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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

DMin
Doctor of Ministry
DEGREE
30
HOURS TO COMPLETE
3-4
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
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The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders for ministry in their particular settings. Through a cohort-based learning model, participants will pursue specialized study in one area, such as educational studies, preaching and worship, leadership and mission, or a non-specialized track, while being guided by experienced faculty mentors through a core curriculum. The goal is to learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships. The program helps participants fully integrate scholarship with practice through seminar settings which offer thought-provoking, in-depth exploration of real-life ministry issues and challenges.

DMin courses are offered in intensive five-day sessions over the course of three years, resulting in a practically oriented DMin dissertation to be completed during the fourth year. This intensive format allows ministry practitioners to participate in the program without lengthy absences from their ministries. The DMin incorporates research into the means of sustaining pastoral excellence as developed by the Seminary’s Center for Ministry Leadership.

The program’s culminating DMin project/dissertation demonstrates the student’s ability to build an adequate bridge between theological scholarship and ministry practice by handling a significant pastoral concern in a creative and meaningful way through a careful integration of exegesis, theological insight, and an understanding of contemporary social contexts.

Though designed for pastors with an MDiv degree who are currently engaged in ministry, the DMin program will also benefit others who serve in a variety of ordained or non-ordained ministry roles, such as worship leaders, leaders of men’s or women’s ministries, leaders of youth or children’s ministries, campus ministers, executive pastors/directors, and others. Men and women who serve in such positions and hold a master’s-level degree but not an MDiv may apply to the program under the MDiv Equivalency Provision (requirements include 72 credit hours of coursework and a two-part portfolio reflecting both the student's non-formal continuing education experiences and experience in ministry practice).

Participation in the DMin program is dependent upon acceptance following an Admissions evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications or MDiv equivalency, the availability of a particular cohort and faculty mentor, and the approval of the DMin committee.

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DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
NEW Early Action option for MAC: Apply by Nov. 1 and hear back from us by Dec. 15. Regular Action applications must be complete by Jan. 31. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term. See "Learn More" for details.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship along three degree track options: the General track, the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship track and the FSI Cultural Apologetics Fellowship track.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through the EVENING PROGRAM or our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.