Master of Divinity

Dr. James Sweeney, Director

The Master of Divinity program will equip you for Christian service by expanding your capacity for biblical/theological reflection, nurturing individual spiritual formation, developing practical ministry skills, and fostering distinctive Christian leadership qualities. You will learn the principles of researching and delivering a sermon, leading and designing worship, and counseling those in need.  You will also study the nuances of the Greek and Hebrew languages, while learning biblical translation skills.  You will identify methods of moral decision making, evaluate scriptural models for deliberation, and formulate a biblical basis for congregational vision ministry.  Intentional, personal spiritual formation permeates the curriculum to help you solidify who you are in Christ, and then to teach others to know as well.

Some common career paths for M.Div. students are:

  • Ordained ministry
  • Vocational ministry
  • Theological/Biblical foundation for leadership in Christian ministry contexts
  • Teaching Bible or religious studies at the secondary school level
  • Personal Theological/theological enrichment in conjunction with Christian counseling
  • Service in a para-church organization
  • Spiritual direction ministry
  • Chaplaincy


The Master of Divinity is a 90-hour program that is the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and general pastoral or religious leadership responsibilities.  The program is designed for completion in three years of full-time study or in four or more years of part-time study.  Students are encouraged to select a specialization that reflects their calling, spiritual gifts, vocational career intentions, and vision.

Biblical Studies (27 credit hours)
Greek Exegesis
Greek Grammar
Hebrew Exegesis
Hebrew Grammar
Studies in Paul
New Testament Core
New Testament Foundations
Old Testament Core
Old Testament Foundations

Church History (6 credit hours)

A Survey of the History of Christianity
Church History Core

Integrated Studies (9 credit hours)

Interpreting the Bible
Foundations in Theological Studies (one credit)
Five Theological Summits (one credit each)

Personal and Ministry Formation (27 credit hours)
Church History and Polity
Discipleship Ministries: Christian Formation
The Ministerial Person
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Spiritual Formation
Supervised Ministry
Christian Leadership
Christian Worship

Theological Studies (12 credit hours)

Worldviews, Perspectives, and Christianity
Theology I
Theology II
Christian Ethics

Electives (9 credit hours)
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