Purpose and Outcomes
The principle objective of the Master of Divinity degree is to build on an existing undergraduate biblical and ministerial foundation to prepare students for positions of ministerial leadership, particularly in the broad stream of evangelical ministry. Graduates from the Master of Divinity program must 1) demonstrate graduate-level knowledge in biblical, theological, and practical fields of study, 2) demonstrate character traits necessary for effective ministry, and 3) demonstrate skill in the praxis of ministry.
Academic preparation, exemplary personal character, and the practice of ministry must be integrated in order to produce knowledgeable and skilled ministers. To this end, the School of Ministry is equally committed to providing:
- rigorous, high-quality academic preparation for ministry that strengthens the connection between fields of theological study;
- personal, purposeful spiritual formation and character development; and
- the opportunity for on-going, intentional practical application of academic knowledge in the praxis of ministry
Students move through this degree as a cohort. Courses are therefore scheduled two days per week in morning and afternoon blocks comprised of two courses each, in order to emphasize the integrated nature of biblical, theological, and ministerial studies. Students are encouraged to register each semester for both the morning and afternoon blocks of classes in order to gain the most benefit from the integrated nature of the degree. Students may, however, register for only one block of classes per semester (morning or afternoon block). Students wishing to enroll in less than one block per semester (for instance a single course) may do so, but they should be advised that they will likely encounter scheduling challenges.
The degree is also designed to emphasize the integrated nature of academic study and practical ministry. To this end, when enrolled in a full semester (Fall or Spring), students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the appropriate apprenticeship course as well. The practical nature of the apprenticeship will inform and be informed by the academic courses offered during the semester.
Admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity program may be found in the Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy catalog.
A total of 72 credit hours are required. As part of the degree, students must successfully complete 12 credit hours of apprenticeship courses, which require on-going ministry under the guidance of an approved practitioner-mentor, and 8 hours (4 semesters) of a biblical language.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-ministry major are required to complete up to 24 hours of specific pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level. These courses must be successfully completed prior to attempting the graduate courses. Pre-requisite courses in which grades below “C-” have been earned are unacceptable.
A grade of at least “C-” and a GPA of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale is required for “successful” completion of all M.Div. coursework. Students must complete all degree requirements within 10 years from matriculation into the degree program.
72 Credit Hours
The following courses of instruction are offered in the M.Div. degree. Foundational courses must be successfully completed prior to graduate course registration.