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A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

The academic area of Christian studies revolves around different topics in the area of Christianity. Common classes may include Christian ethics, study of the Old Testament, biblical hermeneutics, world religions, and liturgical theology and practice.

The United States of America is a large country in North America, often referred to as the "USA", the "US", the "United States", "America", or simply "the States". American colleges are funded by "tuition" charged to the student, which is often quite expensive, very commonly reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars per year.

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Master of Divinity Program

Union University California
Campus Full time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA Westminster

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. [+]

Best Masters in Christian Studies in USA 2017. MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM Languages offered: English, Vietnamese DESCRIPTION The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. UUC offers the traditional ministerial skills of biblical and theological competence, effective communication, spiritual sensitivity and maturity, passion for evangelism and pastoral care. In addition, our program offers courses in global interconnection of the contemporary world, the importance of understanding urbanization, principles of effective leadership, organizational development skills, and social transformation. Graduates of the program will be competently equipped to serve effectively and at a professional level as ordained pastors and leaders within the contexts of churches or other Christian organizations and/or ministries. LEARNING OUTCOMES After successfully completing the Master of Divinity program, graduates will be able to: 1. Articulate effectively a sound biblical and historical theology 2. Develop practices of personal and spiritual maturity 3. Have capacity to do church planting and church renewal 4. Mobilize the church for social transformation, conflict, reconciliation, and global mission 5. Lead competently and organize and manage skillfully and to mentor laity for their ministries in families, churches, and the public sector. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS An applicant must complete an online admission application andsubmit the following materials to the Director of Admissions to be considered for admission: 1. Two passport-sized photos 2. Copy of government-issued photo identification 3. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree or international equivalent from an accredited/ recognized college or university 4. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended 5. Two reference letters; one of which must be from a pastor or known religious leader; the second from an academic supervisor, if possible 6. A personal statement of at least 500 words describing the student’s motivations for study at UUC 7. Language requirement: Students who apply for English program must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principle language of instruction, must demonstrate college- level proficiency in English through one of the following:  A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 71 on internet-based Test (iBT), 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 50 on the PTE Academic Score Reports  A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test  A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam  A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “B” or higher at an appropriately accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English. COMPLETION TIME At UUC, the Master of Divinity program has been specifically designed for persons in engaging in ministries. Average completion time of the program is 3 years. Students can finish in a shorter time. Courses are offered in four terms a year in two semesters. Each term lasts for 10 weeks with a two week break between terms. LEVEL AND TYPE OF RESEARCH REQUIRED: MASTER LEVEL Mastery and application of literature review and qualitative research methodologies involving case studies and research assignments throughout the completion of the curriculum of the Master of Divinity program. Students in the MDiv program must register for the RES-501 Research and Writing for Theological Education course in their first year. This course is a prerequisite for all research-intensive courses. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To qualify for graduation with the Master of Divinity degree the student must successfully fulfill the following requirements: 1. Complete all the Master of Divinity course requirements (84 credits) 2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0or higher on a 4.0 scale 3. Pay all tuition and fees COURSE REQUIREMENTS Required Courses: 54 Credits BBL-501 Introduction to the Old Testament BBL-502 Introduction to the New Testament BBL-503 Biblical Hermeneutics CED-501 Christian Education CHH-501 History of Christianity I CHH-502 History of Christianity II CSL-502 Principles of Christian Counseling ETH-501 Ministerial Ethics EVG-501 Evangelism in Context LDR-501 Organizational Leadership MIN-503 Pastoral Ministry MIN-505 Building Healthy Churches MIN-511 Church Planting PRC-501 Homiletics RES-501 Research and Writing for Theological Education SFM-501 Spiritual Life Practices: Developing A Life of Devotion THL-501 Systematic Theology I THL-502 Systematic Theology II Elective Courses: 30 Credits (10 courses) Choose any ten of the following courses: EDU-502 Philosophy of Education EDU-503 Teaching and Learning: Foundational Issues in Education LDR-502 Servant Leadership LDR-503 Foundations of Personal Leadership LDR-505 Servant Leader as a Transformational Agent LDR-506 Emotional Intelligence in Leadership LDR-507 Christian Character in Leadership MIN-501 Doing Ministry in Context MIN-504 Church Renewal MIN-506 Cause Collaboration MIN-507 Vocation in a Changing World MIN-512 The Arts of Biblical Mentoring THL-513 Perspectives on World Christian Mission THL-514 Theology of Work THL-515 Fundamentals for Doing Theology Internship [-]

Master of Divinity

Corban University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time Open Enrollment USA Salem

Ministry thrives where the unchanging Word of God intersects with a constantly changing world. Ministry is about reaching people — letting Jesus Christ transform our lives and communities. Then again, is this simply a nicely stated ideal, or is it a living, breathing reality? [+]

Online Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2016 USA Salem Ministry thrives where the unchanging Word of God intersects with a constantly changing world. Ministry is about reaching people — letting Jesus Christ transform our lives and communities. Then again, is this simply a nicely stated ideal, or is it a living, breathing reality? Ministry is hard and full of difficult questions, challenging situations and imperfect people. Seminary gives you the foundation to speak the truth of the gospel with conviction, compassion and grace in the midst of an increasingly post-Christian world. It equips you to teach the relevance and life-changing message of Scripture and set an example of faith in action. No seminary experience can hand you all the answers you need in the coming years of ministry. We equip you with the biblical knowledge and theological skill that you need to find the answers to the crucial questions of today. The MDiv program is designed to give you the tools you need to accurately interpret Scripture within its historical, geographical and cultural background and to apply it to your current ministry’s context, location and cultural demands. Corban’s Master of Divinity is available entirely online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus classes to work around your schedule. You will be able to choose your own program pace and schedule, attending full time to finish in just three years or completing the program at a part-time pace. The MDiv at Corban has both a Church Ministry track and a Biblical Languages track, so you can choose your courses based on your ministry needs. [-]

Master of Divinity

Trinity International University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Deerfield

All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call. Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos. [+]

Best Masters in Christian Studies in USA 2017. All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call. Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos. Where can this degree take me? The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for ordained pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts. MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or PhD levels). What will I study? The Master of Divinity curriculum (94 hours total) is centered on four primary areas: Scripture and Interpretation - 35 hours ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours NT 5210 NT Greek Exegesis I 4 hours NT 5211 NT Greek Exegesis II 2 hours NT 5212 NT Greek Exegesis III 1 hour NT 6600 Preaching from the New Testament 1 hour NT 6221 Synoptics and Johannine Literature 3 hours NT 6222 Acts, Pauline, and General Epistles 3 hours OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 4 hours OT 6216 Pentateuch and Historical Books 4 hours OT 6217 Prophetic and Poetic Books Theology and Tradition - 20 hours Required: CH 5010 History of Christianity 4 hours PT 7410, 7412, 7415 Denominational History and Polity course 1 hour ST 5101 Theology I: Introduction to Theology 3 hours ST 5102 Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation 3 hours ST 5103 Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 3 hours ST 5200 Christian Ethics 3 hours Choose one of the following: CH 5060 American Church History 3 hours CH 7450 Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours ME 6410 History of Missions in the Modern World (This is an alternative only for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus) Worldview and Culture - 8 hours Required: ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission ME 6240 The Intercultural Missionary may be substituted for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus 2 hours ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours PR 5500 Apologetics 2 hours Choose one of the following: BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference Course 2 hours CC 5610 Cultural Hermeneutics 2 hours ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry 2 hours PT 7860 Social and Cultural Exegesis 2 hours Ministries and Practices - 31 hours Includes required, ministry focus, and elective courses Required: CM 5000 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry Counseling 2 hours CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry (Possible substitutes for this include CO 5210, CM 5110, CM 6572, CO 7140) 1 hour EM 5000 Educational Ministries in the Local Church 2 hours HM 5000 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 2 hours PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation 1 hour PT 7280 Christian Worship 2 hours PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar 1 hour PT 7465 / 7466 Internship 2 hours Field Education and Formation Group: ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) (recommended during first two semesters) 0 hours PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters) 0 hours PT 5095 Cross-Cultural Field Education (1 semester) 0 hours An additional 18 hours in this area come from your chosen Ministry Focus and electives. Field Education and Internships All Master of Divinity students must complete field education and internship requirements. Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to: Integrate classroom studies with on-the-ground ministry. Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills. Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity. Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field ed requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus. Ministry Focus There are seven ministry foci available which allow you to focus your MDiv more sharply (plus the option to create a unique focus not listed here): Specialized Ministry Research Ministry Pastoral Care Cross-Cultural Ministry Congregational Team Ministry Pastor-Teacher Chaplaincy Compassion & Justice What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details: A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, though not necessarily required. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 or if the Admissions Office requests them. A demonstrated working knowledge of the English Bible (this can be demonstrated after admission through either some specific coursework or the Standard Bible Content Test). Applicants with prior Greek or Hebrew experience may be able to take the Greek Proficiency Exam or the Hebrew Proficiency Exam; these allow you to place further along in the language courses. You don’t need to have taken Greek or Hebrew to be accepted to the MDiv; we will teach you! [-]

Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition)

Columbia International University Online
Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Columbia

The M.Div. (Bible Exposition) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership along with specialized skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. [+]

At Columbia International University, Scripture informs every subject you study and will allow you to develop your own understanding of the word, an understanding that is firmly rooted in God's truth. Our 78-hour Master of Divinity allows you to complete your degree in three years, with a focus on the concentration of your choice. Plus, our competitive tuition rates makes CIU's M.Div. one of the most affordable in the Southeast. The M.Div. (Bible Exposition) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership along with specialized skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. It prepares you for a ministry of proclaiming God’s Word as a senior or associate pastor. OBJECTIVES The Master of Divinity (Bible Exposition) will equip you to: Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text Trace key themes in Scripture Communicate biblical truth with the goal of life transformation Discuss the teaching of individual Bible books in detail Use communication methods that are appropriate to a variety of cultures OPPORTUNITIES Potential ministry opportunities for graduates include: Senior pastor Associate Pastor Conference Speaker Itinerant evangelist Ph.D. studies Bible institute professor Local church teaching pastor Bible translator Admissions For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of: Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements International citizens must complete application items noted above as well as the following items: Academic Transcripts : Must be validated through World Education Services (WES). The student must request the WES ICAP credential package. If not in English, the transcript must be accompanied by an official English translation. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) : A minimum score of 79 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. The computer and paper exams will also be accepted, with a minimum score of 213 on the computer and a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam. The TOEFL is available through the American Consular Office. Our TOEFL code is 5116. The TOEFL is waived if you have completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction. Educational Background : Fully complete the International Educational Background form. Directions are on back of form. [-]

Master of Divinity in Christian Apologetics

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics online program equips individuals with the means to defend the Christian faith in all aspects of ministry. Through this program, you will combine academic theory and practical ministry training to effectively study the Scripture and its essential doctrine. [+]

Best Masters in Christian Studies in USA 2017. Liberty University’s Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics online program equips individuals with the means to defend the Christian faith in all aspects of ministry. Through this program, you will combine academic theory and practical ministry training to effectively study the Scripture and its essential doctrine. In addition, this program provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue doctoral work and one day teach at the collegiate level. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]

Master of Theology in Christian Apologetics (Thesis)

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University’s Master of Theology – Christian Apologetics online program is an in-depth study of Scripture, providing you with additional courses in theology and apologetics beyond the Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics offerings. Through this program, you will be well-equipped to defend the truth of the Christian message as well as enter a doctoral program. [+]

Liberty University’s Master of Theology – Christian Apologetics online program is an in-depth study of Scripture, providing you with additional courses in theology and apologetics beyond the Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics offerings. Through this program, you will be well-equipped to defend the truth of the Christian message as well as enter a doctoral program. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]