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Master of Divinity

Three-year program: 90 credits
Twenty-six Core courses: 78 credits
Four Elective courses: 12 credits
All M.Div. courses are 3 credit hours

Classroom

Purpose

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three year professional degree program designed to train men and women preparing to serve Christ in pastoral and other Christian ministries. The Master of Divinity degree is designed to meet the needs of pastors or other full-time Christian workers, especially those who wish to improve their ability to study, understand, and proclaim the Word of God. It covers a traditional seminary curriculum including Biblical, Exegetical, Systematic, Historical, and Practical Theology. Students can choose from one of the following two emphases to focus their studies: Biblical Counseling or Biblical Studies.

The Biblical Counseling emphasis offers rigorous and specialized training to prepare men and women for the ministry of biblical counseling. This emphasis is designed for pastors and other church leaders who seek to do a significant amount of counseling ministry. The Biblical Studies focus is on the study of scripture and theology. In this course of study, students engage in intensive biblical language study and explore theology, philosophy, and history in depth.

Upon the completion of this program, graduates may work in marriage and family ministry, pastorate, missions, campus/collegiate ministries, biblical and theological studies, evangelism, doctoral studies, or teaching in a university or seminary.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • verbalize a general knowledge of the Bible, including a systematic understanding of the major books.
  • evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues.
  • demonstrate ability to do exegesis in the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible.
  • evidence an understanding of the educational program of the local church and an awareness of the worldwide mission of the church.
  • lead a local church or other group by means of biblical exposition, leadership skills, evangelism, and service.