Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The Master of Divinity is a professional degree that emphasizes readiness for ministry. While the M.Div. is frequently required as a prerequisite for some doctoral programs, the typical goal of most candidates in the M.Div. program is full-time ministry. The Master of Divinity degree consists of seventy-five (75) semester hours of study. These hours are built around a required core of courses and then customized by a selection of electives that help develop an area of personal interest.

Students in the general 75 hour M.Div. program will choose between one of three different language tracks. An additional 81 hour languages track is available for students with a particularly strong interest in biblical languages. Two M.Div. concentrations are also available: Teaching and Honors Research. See below for details of each of these available options.

Complete details of the M.Div. program are available in the seminary's Academic Catalog.

All students in the general 75 hour program will include one of these three tracks in their program of study:

  • Hebrew Language Track (available on campus only)
  • Greek Language Track (available on campus or online)
  • English Bible Track (available on campus or online)

Interpretation (37 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
OT Exegesis Either OT 620, 621, 622, or 623   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
OT 651 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar Track 1
Biblical Hebrew
3

Choose ONE Bible
language track:


Biblical Hebrew*
or
NT Greek#
or
English Bible#

OT Hebrew Exegesis Either OT 731, 732, 733, or 734 3
  or    
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax Track 2
NT Greek
3
NT 642 The Epistles with Greek 3
  or    
OT Elective OT Inductive Bible Study course Track 3
English Bible
3
NT Elective NT Inductive Bible Study course 3
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 506 Theology of Christian Holiness...or   2 
  BT 610 Biblical Basis of Christian Holiness      
ST 519 Theology of John Wesley   3  
HT 504 History of Christianity...or   3  
  HT 604 History of Christian Thought      
PH 520 Philosophy for Understanding Theology...or   3  
  PH 610 Moral Theology and the Gospel      

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Six semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Ministry (17 hrs)

PM 611 Worship, Liturgy, and Proclamation   3  
PM 641 Pastoral Counseling   3  
PM 662 Practice in Ministry   2  
PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  
PM 701 Preaching and Worship Practicum   3  
DS 520 The Discipling Church   3  

General Electives (12 hrs)

Includes 6 hrs of elementary Hebrew or Greek for those entering seminary without these courses and choosing a Hebrew or Greek language track.

* Biblical Hebrew track is available on campus only.

# NT Greek and English Bible tracks can be taken either on campus or online. Online students must complete four residency sessions of two weeks each. Residency sessions are offered in October every year.

For students with a particularly strong interest in biblical languages, a Biblical Languages Emphasis track is also available. This track requires both Hebrew and Greek and adds six extra hours to the standard M.Div. degree, resulting in a 81 hour program. This special language track is available on campus only.

Interpretation (43 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
OT Exegesis Either OT 620, 621, 622, or 623   3  
OT 651 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar   3  
OT Hebrew Exegesis Either OT 731, 732, 733, or 734   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
NT 642 The Epistles with Greek   3  
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 506 Theology of Christian Holiness...or   2  
  BT 610 Biblical Basis of Christian Holiness      
ST 519 Theology of John Wesley   3  
HT 501 History of Christianity...or   3  
  HT 604 History of Christian Thought      
PH 520 Philosophy for Understanding Theology...or   3  
  PH 610 Moral Theology and the Gospel      

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Six semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Ministry (17 hrs)

PM 611 Worship, Liturgy, and Proclamation   3  
PM 641 Pastoral Counseling   3  
PM 662 Practice in Ministry   2  
PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  
PM 701 Preaching and Worship Practicum   3  
DS 520 The Discipling Church   3  

General Electives (12 hrs)

Includes 12 hrs of beginning Hebrew and Greek for those entering seminary without these courses.

This degree is available on campus only.

The 85 hour Teaching concentration maintains a biblical language component, requiring a choice of either Hebrew or Greek. This concentration is available both on campus and online.

Interpretation (37 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
OT Exegesis Either OT 620, 621, 622, or 623   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
OT 651 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar Track 1
Biblical Hebrew
3

TE students must fulfill either Hebrew or Greek language component.

OT Hebrew Exegesis Either OT 731, 732, 733, or 734 3
  or    
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax Track 2
NT Greek
3
NT 642 The Epistles with Greek 3
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 506 Theology of Christian Holiness...or   2 
  BT 610 Biblical Basis of Christian Holiness      
ST 519 Theology of John Wesley   3  
HT 504 History of Christianity...or   3  
  HT 604 History of Christian Thought      
PH 520 Philosophy for Understanding Theology...or   3  
  PH 610 Moral Theology and the Gospel      

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Six semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Teaching Concentration (27 hrs)

PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  
TE 605 Learning Styles & Taxonomies   3  
TE 610 Course Design and Evaluation   3  
TE 715 Teaching Lab   3  
TE 720 Practice Teaching   3  
TE 725 Advanced Teaching Cognate (four related courses)   12  

General Electives (12 hrs)

Includes 6 hrs elementary Hebrew or 6 hrs elementary Greek for those entering seminary without these courses.

The 85 hour Honors Research concentration maintains a biblical language component, requiring a choice of either Hebrew or Greek. This concentration is available on campus only.

Interpretation (37 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
OT Exegesis Either OT 620, 621, 622, or 623   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
OT 651 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar Track 1
Biblical Hebrew
3

HR students must fulfill either Hebrew or Greek language component, but are strongly encouraged to do both.

OT Hebrew Exegesis Either OT 731, 732, 733, or 734 3
  or    
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax Track 2
NT Greek
3
NT 642 The Epistles with Greek 3
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 506 Theology of Christian Holiness...or   2 
  BT 610 Biblical Basis of Christian Holiness      
ST 519 Theology of John Wesley   3  
HT 504 History of Christianity...or   3  
  HT 604 History of Christian Thought      
PH 520 Philosophy for Understanding Theology...or   3  
  PH 610 Moral Theology and the Gospel      

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Six semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Research Concentration (12 hrs)

PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  
RS 505 Techniques of Research   3  
RS 780 Thesis   6  

Research Electives (27 hrs)

Includes 6 hrs elementary Hebrew and/or 6 hrs elementary Greek for those entering seminary without these courses.

This degree is available on campus only.