Master of Divinity


Program Description

This program offers experienced ministers opportunities to hone skills in theological reflection, research design, and methods within a specified area of ministry to improve their service and leadership among God's people. Refine the theological basis for ministry in their area of specialization. Describe and evaluate various approaches to conflict resolution within Christian organizations. Use appropriate research methodology to evaluate and improve their practice of ministry. Complete a Capstone Ministry Project reflecting their theological basis for ministry and their understanding of sound research principles.



Unit Credits

A. Biblical Theology (core) 12 Credits
B. Systematic Theology (core) 9 Credits
C. Church Historical Theology (core) 9 Credits
D. Mission& Leadership Theology (core) 15 Credits
E. Practical Theology (core) 9 Credits
F. Any 500 or 600 Level Courses from Graduate Studies Class Listings 24 Credits
G. Thesis Optional (If Non-Thesis)
Total Credits 78 Credits

Required Courses

A. Biblical Theology (core) ( 3 Credits)
GRE 551 Elementary New Testament Greek
HEB 521 Elementary Biblical Hebrew
ODT 500 Introduction to the Old Testament
NWT 501 Introduction to the New Testament
B. Systematic Theology (core)
THE 501 Introduction to Christian Theology
THE 715 Reformation Theology
THE 725 Contemporary Theology
C. Church Historical Theology (core)
CHI 510 The History of Christianity 1
CHI 511 The History of Christianity 2
CHI 630 History of Modern Christianity
D. Mission & Leadership Theology (core)
LEA 510 Introduction to Pastoral Leadership
PAM 771 Theology of Conflict Management for Ministry
PAM 790 Effective Communication Skills for Ministry
PAM 720 Principles & Strategies for Church Planting
MIS 600 Introduction to Missions
E. Practical Theology (core)
PRE 501 Principles of Preaching
CHI 651 Christian Education Ministry with Adults
PAM 501 Introduction to Pastoral Care
F. Any 500 or 600 Level Courses from Graduate Studies Class Listings
GREEK
GRE 552 Intermediate New Testament Greek
GRE 651 New Testament Greek Exegesis
GRE 652 Advanced New Testament Greek Exegesis
HEBREW
HEB 522Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
HEB 610Hebrew Reading:
HEB 650Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.
HEB 661Intermediate Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
HEB780Advanced Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
BBS 510Biblical Hermeneutics
OLD TESTAMENT
ODT 520Old Testament History
ODT 501Studies of the Old Testament
ODT 611Studies in the Pentateuch
ODT 612Studies in the Old Testament Historical Books
ODT 622Old Testament Wisdom Literature
ODT 665Studies in Post-exilic Old Testament Literature
ODT 685Selected Topics in the Old Testament
ODT 721The Psalms
ODT 761The Book of Isaiah
ODT 762Jeremiah & Ezekiel
ODT 763Selected Minor Prophets of the Old Testament
ODT 790Independent Research in the Old Testament
ODT 795Old Testament Thesis
NEW TESTAMENT
NWT 620The Ministry & Message of Jesus
NWT 623The Life & Letters of St. Paul
NWT 637The General Epistles
NWT 685Selected Topics in the New Testament
NWT 721The Synoptic Gospels
NWT 722The Gospel & Letters of John
NWT 725Book of Acts
NWT 731Epistle to the Romans
NWT 733Epistles to the Corinthians
NWT 734Selected Pauline Epistles
NWT 735Epistle to the Hebrews
NWT 761Revelation and Related Apocalyptic Literature
NEW 771Early Judaism and the New Testament
NWT 790Independent Research in the New Testament
NWT 795New Testament Thesis
THEOLOGY
THE 510History of Christian Doctrine
THE 610The Doctrine of God
THE 620The Doctrine of Christ
THE 630The Doctrine of Salvation
THE 640The Doctrine of the Church
THE 685Selected Topics in Theology
THE 655Theology of Individual Denominations
THE 685Selected Topics in Theological Studies
THE 721Modern Theological Thinkers
THE 795Thesis in Theology
CHURCH HISTORY
CHI 610History of the Early Church
CHI 620History of the Reformation
CHI 655History of Individual Denominations
CHI 730Women in Church History
CHI 732History of American Christianity
CHI 735History of the Black Church in America
CHI 740History of Global Christianity
CHI 790Independent Research in Church History
CHI 795Thesis in Church History
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
LEA/CED 520Great Commission Discipleship
LEA 550Transformational Leadership
LEA 600Advanced Leadership Skills for the Twenty-First Century
LEA 660Strategic and Organizational Leadership
LEA 670Leadership in Postmodern Culture
LEA 685Selected Topics in Pastoral Leadership
LEA 750Developing Leadership in the Local Church
LEA 790Independent Research in Pastoral Leadership
PREACHING
PRE 621The History of Christian Preaching
PRE 622Preaching Resources
PRE 623Preaching on Contemporary Issues
PRE 625Preaching within Ethnic Traditions
PRE 720The Art of Expository Preaching
PRE 721Preaching Themes in Biblical Literature
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
CED 500Great Commission Discipleship
CHE 631Ministry with Children
CHI641Ministry with Youth
CHI 651Christian Education Ministry with Adults
CHI 685Selected Topics in Christian Education
CHI 740 The Teaching Congregation
MINISTRY
PAM 640Grief Counseling
PAM 680Legal Issues in Ministry
PAM 740Technology in Ministry 
PAM 770Conflict Resolution in the Local Church
PAM780Principles & Strategies for Church Growth
MISSIONS / EVANGELISM
CUL 620Culture and Context
MIS 520History & Theology of Evangelism & Missions
MIS 602Cross Cultural Communication of the Gospel
MIS 685Selected Topics in Missional Evangelism
PAM 720Principles & Strategies for Church Planting
EVA 731Evangelism an Urban Setting
MIS 780Missions Practicum
MIS 790Independent Research in Missions
MIS 791Ministry for Immigrant Society
WORSHIP
WOR 510Introduction to Christian Worship 
WOR 520History of Christian Worship
WOR 630Early Christian Worship
WOR 640Western Worship Traditions
WOR 685Selected Topics in Christian Worship
WOR 740Worship and Sacraments
WOR 750Contemporary Worship
WOR 780Worship Practicum


G. Thesis

Upon completion of all coursework and other requirements of the program, a student may enroll in thesis writing as an optional.

Proposal Defense
Only if and when the adviser has approved the defense of the thesis should the student enroll for proposal defense. If revisions in the thesis are required by the proposal defense panel, the revised version should be submitted to the members of the proposal defense panel within the allotted period. Failure to do so is considered failed the proposal defense and needs to repeat the entire thesis cycle.

Final Defense
Students who have successfully completed the Proposal Defense are qualified to apply for the Final Defense. If revisions in the thesis are required by the proposal defense panel, the revised version should be submitted to the members of the proposal defense panel within the allotted period. Failure to do so is considered failed the proposal defense and needs to repeat the entire thesis cycle.