Masters Programs in Divinity

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A master’s degree is a graduate degree that helps students find a career in their area of study. A degree can be earned at universities all over the world, and it usually takes between two and four years to complete, depending on the program.

What is a Master in Divinity? This program is designed for students who want to minister in a church. Upon graduation, students should have a deep understanding of the church and its mission, be competent in Biblical Greek or Hebrew, and have a commitment to developing spiritual maturity in others as well as themselves. Core topics usually include theological, practical ministry, and biblical studies. Other courses may include Hermeneutics, Old and New Testament foundations, Pentecostal studies, Christian ethics, principles and practices of teaching, and research and report writing.

Individuals who pursue a divinity degree benefit by building professional skills to be able to lead a church and congregation. They also have the capacity to use theology principles to make independently formed judgments on modern issues in the community.

The costs associated with earning a divinity degree will vary from one place to another. The location of the school and duration of the program will factor into the cost. Students who want to know exactly what tuition and fees will be should contact the schools directly.

There are a number of career opportunities for individuals with a Master in Divinity. Prospects include being ministers, teachers, and leaders in a variety of pastoral contexts. Churches and temples are some options for employment, as are healthcare settings, nonprofit organizations, and institutional environments. Some graduates choose to be chaplains in prisons and hospitals, while others may choose to become professors.

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Master of Divinity

The King's University
Campus Full time 78 hours September 2017 USA Southlake

The MDiv degree program seeks to: Prepare men and women for ministry within their own particular communities of faith and cultures; [+]

Masters in Divinity. Program Objectives The MDiv degree program seeks to: Prepare men and women for ministry within their own particular communities of faith and cultures; Provide students with knowledge of Scripture and the tools and methods to interpret Scripture; Equip candidates with practical ministry skills in leadership, preaching, worship, teaching, care-giving, and administration. Assist students in developing a theology of ministry that is relevant to the context of their calling; Develop practical ministry skills through supervised ministry experiences; Encourage students to develop their unique spiritual gifts and to integrate these gifts into their theological studies and ministries. Learning Outcomes Upon completion of The MDiv degree, students will be able to: Demonstrate the ability to interpret and properly apply biblical texts using sound hermeneutical principles and exegetical methods; Demonstrate a knowledge of the heritage, traditions, and practices of the Church; Articulate a biblically-based theology of ministry based on knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church; Integrate biblical and theological knowledge with the practices of ministry; Communicate God’s truth clearly, accurately, and convincingly to a single individual or a community; Articulate knowledge of and show ability to do the basic tasks of ministry. Prerequisites *In addition to the MDIV Degree requirements, the following courses must be completed, unless previously satisfied at the undergraduate level, therefore increasing the degree requirement to 87 semester hours. BIBL 1301 Old Testament Studies – 3 hours BIBL 1302 New Testament Studies – 3 hours BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation – 3 hours [-]

Master of Divinity

Oral Roberts University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Tulsa

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. [+]

Program Overview The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. The six-semester, 88.5-hour program structured around field education and the three curricula areas of the seminary: biblical literature, theological/historical studies, and practices of ministry. Students are required to enroll in two semesters of field education after 50% of their coursework is complete. Twelve semester hours of open electives are provided to all students to bridge deficient areas or enhance areas of interest, including counseling, missions, biblical literature, and theological/historical studies. Because ORU has graduate schools in education and business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training. Program Objectives The Master of Divinity degree program aims to: - Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with a application to selected contemporary situations. - Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper. - Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity. - Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines. - Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies. - Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society. - Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory of ministry that is relevant to their backgrounds and callings. - Provide opportunities to demonstrate necessary skills for ministry within a variety of traditions, churches and cross-cultural contexts. - Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. - Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling. - Enable students to develop a theology and theory of ministry that integrates biblical and theological content with practical ministry skills. [-]

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. [+]

Masters in Divinity. 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 in Protestant Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. [+]

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. They are familiar with the phenomenology of religion, with the traditional world religions and with new religious movements. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination takes place in one round and has a written and an oral part. The written part tests applicants' knowledge of biblical theology (including the original languages), systematic theology, historical theology, world religions and philosophy. The oral part is an interview to establish applicants' specific qualifications for the study programme. Assessment criteria: the two parts of the entrance examination are assessed by points giving a maximum total of 100 (50 for the written test and 50 for the oral interview). The examiners marking the written part will not know the identity of the applicants. Conditions for admission The applicants who are most successful in the entrance examination will be accepted. The Dean will determine the number of points necessary to be accepted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates can make use of their studies in the service of their churches as ministers in parishes, in catechetical, educational and pastoral work, and also in the social and cultural fields and in public administration. [-]

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? [+]

Masters in Divinity. 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

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 USA New Brunswick Jamaica + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and night classes and at the St. John’s site through night classes... [+]

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and evening classes and at the St. John’s site through evening classes. Education for ministry is not a matter of simply accumulating certain knowledge and skills. It is the beginning of a process of personal transformation whereby the student appropriates the knowledge and skills pertinent to ministry in a way that shapes the student’s self-understanding and life within the church and the world. Thus, both the integration of the diverse fields of knowledge and skill, and the integration of these fields with the actual experience and practice of ministry, are essential to a theological education. The course of study for the M.Div. falls into three major categories. The first consists of the core academic courses, grouped into three fields: Biblical Studies; Historical, Theological and Ethical Studies; Ministry Studies. The second consists of the experience and practice of varieties of ministry. This is found principally in a student’s Field Education placements, but also in the various aspects of life in the seminary community. Those courses which seek to integrate the various academic fields, and academic learning with practical experience, form the final category. The Ministeriums and required integrative courses constitute this category. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The application deadline for US students for a term is two months before the first day of the semester. The deadline for international students is six months before the first day of the semester. The applicant must: Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an academic record indicating scholarly ability, including an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work pursued to date are required; * Complete Application Form with non-refundable $50 application fee Complete Background Check form with $25 processing fee (for USA citizens only) Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be a recommendation from the applicant’s pastor; and Complete a statement of purpose that provides a sense of who you are and why you are interested in the program. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS In addition to the admissions procedures mentioned, applicants who seek to enter the US to pursue a degree program at NBTS must: Submit transcripts of undergraduate degree programs*, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose written in English; Demonstrate their proficiency in English; Apply to the US Government for an F-1 non-immigrant student entry visa. *The Admissions Committee recommends that all transcripts that originate from an institution outside the United States or Canada be sent to a professional transcript service for a course-by-course evaluation. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY In order to insure success in our degree programs, the Seminary requires that students for whom English is a second language must have their English skills evaluated prior to full matriculation in its Masters or Doctor of Ministry programs. This evaluation will determine whether additional language studies are needed to achieve the proficiency levels described below. Note, this policy does not apply to students who have graduated from a four year college or university where the instruction was in English. There are several paths to full matriculation into the Seminary’s degree programs: A completed application and a TOEFL paper score of at least 550 with an essay score of at least 4 OR an Internet TOEFL score of at least 79-80. A completed application and an IELTS score of at least 6.0. Students who have not completed the TOEFL or IELTS exam may be provisionally admitted to the Seminary based on their prior academic record. Before matriculating at the Seminary, students will enroll in the Rutgers PALS (ESL), which will issue an I-20 visa. Students enrolled in, or who have completed another accredited ESL program may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see more detailed information here. Non-Traditional Master of Divinity Students (U.S. Applicants Only) Under exceptional circumstances, a student without a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program as a non-traditional student. Realizing that each non-traditional student has different credentials, please contact the Admissions office for information, transcript review, and aid in selecting the needed college courses. Contacting the office early in the process will allow the student to make the best choices for success in his or her seminary career. During this time before your admission to NBTS in addition to completing these college courses, we strongly recommend you be in contact with the ordaining body within your church and/or denomination about the possibility of ordination without a college degree. Admission Requirements for Non-Traditional Students All of the requirements for the Master of Divinity application process and: Be at least of 40 years of age; Have demonstrated distinguished service to the church and show a sense of vocation and commitment to professional ministry; Prepared for the M.Div. program by completing five college courses with a grade of “B” or better at an accredited college or university. These courses must cover five areas: English composition History Philosophy Behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology), Literature At least three of these courses must be completed with a transcript submitted and with a plan for the completion of the other two courses before the admissions committee will process the application. [-]

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. [+]

Masters in Divinity. 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 – Pastoral Counseling

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. [+]

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. The M.Div. program provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles. Coursework places emphasis on embracing the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles as a pastor. This online divinity program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for certain branches of the armed services. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]

Master of Divinity – Leadership

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. [+]

Masters in Divinity. Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. The M.Div. program provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles. Coursework places emphasis on embracing the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles as a pastor. This online divinity program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for certain branches of the armed services. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]

Master of Divinity

Naropa University
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Boulder + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. [+]

What if you could prepare your heart and soul to minister to others in a Buddhist-inspired environment? The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. Taught in Naropa's Buddhist-inspired context, the MDiv program will expose you to Buddhist teachings and contemplative practices while also emphasizing an interfaith approach to pastoral practice. (You don't need to be a practicing Buddhist to flourish in the program, but we encourage a strong interest and curiosity in Buddhism.) Applied learning in the program connects our students to professional disciplines and contexts. Students may elect to complete either a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship in healthcare settings, or to do Field Education in a variety of ministry, social service, and prison settings. These opportunities, based on your interests will give you the opportunity to integrate the intellectual, contemplative, and pastoral skills you have acquired in the program in a real-world context. By asking you to participate in the contemplative work of Tibetan Buddhism, you will ready yourself to be of service in the world, developing the awareness, courage, and compassion necessary to serve others, whether they need a celebrant or someone to ease their sorrow. After Naropa The Master of Divinity degree from Naropa allows you to serve as leaders, ministers, and teachers in a variety of pastoral contexts. We have graduates who are serving in healthcare settings and ministers in Buddhist temples as well as interfaith churches. Others have gone on to become professors; chaplains in hospitals and prisons; and leaders in nonprofit and other institutional settings. What Makes us Different? Naropa’s MDiv program emphasizes developing empathy, compassion and resilience within a contemplative context. The program offers a unique and broad whole person approach that will enhance personal and professional goals, whether they be healthcare chaplaincy, prison ministry, or social engagement. Our classes are small and interactive (typically below 20 students), allowing for a richly interactive learning environment, combining nontraditional, reflective elements such as intensive meditation retreats with relevant skill building such as pastoral caregiving and public speaking. Contemplative inquiry permeates our Religious Studies classes that include exploration of a variety of religious traditions including Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Biblical texts, and Jewish mysticism, . Unlike many larger institutions, we provide an atmosphere of open doors, easy access, and approachability a well as a rich culture with dozens of community events, speakers and performances. Degree Highlights Join your contemplative practice with everyday life through immersion in weekend meditation programs that occur every semester. Deepen your contemplative practice by attending a month-long meditation intensive. Take part in small-group Process Labs, which provide emotional and spiritual support throughout your MDiv journey. Choose a service-learning placement as either: A field education internship in a religious institution, NGO, prison or other social service agency; OR A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervised internship in medical setting that provides on-call duty time as well as personal and theological reflection. Research and write an MDiv thesis that integrates contemplative principles with personal interests and chaplaincy skills. Faculty Our faculty are nationally and internationally renowned scholars and practitioners who challenge and inspire students in an intense yet supportive environment. Particular concentrations of academic strength in the MDiv faculty lie in the fields of pastoral care, comparative religion, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, as part of the school’s commitment to community engagement, faculty have also participated in chaplaincy and palliative care conferences as experts, as well as presented and published widely on mindfulness in education. Dedicated to academic excellence and innovation in contemplative pedagogy, Naropa University has a notable history of hiring rising scholars and welcoming progressive thinkers. Across multiple areas — experience, interest, ethnicity, or gender — the faculty is diverse, ensuring exposure to broad perspectives. MDiv Faculty create an environment of intellectual inquiry, interpersonal and intrapersonal discovery while also providing professional development. Faculty engage students through teaching styles that range from the traditional Socratic method to experiential learning, with a rich array of classroom and field environments. Outside the classroom, they are active community members, give career advice, and provide a supportive environment for the study of pastoral caregiving and ministry. [-]

Master of Divinity Standard

Criswell College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Dallas

The goal of the Master of Divinity degree is to provide students with a biblical and theological foundation that can equip them to serve in any context of vocational ministry. [+]

Masters in Divinity. The goal of the Master of Divinity degree is to provide students with a biblical and theological foundation that can equip them to serve in any context of vocational ministry. We strive to achieve this objective by ensuring that the curriculum provides students with the combined components of a Christian worldview as well as distinctly Baptist convictions. Specifically then, students who graduate from this program will be prepared for activity in future venues such as the pastorate, chaplaincy, missions, or education. Minimum Degree Requirements (90 Hours) Biblical Studies And Langauges (39 Hours) BIB 501 Bible Introduction BIB 505 Biblical Hermeneutics GRK 501 Greek I GRK 502 Greek II HEB 501 Hebrew I HEB 502 Hebrew II NTS 501 New Testament Introduction I NTS 601 New Testament Introduction II OTS 501 Old Testament Introduction I OTS 601 Old Testament Introduction II One of the following: GRK 610 Greek Reading* GRK 620 Greek Exegetical Syntax I One of the following: HEB 610 Hebrew Reading* HEB 620 Hebrew Exegetical Method I *Greek/Hebrew Reading and Exegesis courses may be repeated for different bible books One of the following: NTS 510 New Testament Intensive OTS 510 Old Testament Intensive Theology/Philosophy Studies (24 Hours) PHI 502 Philosophy of Religion THS 504 Spiritual Foundations THS 510 Systematic Theology I THS 515 Systematic Theology II THS 550 Theology Intensive THS 603 Church History THS 604 Baptist History and Distinctives THS 635 Prolegomena and Theological Method Ministry Studies (15 Hours) EMS 501 Personal Evangelism EMS 510 Evangelism in the Early Church MIN 501 Preparation of Expository Sermons MIN 502 Delivery of Expository Sermons One of the following: CSL 510 Social, Cultural, and Family Issues EMS 550 History and Theology of Missions MIN 505 Christian Leadership THS 610 Theology of Leadership Practicum Studies (3 Hours) - MIN 715 Ministry Practicum Open Electives (9 Hours) Applied Studies AMP 500 Applied Missions Project (No Credit – Required Every Semester) RES 601 Library Research Seminar (No Credit – Required Seminar) [-]

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

International Leadership University - ILU
Campus Full time 3 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Divinity degree is a three-year program designed specifically for those in or preparing for a life-time of Christian ministry. [+]

Master of Divinity (MDiv) The Master of Divinity degree is a three-year program designed specifically for those in or preparing for a life-time of Christian ministry. Along with ministry skills, the program provides the necessary foundations in biblical languages, Bible and theology for advanced masters or doctoral degrees in Bible, theology or specific ministry studies. In keeping with the Church’s mandate to bring the Good News of redemptive transformation to the entire world, the program places emphasis on discipleship and multiplication of godly, competent leadership as the most effective means of fulfilling this mandate. [-]

Master of Divinity

North Park University
Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. [+]

Masters in Divinity. Master of Divinity Earn Your Master of Divinity As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. While historically the degree is focused on training individuals for congregational ministry, North Park’s MDiv is also excellent preparation for leadership in specialized ministries, including parachurch and nonprofit organizations. The flexibility within the degree, the Seminary’s centrality in the Evangelical Covenant Church community, and the academic and community resources at North Park allow you to explore topics unique to your current and future ministries while you develop the theological and formational foundation you need for your vocational life. Why North Park? As the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a school committed to our home in Chicago, North Park Theological Seminary draws men and women from diverse backgrounds to work together as they explore their calls to ministry. You’ll learn alongside individuals from many Christian traditions; this rich academic culture is made distinctive by the close relationships fostered among students and faculty. North Park’s program can be tailored for students of all ages and calls, and is committed to developing leaders who are missionary competent—women and men who can serve with compassion and confidence across many cultures and locations. Study In-Person and Online An MDiv can be completed in three years of full-time study and internship, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time and through a combination of in-person, online, and intensive hybrid courses. Course Areas The MDiv curriculum provides foundational knowledge in the Bible, Christian history, theology, and ancient languages, while also delivering essential skills in areas like preaching and leadership. Students can take advantage of other centers of excellence at North Park University, including courses in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Alumni Profile “The gift and the blessing of a North Park Seminary education is that you are doing it with people you know you will see year after year,” says Britta Burger C’10 S’13, who with her husband Paul C’10 S13, completed an MDiv at North Park. The two pastor together at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. Where Our Alumni Serve Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center Covenant churches around the world Paraclete Press U.S. Navy Sinai Health System RefugeeOne Mayo Clinic ScholarLeaders International Peace Catalyst International Vocational Development From the moment you enter Seminary, you will be immersed in a community that places vocational development front and center alongside academic preparation. Identity and spiritual formation coursework, psychological and biblical testing, and supervised practical experience are all crucial elements of your development as a minister. Field Education Field Education complements your academic work at North Park Theological Seminary. Eleven credits earned from classes and internship will give further context to your studies, help you learn to navigate interpersonal relationships from a pastoral perspective, and give you insights into ministry organization. Community Life A Seminary education goes far beyond the classroom. North Park Theological Seminary offers numerous opportunities, including on-campus housing, community events, and worship services, all within the world-class city of Chicago. Credentialing in the ECC Ordination in the ECC is a multi-step process, and requires advanced theological training. Our master of divinity covers all the educational requirements for Ordination to Word and Sacrament in the denomination. As the only ECC seminary, North Park is uniquely equipped to walk alongside you as you earn your degree and move into ministry and the credentialing process, starting with our Call to Ministry experience specifically for individuals wanting to serve in Covenant churches. [-]

Master of Divinity (Talbot School of Theology)

Biola University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Los Angeles

The mission of the Master of Divinity program at Talbot School of Theology is to equip servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the church. [+]

Master of Divinity (Talbot School of Theology)

The mission of the Master of Divinity program at Talbot School of Theology is to equip servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the church.

Goals

The Master of Divinity program aims to produce students who:

    Understand the Word of God and exegete it accurately.     Communicate accurately the Word of God including the modes of preaching, teaching, counseling, evangelism and writing.     Behave Christianly.     Are committed to lead people into worldwide ministry.     Comprehend the doctrines of our faith community and their development.     Value and acquire the skills needed to lead the diverse Christian community and equip others to lead in ministry. ... [-]

Master of Divinity - Master of Business Administration

Godbold Graduate School of Business
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Boiling Springs

The M.Div./M.B.A. program is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree and the 36-hour M.B.A. degree. [+]

Master of Divinity - Master of Business Administration

The M.Div./M.B.A. program is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree and the 36-hour M.B.A. degree. This degree is designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students' ministry. Students will register for these courses through the Divinity School and will be awarded the dual degrees upon completion of the requirements for both degrees.

Purpose

The M.Div./M.B.A. program is designed to enhance the administrative skills and expertise of ministers by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.B.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration.... [-]