by only attending class one day a week.
  • We have a state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity building.
  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • Local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and para-church ministries.

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Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Theology (Th.M.) – Church History Graduates

  • Bible Instructor
  • Church Administrator
  • Missionary
  • Professor
  • Teaching Pastor

Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission: