The Master of Divinity is a comprehensive, professional program of study designed to prepare individuals for pastoral and other gospel ministries. Built on a strong biblical and theological foundation that includes the study of the original Hebrew and Greek languages of the Bible, it balances academic excellence with practical, on-the-job training. To facilitate this total development, students pursuing the degree are encouraged to be involved regularly in a local church under the oversight of that church’s governing board. Within the local church context, students are urged to be exposed to and involved in a wide range of ministry opportunities. The program requires the completion of fifty courses (100 units).
Credit Hours: 100
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a professional degree program designed for individuals entering ministry-related professions that do not require a Master of Divinity degree. The program covers the same general subject areas as the M.Div. but does not include the study of the biblical languages. The program requires the completion of twenty-four courses (48 units). In addition to the twenty required courses (40 units), four elective courses (8 units) are also required.
In the state of Virginia the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is referred to as the Master of Christian Ministry.
Credit Hours: 48
The Certificate in Biblical Studies is a non-degree program designed especially for students who need to satisfy mission agency requirements of theological preparation, individuals considering the pursuit of a master’s degree but not yet clear on their gifts and calling, and Christian workers who have only a limited time to pursue graduate level studies but have a desire to refine their present knowledge and skills. The program requires the completion of thirteen courses (26 units).
Credit Hours: 26
The Master of Theology is a program designed for students already possessing a Master of Divinity degree. It is designed to give them further opportunity to develop their ability to study the Bible and to gain a deeper and broader comprehension of the Scriptures, to encourage them to further develop their exegetical skills and academic competency, to prepare those desiring to pursue a vocation in teaching, and to train those aspiring to doctoral studies to develop their study habits, research skills, and writing ability, and to test their calling to advanced graduate studies. The program requires the completion of a directed study seminar in each of five subject areas (15 units) and the writing of a thesis (15 units).
Credit Hours: 90
The Doctor of Ministry program is a professional degree program for those already possessing a Master of Divinity degree who are serving as pastors or otherwise actively engaged in ministry. It is designed to enhance their professional knowledge and to sharpen their practical ministry skills. Course work is timely and relevant to the needs of those serving in ministry in today’s world. Entrance into the program requires at least three years of prior ministry experience. The program requires the completion of eight courses (24 units) and a thesis dissertation project (6 units).
Credit Hours: 30