ThM & PhD
Greystone offers fully (ATS) accredited ThM and PhD programs through strategic, groundbreaking partnerships. Greystone’s three postgraduate program concentrations are Christian Dogmatics (including ethics and apologetics), Holy Scripture, and Christian Tradition. The ThM program consists of course modules plus either a research thesis project or two additional capstone modules. Language requirements vary by program, but Latin is strongly recommended and ordinarily expected for completion of all programs. (See Greystone Latin with the Davenant Latin Institute.)
Not all candidates for The Greystone Program require an accredited degree. Many students, clergy, and other thoughtful Christians are not planning on further postgraduate work, or intending to apply for an academic post. In situations like these an accredited degree may prove too expensive. We know this, and are delighted to offer a Certificate for those who successfully complete our full Program outside of our accredited degree program partnerships. For the full Greystone Program in its unaccredited and fully independent form, which requires the same rigor and includes the same mentorship but enjoys a lower tuition rate and no modules outside of Greystone, see The Greystone Program Certificate.
The GTI-PRTS Degree Partnership
Greystone Theological Institute (GTI) and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) offer coordinated ThM and PhD programs in which Greystone modules may be counted toward the PRTS ThM or PhD. There are two options available to students in this partnership:
Option 1: Any registered PRTS ThM or PhD student may take up to one-half of their required modules with Greystone. In this case, the ThM or PhD diploma will list PRTS alone.
Option 2: Any registered Greystone student who successfully completes The Greystone Program in its entirety may satisfy the remaining ThM or PhD requirements with PRTS and, upon completion, receive a ThM or PhD diploma with both the PRTS and Greystone institutional seals. Please note: the Greystone diploma seal is restricted to those who have successfully completed The Greystone Program within the PRTS (or another institution’s) ThM or PhD and is not available to those who only take Greystone modules or courses within the PRTS (or another institution’s) ThM or PhD program. The Greystone seal on the ThM or PhD diploma indicates that the student has successfully completed the entirety of The Greystone Program, the rigorous and unique curriculum of modules, readings, and mentorship which is distinctive to Greystone Theological Institute.
The Greystone Program: ThM Partnership
The following program structure describes the fulfillment of The Greystone Program within the overall structure of the GTI-PRTS coordinated ThM. Note that, as indicated above, it is possible to complete the PRTS ThM degree program, including up to five Greystone courses, without completing The Greystone Program. (Greystone is also in discussions with another potential institutional partner with whom Greystone hopes to offer both the ThM and the PhD in all three Greystone concentrations, including a full rather than partial degree program option in Coraopolis, PA as well as the PhD in Christian Dogmatics.)
Please carefully review the PRTS ThM curriculum and requirements found at the PRTS website.
The Greystone Program consists of the following essential features as located within the GTI-PRTS ThM partnership (items in bold pertain to Greystone):
11 Total Modules:
Six (6) Greystone Modules:
1 “Reformed Catholicity” module
3 Concentration modules (Holy Scripture, Christian Tradition, or Christian Dogmatics)
2 Elective modules (from any concentration)
Four (4) or Five (5) PRTS ThM Modules (total depends on the student’s choice of either the classes-only or the thesis track for the PRTS ThM)
Research Methods: Greystone “Tools & Instruments” Module (pass/fail only)
Reading facility in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin are recommended for all concentrations.
Greystone reading proficiency exams in Latin and either biblical Hebrew or biblical Greek are required for graduation in the Christian Tradition and Christian Dogmatics concentrations. In the place of Latin, students may petition for an examination in Syriac, Patristic Greek, German, or French, ordinarily due to a determined and clear course of research in the relevant primary language.
The language proficiency exams may be taken at any time in the program.
Regular Greystone Research Mentorship
Attendance at Monthly Greystone Postgraduate Seminars (on-site attendance recommended; online attendance permitted). Participation is recommended for ThM students and required for PhD students.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 to be maintained throughout the program
One substantial item of research output
One two-hour comprehensive examination in the concentration discipline
Completion of program within six years of matriculation
The Greystone Program: PhD Partnership
The following program structure describes the fulfillment of The Greystone Program within the overall structure of the GTI-PRTS coordinated PhD. Note that, as indicated above, it is possible to complete the PRTS PhD degree program, including up to one-half Greystone courses, without completing The Greystone Program. (Greystone offers the ThM but does not presently offer a PhD partnership program in Christian Dogmatics. Greystone is in discussions with another potential institutional partner with whom Greystone hopes to offer both the ThM and the PhD in all three Greystone concentrations, including a full rather than partial degree program option in Coraopolis, PA as well as the PhD in Christian Dogmatics.)
Please carefully review the PRTS PhD curriculum and requirements found at the PRTS website.
The Greystone Program consists of the following essential features as located within the GTI-PRTS PhD partnership (items in bold pertain to Greystone; underlined items pertain to PRTS):
1. The Research Proposal
The first step for Greystone students toward the PRTS-Greystone PhD is the construction of a well-considered research proposal. This three-page document is prepared by the student under the guidance of Greystone’s Director of Research and Dean of Student Affairs, the Rev. Dr. Bob McKelvey. Upon accepting an offer of admission with Greystone, the student is required to meet, in person or online, with Dr. McKelvey for the purpose of beginning this process. Dr. McKelvey will contact the student to arrange a meeting date and time.
The PhD proposal may be submitted to the Academic Committee at any time but must be submitted no later than six (6) weeks from the date of the student’s accepting the offer of admission to the Program. The Proposal is not a final document but serves as an important resource for determining the student’s level of preparedness for advanced research and ensuring the most effective research mentorship.
Please note: The student is not considered to be fully matriculated until the Research Proposal has been approved by the Academic Committee, and the Institute reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission in the event of an unsubmitted or unsatisfactory Research Proposal.
2. 12 Total Modules, to consist of:
Six (6) Greystone Modules:
1 “Reformed Catholicity” Module
3 Concentration Modules (Holy Scripture or Christian Tradition)
2 Elective Modules (from any concentration)
Six (6) PRTS PhD Modules. These modules are normally taken as intensive modules with PRTS although some Greystone modules (those taught by Greystone Fellows who are also PRTS adjunct professors) also count toward the PRTS course total.
Research Methods: Greystone “Tools & Instruments” Module (pass/fail only)
Reading facility in Hebrew and Greek are required for admission (6 credit hours each).
Latin reading proficiency is required as a prerequisite for many Greystone Christian Tradition modules, and Latin is strongly recommended for all degree concentrations. Christian Tradition PhD students lacking Latin language study at the time of enrollment must pass a Latin proficiency exam by the end of their first full year of study.
Choosing your languages:
Two languages are required for the Christian Tradition concentration. With the exception of Latin, for which the Davenant Latin Institute is recommended, language study is pursued independently with optional Greystone oversight or involvement. Both required languages are assessed through written and/or oral exams by someone appointed by Greystone for this purpose.
Latin is required for the Christian Tradition PhD degree concentration.
For Christian Tradition PhD students, the second required language must be chosen from the following options: Patristic Greek, Syriac, German, or French. Either Patristic Greek or Syriac (or both) is ordinarily strongly recommended for the Early Christian sub-concentration.
While only two languages are required (in addition to Hebrew and Greek), it is strongly recommended that all Christian Tradition PhD students commit to acquiring strong reading proficiency in most or all of these languages.
If the student’s research involves the substantial use of another language, petition may be made to the Academic Committee for an examination in that language.
Excepting the Latin exam, which must be completed by the end of the first year of study, the language proficiency exams may be taken at any time in the program.
4. Regular Greystone Research Mentorship
5. Participation in the monthly Greystone Postgraduate Seminars (on-site attendance recommended; online attendance permitted)
6. Minimum GPA of 3.5 to be maintained throughout the course of study
7. One substantial item of research output (dissertation or thesis), the details of which are worked out jointly with PRTS and GTI
8. One comprehensive oral examination in the concentration discipline (including sub-concentration, as applicable)
9. Completion of program within six years of matriculation
See the schedule for upcoming course modules.
The Greystone ThM & PhD in partnership with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Greystone Theological Institute (“GTI”) have inaugurated a strategic partnership for the establishment of a collaborative Master (ThM) and Doctoral (PhD) Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies our vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church. Students of GTI can continue and complete their studies at PRTS with an accredited ThM and / or PhD degree. Students of PRTS can take courses at GTI in support of their studies at PRTS.
GTI was founded in 2015 as an innovative and collaborative effort in top tier theological education in the mode of confessional Reformed catholicity with the purpose of advanced study, training in scholarship, ministerial refreshment, fellowship in theology, and collaboration in fresh work in Scripture, theology and ethics. The Institute, based in western Pennsylvania, organizes academic programs and theological fellowship in Learning Communities in Coraopolis and Grove City, PA; Oxford and London, England; and Cardiff, Wales; and online everywhere through Greystone Connect.
Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is an accredited educational institution for granting the MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.
In addition to the Greystone course of modules and mentored research, successful students enter the PRTS degree program to complete their studies. The degree is granted by PRTS and, for students who have completed the GTI program, GTI is included on the PRTS diploma. Prospective students should note that while GI provides unusually extensive support, mentorship, and resources, the GTI program is rigorous. Students typically report that GTI modules and standards are more rigorous than comparable programs in which they have participated. Therefore, to ensure success in the Greystone-PRTS program, students should carefully review all GTI requirements and all the relevant PRTS program and admissions information (ThM and PhD).
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