May 25, 2020  
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020

Master of Divinity

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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:

  1. rigorous, high-quality academic preparation for ministry that strengthens the connection between fields of theological study;
  2. personal, purposeful spiritual formation and character development; and
  3. the opportunity for on-going, intentional practical application of academic knowledge in the praxis of ministry

Course Schedule/Structure

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 

Admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity program may be found in the Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy catalog.

Degree Requirements

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.

Curriculum Requirements

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.

Biblical/Exegetical Courses - 16 Credit Hours

Apprenticeship Courses - 12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in an Apprenticeship Program course must be in a Christian ministry position that requires at least 10 hours per week for the duration of the course.

Biblical Language Courses - 8 Credit Hours

It is recommended that students take four semesters of one biblical language to satisfy the M.Div. language requirement.

Elective Courses - 12 Credit Hours

Students may apply approved graduate-level hours toward the elective requirements by taking PBA graduate courses in the fields of Ministry, Business, Counseling, or Leadership. Alternatively, students seeking denominational ordination may choose to fill electives with those required classes.

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.Evaluate and synthesize interpretive methods and traditions, and apply exegetical method to the interpretation of a biblical text

2.Analyze and evaluate the broader heritage of the Christian tradition, the more specific character of particular Christian traditions and communities, the ways these traditions transcend particular social and cultural settings, and the ways they come to unique expressions within such settings

3.Appraise the cultural realities and structures in which the church lives and carries out its mission and design a creative response to these realities

4.Develop the capacities for personal faith, emotional maturity and moral integrity that are requisite to a life of ministerial leadership

5.Cultivate the capacities for ministerial leadership within both the congregation and the broader public context

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