MASTER OF DIVINITY (M. Div.)

Program Overview

The Master of Divinity equips servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the church. Students will be provided not only with courses in Biblical studies, Church History, and Theology, but also in Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Studies, History of Missions and Missiology.

Objectives

  • Behave Christianly by valuing and pursuing Christian character.
  • Will learn an accurate knowledge of self in light of the knowledge of God and will apply course material to their lives
  • Demonstrate and be committed to an accurate exposition of the Word of God.
  • Will learn pertinent background information for Bible books, the evangelical principles of literary interpretation of the Word of God, and exegetical skills for the exposition of biblical texts from the original languages.
  • Comprehend historical theology.
  • Will be cognizant of and value the historical development of doctrine and the significance of this history for the contemporary situation
  • Will learn and recall the essential doctrines of our faith community, write theological papers using the inductive method of theological study, critique theological writing, and apply abstract theological concepts to concrete situations.
  • Will learn to apply the biblical author’s intended purpose of a Bible passage in a manner relevant to the lives of their hearers
  • Write a graduate level research paper that is well organized, well supported, uses appropriate sources, and adheres to appropriate form and style guidelines
  • Will learn basic relationship skills, counseling skills, ethical guidelines in pastoral counseling, and develop a plan for referring some counselees

Outcomes

  • Graduates understand the Word of God and exegete it accurately;
  • Graduates will communicate accurately the Word of God including the modes of preaching, teaching, counseling, evangelism and writing;
  • Graduates will behave Christianly;
  • Graduates will be committed to lead people into worldwide ministry;
  • Graduates will comprehend the doctrines of our faith community and their development and;
  • Graduates will value and acquire the skills needed to lead the diverse Christian community and equip others to lead in ministry.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a BPPE approved or accredited institution or an international institution whose degrees are equivalent to a Bachelor degree earned at a BPPE approved or accredited institution. Equivalency will be determined using standards established by the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Applicants must submit official copies of all undergraduate education in order to have their application deemed as complete.
  • Submission of a personal application form with an application fee of $50.
  • Submission of an essay that details the applicant’s Christian faith, experience and their goals for pursuing ministry training.
  • Submission of three letters of reference, one from a former professor and one from a pastor or minister.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 94 semester units, including a dissertation, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for all course work
  • Completion of all financial requirements.
  • Completion of all course work within 9-year time span from date of entry.
  • File an application of Intent to Graduate with the school office 6 weeks prior to graduation to certify that all graduation requirements have been met.

 

 

  • Master of Divinity Curriculum (Three-Year Plan): 94 Units
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Co. No. Courses Units Co. No. Courses Units
First Year First Year
BI500 Old Testament Survey 3 TH503 Systematic Theology II 3
TH500 Survey of Church History I 3 TH501 Survey of Church History II 3
TH502 Systematic Theology I 3 MS542 The Making of a Leader 3
BI516 Intermediate Greek 3 BI551 Synoptic Gospels 3
BI510 Elements of Hebrew 3 MN556 Power Ministry 3
MN501 Church Administration and I.T. 3 BI511 Advanced Hebrew 3
18 18
Second Year Second Year
BI525 Major Prophets 3 BI555 The Acts of the Apostles 3
MN531 Homiletics 3 TH510 Hermeneutics 3
BI502 Pentateuch 3 MS501 Biblical Principles of Missions 3
TH504 Systematic Theology III 3 MN558 Contemporary Church and Leadership 3
TH530 Ministerial Ethics(Christian Ethics) 3 CE500 Introduction to Christian Education 3
MN506 Ministry Formation I 1 MN507 Ministry Formation II 1
16 16
Third Year Third Year
MS510 Contemporary Theology of Missions 3 MS521 Healing Ministry for World Evangelization 3
BI571 General Epistles 3 MN540 Pastoral Counseling I 3
MN520 Pastoral Theology & Ministry 3 MN560 Cross-Cultural Ministry 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
MN508 Ministry Formation III 1 MN509 Ministry Formation IV 1
13 13

 


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