Master of Divinity

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Program Description

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum includes 89 hours of study. Students who have prerequisite training in Greek and Hebrew may receive advanced standing for up to 12 hours by successfully demonstrating competency. The M.Div. coursework equips the student with tools for graduate study and includes advanced studies in the Bible, studies in theology and church history, and training in practical ministry skills. Students generally focus ministry courses in one of three areas: congregational ministry, family life ministry, or youth ministry. There is also a general ministry (non-track) option. The capstone event in the M.Div. degree program is a comprehensive examination in which the student demonstrates his or her ability to integrate graduate level biblical studies and ministry skills.

Curriculum Overview

•  Foundations (15 hours)

•  Biblical Studies (24 hours)

•  History-Theology Studies (21 hours)

•  Ministry Studies (28 hours)

•  Comprehensive Examination (1 hour)

Degree Requirements

The courses offered in the M.Div. curriculum are of three types: required core courses, required track courses, and elective courses.

I. FOUNDATIONS (15 hours)

BIBL 5013 Introduction to Graduate Biblical Studies
GREK 5103* Elementary Greek I
GREK 5113* Elementary Greek II
GREK 5123** Intermediate Greek
GREK 5203** Selected Greek NT Readings
GREK 5213** Selected Greek Readings/Gospels
HBRW 5113* Elementary Hebrew I
HBRW 5123* Elementary Hebrew II
HBRW 5213** Intermediate Hebrew

* Required course for students lacking the prerequisite competency in biblical languages.

** Denotes a course that may also count toward biblical elective hours.

II. BIBLICAL STUDIES (24 hours)

Core Courses required of all students (15 hours):

BIBL 5113 Introduction to OT
BIBL 5213 Introduction to NT
BIBL 5603   Introduction to OT Theology
BIBL 5613 Introduction to NT Theology
BIBL 5623   Advanced Biblical Exegesis

Biblical Studies Electives (9 hours):

BIBL 5223 Seminar in the Gospels
BIBL 5243 Seminar in the Pauline Epistles
BIBL 5253 Seminar in Selected New Testament Passages
BIBL 5313 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
BIBL 5363 Seminar in Selected Old Testament Passages

(Note: Biblical language courses beyond the first year may count toward elective hours in biblical studies.)

III. HISTORY-THEOLOGY (21 hours)

Core Courses required of all students (15 hours):

CHST 5003 Historical Theology I
CHST 5013 Historical Theology II
THEO 5003 Contemporary Theology
THEO 5153 Philosophical Theolog
THEO 5853 Theology for Ministry

Electives (6 hours):

CHST 5023 Restoration History
THEO 5013 Ethics
THEO 5023 Systematic Theology
THEO 5143 Coping with Non-Christian Religions

 

IV. MINISTRY STUDIES (28 hours)

Core Courses required of all students (16 hours):

GMIN 5013* Spiritual Formation
GMIN 5523* Biblical & Contemporary Evangelism
GMIN 5533* Preaching and Communicating Scripture
GMIN 5833* Managing Conflict, Transition, and Change
GMIN 5911* Ministry Colloquy
GMIN 5913* Field Education

Electives (12 hours):

GMIN 5023 Congregational Leadership
GMIN 5033 Small Group Ministries
GMIN 5043 Adult Learning
FMIN 5403 Teachings in Family Relations
FMIN 5503 Marriage & Family Dynamics
FMIN 5543 Marriage & Family Therapy

(Note: available electives also include the track specific courses listed below, i.e. students may choose electives from track courses outside their declared track)

Congregational Ministry Track (12 hours)

GMIN 5003* Ministry in Cities and Small Towns
GMIN 5513* Congregational Development and Administration
GMIN 5743* Counseling for Ministers

Three additional hours are to be chosen from coursework in any track or the ministry electives. Course prerequisites, if any, must be met for all courses selected.

*Required course for all students in the track.

Family Life Ministry Track (12 hours)

FMIN 5103* Family Life Ministry
FMIN 5113* Theology of Family Life Ministry
FMIN 5303* Applications of Family Life Ministry

Three additional hours are to be chosen from coursework in any track or the ministry electives. Course prerequisites, if any, must be met for all courses selected.

*Required course for all students in the track.

Youth Ministry Track (12 hours)

YTMN 5103* Adolescent Culture
YTMN 5163* Adolescent Physical & Spiritual Development
YTMN 5203* Teaching Adolescents

Three additional hours are to be chosen from coursework in any track or the ministry electives. Course prerequisites, if any, must be met for all courses selected.

*Required course for all students in the track.

Non-track Option: Specialized Ministry

Select 12 hours from any track or from the ministry electives. Course prerequisites, if any, must be met for all courses selected.

VI. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (1 hour)

COMP 5901         M.Div. Comprehensive Examination

The capstone event for the Master of Divinity candidate is a comprehensive examination in the student's final semester. In the comprehensive examination, the student demonstrates the ability to integrate graduate level studies and ministry skills. The comprehensive exam includes a written response to a case study, an oral presentation related to the case study, and an oral defense before an examining committee.

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