MDiv Curriculum


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78-credits are required for the Master of Divinity degree. The program consists of a core of Bible, church history, theology, personal and spiritual formation, and practical ministry courses.

The curriculum has been designed with flexibility to choose from two primary course tracks. Students select between the two tracks, in consultation with their advisors, which reflect their interests and vocational goals. The core requirements for Bible, theology, and church history are identical for both tracks.

Click on the course track titles below to see an outline of their curriculum:

Pastoral Ministry Track – This track is designed as the foundational preparation for men and women who plan to serve the local church in a pastoral capacity. The practical ministry courses required in this track are selected to prepare students for the role of serving as a congregational pastor, including focus on preaching, counseling, leadership, and evangelism. This is the recommended track for incoming MDiv students seeking the pastorate. The pastoral ministry track serves as the basis for several additional tracks designed for students pursuing a pastorate in specific denominations, including the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Congregational Church, as well as a general Reformed theology track.

Bible and Languages:
OT531 Pentateuch and Joshua (3)
OT532 Historic and Poetic Books (3)
OT534 Prophets (3)
OT515 Hebrew Language (3)
NT511 Gospels and Acts (3)
NT512 Epistles (3)
NT612 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)
NT545 Greek Language (3)

Theology:
CT543 Survey of Christian Theology (3)
CT676/PM676 God and Suffering (3)
CT632 Christ and Salvation in the Pluralist World (3)
CT634 The Church and its Mission (3)

History:
CH511 Christian History and Practice I (3)
CH512 Christian History and Practice II (3)

Spiritual Formation:
SF511 Christian Spiritual Formation (3)
SF531-4 Spiritual Formation Groups (3)

Practical Ministry Courses:
PM515 Personal Foundations for Ministry (3)
PM692 Vocational Formation (3)
PM635 Church at Worship (3)
PM625 Introduction to Preaching (3)
CC612 Pastoral Counseling (3)
ME524 Evangelism and Discipleship (3)
ME511 Culture, Context, and Mission (3)
PM522 Vision Change and Conflict (3) OR PM512 Leadership and Administration (3)

General Electives:
2 courses from any area of study (6)

Individualized Studies Track – This track is designed to allow students the flexibility to focus in particular areas of practical ministry, such as counseling, spiritual formation and direction, and/or leadership studies by choosing 18 credits of any combination of courses from the Pastoral Ministry (PM), Christian Leadership (CL), Mission and Evangelism (ME), Spiritual Formation (SF), Counseling/Therapy (CC), (and Chaplaincy) departments. Students can take advantage of this track to focus on acquiring a specialization in a particular area of Practical Ministry by taking multiple courses in one of the departments, such as Counseling or Spiritual Formation. Students should work closely with their advisor to map out their goals in this track as early as possible in their program.

Biblical Studies:
OT531 Pentateuch and Joshua (3)
OT532 Historic and Poetic Books (3)
OT534 Prophets (3)
OT515 Hebrew Language (3) OR OT Bible course
NT511 Gospels and Acts (3)
NT512 Epistles (3)
NT612 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)
NT545 Greek Language (3) OR NT Bible course

Theological Studies:
CT543 Survey of Christian Theology (3)
CT676/PM676 God and Suffering (3)
CT632 Christ and Salvation in the Pluralist World (3)
CT634 The Church and its Mission (3)

Historical Studies:
CH511 Christian History and Practice I (3)
CH512 Christian History and Practice II (3)

Spiritual Formation:
SF511 Christian Spiritual Formation (3)
SF531-534 Spiritual Formation Groups (3)

Practical Ministry:
PM515 Personal Foundations for Ministry (3)
PM692 Vocational Formation (3)

Practical Choice:
18 credits in any practical discipline: leadership, spiritual formation, counseling, ministry, etc. (18)

Electives:
2 courses from any discipline (6)

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