Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree stands at the center of the School of Divinity’s degree offerings. The program prepares students from diverse ministry experiences and theological perspectives for religious leadership. The program encourages students to explore the rich histories and traditions of Christianity, to understand the changing social and religious landscape of our times, and to gain awareness and practical experience of the issues facing churches in their local and global contexts. Through their studies in the MDiv curriculum, students will connect their knowledge of a full range of theological and ministry disciplines with what they encounter in ministry settings and in the world. Through imaginative courses and community engagement, students are challenged to become religious leaders committed to justice, reconciliation, and compassion in congregations and other ministries.
Goals for the Master of Divinity Degree
- A knowledge of Christian scripture, history, and theology that is substantial and relevant for pastoral ministry;
- Evidence of sustained reflection on and participation in spiritual nurturing, both individual and communal
- Development of skills, gifts, and arts of ministry appropriate for leadership in local congregations and other settings.
The Master of Divinity degree is an 81 hour program designed to be completed in three years of full time, residential study. Students may also pursue the degree on a part time basis with permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of Admissions. The maximum length of time allowed to complete the program is six years.
- Biblical Studies (15 hours)
Course ID Course Name Hours Bible Courses: 12 hours BIB 521 Old Testament Interpretation I 3 hours BIB 522 Old Testament Interpretation II 3 hours BIB 541 Introduction to New Testament 3 hours Choose one of the following: BIB 542 Interpreting New Testament Letters 3 hours BIB 543 Interpreting New Testament Gospels 3 hours Biblical Studies Elective 3 hours
- Historical and Theological Studies (18 hours)
Course ID Course Name Hours History: 6 hours HIS 501 History of Christianity I 3 hours HIS 502 History of Christianity II 3 hours World Religions: 3 hours Satisfied by courses offered each semester
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Theology: 6 hours THS 501 Christian Theology 3 hours Theology elective 3 hours Ethics: 3 hours THS 521 Foundation of Christian Ethics 3 hours or THS 522 History of Theological Ethics 3 hours
- Ministerial Studies (21 hours)
Course ID Course Name Hours Art of Ministry: 11 hours MIN 501 Art of Ministry I 2 hours MIN 601A Art of Ministry II 3 hours MIN 601B Art of Ministry II 3 hours Choose one: MIN 701 Art of Min III: Senior Project or MIN 702a,b Art of Min III: Internship Homiletics: 3 hours MIN 551 Homiletics and Worship 3 hours Pastoral Care: 3 hours MIN 631 The Ministry of Pastoral Care 3 hours Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: 3 hours Choose one: MIN 590, 591, 592, 593, 594 Spirituality: 1 hour Satisfied by courses specified each semester
- General Elective Courses (27 hours)
For the remaining 27 hours of the degree program, students may choose from a broad selection of courses in the School of Divinity or from approved courses from the University.