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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.

MDiv
Master of Divinity
DEGREE
93
HOURS TO COMPLETE
3-4
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
Degree Plan
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Student Handbook

Newly revised based on extensive feedback from experienced pastors and church leaders, the MDiv is designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry. The program engages 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.

A distinct advantage of our program is the deep and long-lasting relationships formed as students live, learn, worship, and minister together—along with faculty who are fully engaged in the community—in a diverse urban and suburban context. And our enhanced field education program is integrated into the core curriculum, allowing students to put their training into practice through partnerships with local churches and ministries. This residential seminary experience enables students to participate fully in the life of the community and uniquely prepares them for God’s next call upon their lives.

Designed to be completed in either three or four years, the MDiv offers deep familiarity with the Scriptures in their original languages and broad vocational flexibility.

TWO MAIN DEGREE TRACKS

Students may pursue the degree through one of two ministry tracks:

  • The Pastoral Ministry Track prepares men for ordained ministry and requires courses in homiletics and other areas of practical theology essential for traditional or nontraditional pastoral ministry.
  • The Specialized Ministry Track prepares men and women for work in a variety of settings such as educational ministries, campus ministry, counseling, teaching, research, writing, or post-graduate study. This track prescribes practical theology electives (such as educational ministries, counseling, contemporary culture, and world mission) in place of preaching and one practical theology course.

See the MDiv Degree Plan in PDF format.

NEW! CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FELLOWSHIP OPTION

MDiv students may also augment the degree by pursuing the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship option, which requires the student to take 9 credit hours of courses from the CMI Missional Discipleship curriculum—6 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives. This option, offered in conjunction with our City Ministry Initiative (CMI), prepares students for the particular challenges involved in ministering the gospel in city/urban settings.

See the MDiv with CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship degree plan in PDF format.

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Find out more about what's new with our MDiv—and why.

See a list of our Course Offerings for 2014-2105.

See a full list of all our Course Descriptions.

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

MDiv Three-Year Sequence

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
NT301 Greek I 4
NT302 Greek II 2      
CM310 Communicating the Scriptures   2    
NT303 NT Exegesis & Communicating the Scriptures†   3    
PT310 Spiritual/Ministry Formation*   2    
ST300 Covenant Theology I   2  
WM310 God's World Mission   3    
  Electives     2  
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach     3
NT320 Gospels     3
ST301 Covenant Theology II     2
ST310 God and Humanity: Foundations of Counseling     4
  Electives‡       2
Total Units: 34 6 12 2 14
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
OT301 Hebrew I 4      
OT302 Hebrew II 2      
CH310 Ancient/Medieval Church History   3    
CO320 Counseling in the Church I   2    
OT303 OT Exegesis & Communicating the Scriptures†   3  
OT320 Pentateuch   2  
PT311 Mentored Ministry Practicum I   1    
ST330 Christ and Salvation   3    
  Electives‡     1  
CH320 Reformation/Modern Church History       3
EM301 Educational Foundations       3
NT330 Acts and Paul   3
OT330 Old Testament Historical Books   3
PT312 Mentored Ministry Practicum II       1
Total Units: 34 6 14 1 13
Third Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
CM340 Advanced Homiletics§   1    
CO330 Counseling in the Church II†   3    
OT340 Psalms & Wisdom Literature & Worship   4    
PT340 Theology of Ministry   2    
PT341 Ministry Leadership   2    
ST350 Spirit, Church, & Last Things   2    
       
NT350 Pastoral & Gen. Epistles & Revelation       3
OT350 Prophetical Books       3
PT411 Preparation for Licensure & Ordination Exams§       1
PT499 MDIV Capstone       1
ST360 Christian Ethics       3
Total Units: 25 0 14 0 11

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

FIELD EDUCATION 300 hours of field work are required for graduation; these hours will be transcribed in four 75hr units (FE301, FE302, FE303, and FE304) when the Field Education Office has approved completion of hours. Accumulation of field hours will begin in conjunction with PT311 Mentored Ministry Practicum I.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM  
FIELD EDUCATION (4 units, no academic credit)
CURRICULUM UNITS 93 (88 core hours; 5 unrestricted hours)
DEGREE SUMMARY

§ Specialized Ministries Track M.Div. students substitute practical theology electives for the courses so marked.
‡ Electives may be taken in any term.
* MDiv students registered for the courses so marked will be assigned to mandatory personal formation Cohort Groups which will meet from 10-11am on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will be notified by Student Life, after the end of Registration, of their assigned group leader and day.
† M.Div. students must register for the corresponding Lab course when registering for the courses so marked: with NT303, CM320 Exegesis & Homiletics Lab I (Ordination Track) or CM321 Exegesis & Communication Lab I (Specialized Ministries Track); with OT303, CM330 Exegesis & Homiletics Lab II (Ordination Track) or CM331 Exegesis & Communication Lab II (Specialized Ministries Track); with CO330, PT313 Mentored Ministry Counseling Practicum.

MDiv CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship Sequence

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
NT301 Greek I 4
NT302 Greek II 2
CM310 Communicating the Scriptures 2
NT303 NT Exegesis & Communicating the Scriptures† 3
PT310 Spiritual/Ministry Formation* 2
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
WM310 God's World Mission 3
Electives‡ 1 CMI elective
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach 3
NT320 Gospels 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God and Humanity: Foundations of Counseling* 4
WM571 Theologies of the Civil Rights Era 2 CMI core
Total Units: 33 6 12 1 14
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
OT301 Hebrew I 4
OT302 Hebrew II 2
CH310 Ancient/Medieval Church History 3
CO320 Counseling in the Church I 2
OT303 OT Exegesis & Communicating the Scriptures† 3
OT320 Pentateuch 2
WM311 City Ministry Practicum I 1 CMI core
ST330 Christ and Salvation 3
Electives‡ 1 CMI elective
CH320 Reformation/Modern Church History 3
EM301 Educational Foundations 3
NT330 Acts and Paul 3
OT330 Old Testament Historical Books 3
WM312 City Ministry Practicum II 1 CMI core
Total Units: 34 6 14 1 13
Third Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
CO330 Counseling in the Church II† 3
OT340 Psalms & Wisdom Literature & Worship 4
PT340 Theology of Ministry 2
PT341 Ministry Leadership 2
ST350 Spirit, Church, & Last Things 2
NT350 Pastoral & Gen. Epistles & Revelation 3
OT350 Prophetical Books 3
PT499 MDIV Capstone 1
ST360 Christian Ethics 3
WM528 Transformational Community Development 2 CMI core
Electives‡ 1 CMI elective
Total Units: 26 0 13 0 13

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

FIELD EDUCATION 300 hours of field work are required for graduation; these hours will be transcribed in four 75-hour units (FE301, FE302, FE303, and FE304) when the Field Education Office has approved completion of hours. Accumulation of field hours will begin in conjunction with WM311 City Ministry Practicum I.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
FIELD EDUCATION (4 units, no academic credit)
CURRICULUM UNITS 93 (84 core hours; 6 CMI Fellowship hours; 3 CMI Fellowship electives)
DEGREE SUMMARY

* MDiv students registered for the courses so marked will be assigned to mandatory personal formation Cohort Groups which will meet 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will be notified by Student Life, after the end of Registration, of their assigned group leader and day.

† MDiv students must register for the corresponding Lab course when registering for the courses so marked:

  • with NT303: CM320 Exegesis & Homiletics Lab I (Ordination Track) or CM321 Exegesis & Communication Lab I (Specialized Ministries Track)
  • with OT303: CM330 Exegesis & Homiletics Lab II (Ordination Track) or CM331 Exegesis & Communication Lab II (Specialized Ministries Track)
  • with CO330, PT313 Mentored Ministry Counseling Practicum.

‡ Elective hours must be CMI-approved courses. Electives may be taken in any term.

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.