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Sacred Theology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
, IL,
The Master of Sacred Theology is a one-year program of advanced study beyond the Master of Divinity (or its equivalent.). It’s designed for students who wish to study a theological topic with an advanced focus. Emphasis is placed on cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to biblical, ethical, and theological studies. 



  • STM graduates will have acquired advanced knowledge of and capacity to interpret and communicate a specific aspect of one or more theological/ethical and religious traditions.
  • STM graduates will be able to think critically about theological/ethical and religious traditions.
  • STM graduates will be able to complete graduate level academic research in religious studies.


  • Students will apply advanced knowledge of religious traditions appropriately in scholarly research.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to construct and develop a substantial and sophisticated scholarly argument in religious studies.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to think and write critically about religious traditions.

Programme Structure

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants to the STM Program must have earned a Master of Divinity Degree (or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background) and demonstrate aptitude for advanced theological study. The STM application process includes:

  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended.
  • Four letters of reference – at least two must be academic, one may come from a pastor or other ministry professional, and one may come from a supervisor or friend.
  • An autobiographical statement.
  • A current resume.
  • A two page statement of proposed focus of study.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of applicants for whom English is not a first language. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2646 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2646 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2646 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2646 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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