About the Program

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree designed for men and women with a bachelor’s degree who serve or desire to serve in such roles as ordained pastor, career missionary, and chaplain. Students in this divinity degree program develop competencies in Biblical studies, church history, theology, pastoral care, counseling, and preaching/teaching. The curriculum may be completed in three years, although many students take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities. Learn how to become a pastor and discover how our Master of Divinity program stacks up against other divinity graduate programs. Contact us today or apply now – it only takes a few minutes.

Program Objectives

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the nature and content of the Bible, a working methodology for biblical study and interpretation, and a clear formulation and personal integration of the student’s own understanding of the message of the Bible.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the central doctrines of Christianity and of the historical models that have been used to articulate and apply them. Students will be able to formulate theological and ethical concepts in light of the heritage of the whole church and to apply these concepts in contemporary life situations.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of Christian ministry founded on biblical mandates, informed by the church’s heritage and relevant to its present circumstances.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to a lifelong, intentional process of spiritual development and professional growth.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate growth of the in areas related to God’s personal call that require further development.

MDiv Program breakdown

Required Classes

ClassCredit Hours
Touchstone Course: Developing the Focused Life
Examine your call to ministry and assess your ministry skills
Theology & Practice of Worship
Study the biblical foundations, theology, and history of worship.
Theology & Practice of Fellowship
Understand God’s purpose for fellowship.
Theology & Practice of Discipleship
Develop a comprehensive program of discipleship
Theology & Practice of Ministry
Understand how to equip and deploy people in ministry.
Theology & Practice of Evangelism
Learn how to develop spiritual friendships and reach your community for Christ.
New Testament Survey
Introduction of the New Testament with focus on interpretation and application.
Old Testament Survey
Study the background and content of the Old Testament.
Church History 1
Study of the movements of the early church through the Reformation
Church History 2
Examine the movements from the reformation to today that impact current practices
Christian Worldview & Theology
Investigate theologies that comprise a Christian worldview
Preaching/Teaching for Life Change
Learn how to effectively communicate God's Word
Bible Language Tools
Learn how to use Bible software for studying and teaching God's Word
Biblical Hermeneutics
Understand the meaning of Scripture and how to apply it to your ministry context
Proficiency Portfolio
Develop and assemble projects based on your learning objectives and competencies
Capstone Course: Practicing the Focused Life
Assess and analyze growth in your ministry skills

Electives (3 classes, 12 hrs. See Catalog for all of the possibilities to customize your degree)

Total: (19 classes, 76 hrs)

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