Master of Divinity

Graduation Credits 110 │ Full-time 3-yr │ Part-time 6-yr

Program Purpose

The Three-year Master of Divinity degree is the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and Christian leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings. It is the required degree for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and the recommended theological degree for admission to advanced programs oriented to theological research and teaching.

 

Program Goals

This program is aimed at nurturing servants and visionary leaders for the congregation. It tries to help students grow in spiritual depth and moral integrity, to give students comprehensive knowledge in biblical and theological studies; to nurture the capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection and the ability to articulate faith to themselves and others, to train students in developing the specific skills needed for effective ministry and public leadership, and to develop a deep understanding of the cultural and social context.

 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution accredited by a recognized agency (for a person who holds a higher diploma or an associate degree, he or she may be admitted to this program with the requirement of taking an extra 36 credits); and
  • Applicants must have been baptized at least three years prior to application for study; and
  • Evidence of the commitment and qualities desired for pastoral leadership; and
  • Proof of the academic ability to engage in graduate education.

 

Residency Requirement

Since first theological degree education has a complex goal: the personal, vocational, spiritual, and academic formation of students, and because of the importance of a comprehensive community of learning, first theological degree students should live in the dormitory for the whole study period.

Program Content

(course credits in brackets)

 

i) Biblical Theology

Core Courses

 OT1000 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)

 NT1000 Introduction to the New Testament (3)

 LGk1001-1002 Greek or

 LHb1001-1002 Biblical Hebrew (6)

Guided Electives

 2 courses on OT (6)

 2 courses on NT (6)

Electives (2 courses) (6)

 

ii) Systematic Theology

Core Courses

 CH1003 Church History I (3)

 DM1000 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

 CT1000 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3)

Guided Electives

 1 course on CH/HT (3)

 2 courses on DM/CT (6)

Electives (1 course) (3)

 

iii) Practical Theology

Core Courses

 PT1004 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3)

 HM1000 Introduction to Homiletics (3)

 CE1000 Introduction to Christian Education (3)

 SW1002 Spiritual Formation (3)

 WL1000 Introduction to Worship and Liturgy (3)

 MC1000 Introduction to Missiology (3)

 HM2000 Homiletic Practicum (3)

 CP2001 Christian Counseling (3)

 CP2017/PT2052 Personal Growth (3)

 DK2000/OT2012/NT2011 Biblical Perspectives on Diakonia (3)

 PT3003 Church Administration and Christian Leadership (3)

Electives (2 courses) (6)

 

iv) Integrated Studies

Core Courses

 IS4003 Integrative Seminar (2)

 

v) Practical Training

Core Courses

 MU1000 Choir (6)

 FE1000-1002 Field Education (9)

 

vi) Free Electives

1 course (3)