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.
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.
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