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Master of Theology (ThM)

Whether preparing for doctoral studies or simply pursuing a deeper understanding of God, His Word, and His world, continue your theological education in an intensive, seminar-based setting under the mentorship of experienced faculty-scholars. 

Designed for those who have completed an MDiv degree, Cairn’s Master of Theology allows you to gain the advanced knowledge and theological study skills needed to better serve the church or its educational institutions.

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Why Master of Theology?

Designed for students wishing to deepen their understanding of theology, an Master of Theology prepares you for your professional and ministry goals. No matter where your degree will take you, you will receive a broadly applicable foundational education in the inerrant Word of God and the doctrines and theology of the Church. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will:

  • Engage in post-graduate level research and writing in the area of biblical and theological studies.
  • Make a contribution to the literature in a particular field – Old Testament; New Testament; Systematic Theology; Historical Theology.


To enter the program, the candidate will:


To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully complete the Capstone Project.

For more information about the Master of Theology degree programemail [email protected].

Master of Theology (ThM) at Cairn

Campus Community

Small-group seminars provide structure and accountability of a formal learning community.

Hands-On Education

Develop, present, and defend papers in doctoral-style seminars covering a wide scope of topics.

Academic Opportunity

Specialized courses in the Old Testament, New Testament, and theological topics allow you to grasp a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Experienced Faculty

Receive one-on-one faculty support for research and scholarship.

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Required Credits: 24

Curriculum Highlights:

    • THE 831 – Advanced Theology Seminar 1
    • THE 832 – Advanced Theology Seminar 2
    • THE 891 – Thesis 1
    • THE 892 – Thesis 2
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Meet Our Faculty

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Keith Plummer

Dean; Professor of Theology, School of Divinity

Dr. Keith Plummer teaches a variety of courses including Apologetics, Introduction to Christian Theology, and Technology & Christian Discipleship. His love of apologetics resulted from the role it played (particularly through the works of Francis Schaeffer) in helping him through a period of intense doubt in his early Christian life.

Before teaching at Cairn, Dr. Plummer served as associate pastor at Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church in Wheeling, IL for 18 years where his primary responsibilities were adult education and pastoral counseling. For ten of those years, he served as a volunteer police chaplain.

He and his wife have two adult children who are Cairn alumni.

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Jared Bryant

Associate Dean; Professor; Director of Degree Completion, School of Divinity

Professor Jared Bryant teaches theology and New Testament studies. He is also the associate dean of the School of Divinity and the director of the Degree Completion program—Cairn’s non-traditional, transfer student program.

Dr. Bryant has a particular interest in the history and theology of the fourth-century church. He has dedicated most of his research to the Trinitarian theology of Gregory of Nazianzus. He also holds active membership in the Evangelical Theological Society, the Friends of Mount Athos, and the North American Patristics Society.

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