Overview: Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
The Master of Divinity program is a masters degree designed primarily as preparation for congregation-based ministries. Our multi-site locations offer M.Div. students the ability to work through their degree in either a residential or urban ministry format, cohort model, or through online theological education that incorporates residential intensives.
Flexibility has been built into the program for a wide variety of areas of concentration. This is made possible by the large segment of core elective and elective hours provided in the program. By using these elective hours, students who desire more intensive training in specialized forms of ministry, such as spiritual formation, pastoral counseling, or Christian education, may acquire concentrations in these areas of preparation.
Students may elect to complete a specialization within their Masters of Divinity degree by taking 5 specified courses from one of the following specializations. Those opting for a specialization must declare so within the first 32 hours.
M.Div. Concentrations include:
- Church Planting
- Aging and Spirituality
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Discipleship
- Christian Leadership
- Intercultural Studies
- Pastoral Counseling
- Spiritual Formation
- Theological Studies
- Youth Ministry
Master of Divinity Program Level Outcomes
- Demonstrate ability to interpret Scripture for contemporary settings at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #1 – Scripture)
- Communicate knowledge of Christian theology for catechesis and apologetics, with particular attention to the Wesleyan-holiness tradition at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #2 – Theology)
- Conduct social and cultural analysis for the interpretation of the gospel in contemporary settings at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #3 – Worldview & Witness)
- Practice a Wesleyan understanding of personal and social holiness at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #4 – Formation)
- Apply practical skills in a ministry specialization of Christian service at a developing level. (Corresponds to Masters Core Goal #5 – Vocational Praxis)