The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) non language program is designed to prepare competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve effectively as pastors or leaders in other Christian ministries, including the chaplaincy.  The curriculum gives both a basic foundation for the work of the ministry and a balanced, well-rounded biblical and theological perspective.  Students may choose from one of six tracks.








Piedmont International University has transformed my life and ministry for the Lord.  I chose this school for its consistent doctrinal teaching at all academic levels and for its dispensational approach to Scripture.  The faculty and staff go the extra mile to help students receive the best education possible.  If you want the best academic training for ministry, choose Piedmont!

Ward Harris, B.A.B.S, M.A.B.S., Ph.D. in Progress
Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, and Bible Teacher
Ripplemead, VA

Loved my time here. Solid teaching from loving and invested teachers and staff! They are compassionate, involved people that truly love God.

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Admissions Requirements

The student must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Display of aptitude for Graduate studies by transcripts, the GRE, or ministry achievement
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Follow all steps of admissions


Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate through messages, lectures, or journal articles a general knowledge of the Bible (original languages or English translation) and an in-depth understanding of selected books using a literal hermeneutic leading to a dispensational, premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Exhibit competence in providing appropriate spiritual counsel or guidance in a church, hospital, military, or cross-cultural setting
  • Conduct graduate-level research on a ministry related subject, as demonstrated in a paper using clear English and standard procedures
  • Explain and contrast the basic tenets of Christian theology and principles of ministry from a perspective of Christian maturity and Baptist distinctives
  • Develop, implement, and assess strategies for effective ministry

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 21
Theology 18
Church History 6
Ministry Studies 6
Electives 6
Research 3
Track of Choice 12
Total 72

Degree Completion Plan

THE500   Theology I     3 hours
THE501   Theology II     3 hours
THE502   Theology III     3 hours
THE503   Theology IV      3 hours
THE505   Dispensationalism     3 hours
THE517   Apologetics     3 hours
BLH600   Hebrew I     3 hours
BLH601  Hebrew II     3 hours
BLG500  Greek I     3 hours
BLG501  Greek II     3 hours
BIN500   Introduction to Hermeneutics     3 hours
BSO500   Introduction to Old Testament     3 hours
BSN500   Introduction to New Testament     3 hours
MIN507   Evangelism     3 hours
                elective from 500-699 level courses     3 hours
               elective from 500-699 level courses     3 hours
HIS511   Baptist History and Distinctives     3 hours
RES511   Research: Writing and Communication     3  hours

HIS500   Church History I     3 hours
HIS501   Church History II     3 hours

MIN520   Homiletics     3 hours
MIN524   Teaching the Bible     3 hours

Total hours  60
Track   12

Total required hours   72

Choose one of six tracks

Pastoral Studies

MIN620   Issues in Counseling     3 hours
MIN500   Leadership and Vision Casting     3 hours
MIN525   Discipleship and Christian Education     3 hours
MIN522   Biblical Preaching      3 hours
Total 12 hours


Local Church Ministry

MIN525   Discipleship and Christian Education     3 hours
MIN540   Spiritual Discipline and Development     3 hours
MIN550   Critical Issues of the Ministry     3 hours
MIN562   Contemporary Strategies in Family Ministry     3 hours
Total 12 hours


Language Tools

BSO601   Old Testament Word Studies     3 hours
BSO___   One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)   3 hours
BSN601   New Testament Word Studies      3 hours
BSN___   One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)   3 hours
Total 12 hours

Military Chaplaincy

CHA578   Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry     3 hours
CHA620   Constitutional Foundation for Military Chaplaincy     3 hours
CHA630   Theo. Found. for Chap. Min. in a Pluralistic Setting     3 hours

CHA624   Personal Ethics for Military Chaplains     3 hours
MIN620   Issues in Counseling     3 hours
Total 12 hours


Hospital Chaplaincy

CHA578   Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry     3 hours
CHA672   Clinical Pastoral Education     6 hours
MIN552   Problems in Ethics     3 hours
Total 12 hours

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

CHA578   Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry     3 hours
MIN503   Bridging Cultural Gaps     3 hours
MIN552   Problems in Ethics     3 hours
MIN621   Marriage and Family Counseling      3 hours
Total 12 hours

Our passion is to graduate men and women who are thoroughly equipped to be successful leaders who obey the Great Commandment, fulfill the Great Commission, and live abundant lives for the glory of God.