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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity degree program equips you to engage in Gospel-centered leadership roles, such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and missions. It presents you with other open doors as well, serving to meet ordination requirements for some Christian denominations, while also meeting admission qualifications for doctoral programs that focus on ministry or theology.


CREDITS

82

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MONTHS

32

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What Sets Our MDiv Degree Apart?

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality and biblical theology, and how they shape your approach to ministry
  • Create a statement of faith rather than adopting the seminary's doctrinal position
  • A rigorous Candidacy process, ministering to real people under the supervision of a seasoned ministry practitioner
  • Visit either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study tours for elective credit
  • Recent high school grads may complete a BA and MDiv in 5 years through the Kairos Accelerated Master of Divinity

Curriculum

 

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Foundational Studies: 10 credits
BT501 Hermeneutics 2
BT502 Understanding Biblical Theology 2
CS501 Learning to Love God and Others 2
CS502 Growing in Prayer and Other Key Spiritual Disciplines 2
MF501 Introduction to Theological Study and Ministry Formation 2
Biblical Studies: 28 credits
BL501 Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon 4
BL502 Interpreting the Prophets and Gospel 4
BL503 Interpreting Acts to Revelation 4
NT521 Greek Grammar 3
NT522 Greek Reading and Syntax 3
NT523 Greek Syntax and Reading 2
OT521 Hebrew Grammar 3
OT522 Hebrew Grammar and Reading Narrative Texts 3
OT523 Hebrew Syntax and Reading 2
Theological Studies: 18 credits
CH501 Wisdom from Church History 4
TH501 Knowing the Living God: Theology I 4
TH502 Glorifying the Word of Life: Theology II 4
TH503 Living as the Community of the Spirit: Theology III 4
TH504 Integrating Ministry and Theology 2
Ministerial Studies: 18 credits
ML501 Theology and Practice of Gospel-Centered Ministry 2
ML502 -or- Transformational Leadership 2
WL504 Women in Leadership 2
ML503 Nurturing Faithful Disciples 2
ML504 Taking the Gospel to Diverse Cultures 2
ML505 Applied Pastoral Counseling: Caring for People in a Broken World 2
ML506 Ministerial Ethics 2
ML507 Gospel Responses to Contemporary Challenges 2
ML508 Preaching Gospel-Centered Messages 2
MF531 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab I 1
MF532 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab II 1
MF533-34 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab III - IV (P/F graded, lab fee; as needed) 0
Open Electives: 8 credits

Specialize Your Ministry Studies

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Work with your academic advisor to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

A Candidacy Process for Real-world Learning

During your Ministry Leadership Formation courses, you'll form a mentoring team within your own ministry setting, while also joining Ministry Leadership groups that work through case studies formed from students' greatest challenges in serving. This process sees you submit a portfolio of ministry experiences after completing half of your studies, combined with an assessment by your mentoring team as well as select faculty. After advancing to candidacy and completing all your courses you graduate with our promise of ministry readiness.

Accessible Scheduling

You may complete the Master of Divinity in a little less than three years' time of full-time studies through our online campus, or at any of our campuses in Oregon and Northern California. Students who prefer on campus learning but live at a distance may also complete their training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:

Note: Any campus-based MDiv student must complete at least 28 residency credits on campus, while the rest can be completed through online courses.

Theological Education That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. It might surprise you to learn that a minority of our students utilize loans, with most choosing instead to pay out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

MDiv Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If you do not have a bachelor's degree or do not meet one of the requirements above, contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative MDiv admission requirements.