Master of Divinity Program

Union University California

Program Description

Master of Divinity Program

Union University California


Languages offered: English, Vietnamese


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 the 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.


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 the 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.


An applicant must complete an online admission application and submit 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.

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 principal 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 18, 2017
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