Degrees at a Glance

SMU Perkins offers many master’s degrees to serve your ministry goals. Listed below are the six of the possible master's degree options at SMU Perkins School of Theology.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Purpose: To prepare for ordination to Word, sacrament, order and service
Length: 73 hours (3 years)
Location: Dallas and Houston-Galveston (hybrid)
Internship: Yes
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Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.)

Purpose: To prepare for leadership in community and church ministry
Length: 37 hours (1.5 years)
Location: Dallas and Houston-Galveston (hybrid)
Internship: Yes
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Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Purpose: To provide basic understanding of the theological disciplines as a foundation for further graduate study, for enhancement of lay leadership roles or for personal enrichment
Length: 48 hours (2 years)
Location: Dallas
Internship: No. Thesis required.
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Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.)

Purpose: To prepare for professional church music leadership
Length: 48 hours (2 years)
Location: Dallas
Internship: Supervised practicum
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Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Purpose: To enhance a student’s ministry through advanced study, examining a specific interest in Christianity or preparing for doctoral studies.
Length: 24 hours (1 year)
Location: Dallas
Internship: No. Thesis or portfolio required.
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