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Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2022-2023 
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Master of Divinity, Concentration in the Black Church

75 Credit Hours

Aims and Outcomes

The Master of Divinity with a Concentration in the Black Church is designed for students who wish to combine their vocational ministry training with the pressing contemporary issues of the black church. The cohort model, instructors, and assigned readings (where relevant) will also provide further contextualization of the Master of Divinity degree. For additional information, see the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  degree in the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.

Structure and Delivery

PBA’s MDiv was created from scratch with twenty-first century ministry in view. After consulting with innovative pastors and scholars and reflecting on the gaps in seminary education, it was decided to move beyond the isolated silos of traditional seminary approaches in delivery method and curriculum. The structure of the MDiv with a Black Church Concentration thus contains six unique features:

Cohort community: Because we learn best in a thriving community, students benefit from a cohort model, with daytime classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays or evening synchronous online classes;

Efficient learning: Because master-level education should build upon a solid foundation, the curriculum features advanced courses while avoiding the repetition of undergraduate introductory courses;

Integrated thinking: Because real-life ministry requires integrated thinking, students study the Bible, Theology, and Practical Theology in paired courses across disciplines;

Flipped classroom: Because learning is best experienced in safe spaces of trial and error, students learn the biblical languages through an engaging flipped classroom approach;

Leadership development: Because practitioners need intentional practice, students develop their leadership skills in three apprenticeships, serving under a ministry leader and gaining over 450 hours of hands-on experience;

Relevant education: Because we believe academic theology belongs to the church, students are able to meet in January for a weeklong intensive course with senior scholars and community pastors/leaders who model the integration of academic study and practical ministry.

Program Length

See further the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  degree in the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.


The admission requirements and process may be found in the relevant Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.

Degree Requirements

All students studying for the MDiv, Black Church Concentration (75 credit hours) will complete an integrated core (36 credit hours), ministry-training courses (15 credit hours), biblical languages (12 credit hours), and Black Church concentration courses (12 credit hours).

Students with a bachelor’s degree in ministry-related field are given the opportunity to move straight to graduate coursework. Students without a bachelor’s degree in a ministry-related field will complete prerequisite coursework (developed on a case-by-case basis) in the areas of Spiritual Formation, Bible, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, and THL 5000 - Introduction to Theological Research . For additional information, including any required prerequisites, see further the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  degree in the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.

Below are the specific degree requirements for the MDiv, Black Church Concentration:

Integrated Core - 36 Credit Hours

Biblical Languages - 12 Credit Hours

Students may choose from Hebrew and/or Greek courses at the Elementary, Intermediate, and/or Advanced level: BIB 5013 BIB 5023 BIB 5203 BIB 5213 BIB 6233 BIB 6243 BIB 5033 BIB 5043 BIB 5113 BIB 5123 BIB 6103 BIB 6113 . For students without previous biblical languages, it is recommended they take all four courses in the same biblical language. Under appropriate circumstances, and in consultation with their advisor, a student may request to replace up to 12 credit hours of biblical language courses with BIB 5053 Biblical Exegesis and Technology and with up to 9 credits of electives to fulfill the full 75-credit hour MDiv Black Church Concentration.


In consultation with their advisor, students with significant ministry experience may request to replace up to 9 credit hours of apprenticeship courses with MLS 6433 Apprenticeship: Mentoring and Leadership Development, or with one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, and with 6 credit hours of electives to fulfill the full 75-credit hour MDiv Black Church Concentration. For additional information, see further the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  degree in the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.