Overview

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) 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 seven tracks.

Tracks
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Local Church Ministry
  • Language Tools
  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
 

Request Information

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited or recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.50. The student must also demonstrate an aptitude for graduate studies evidenced by one of the following: transcript record, the GRE, or current ministry involvement.

 

Objectives

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 15
Church History 6
Ministry Studies 9
Elective 3
Communication 6
Track of Choice 12
Total 72

Degree Completion Plan

Specific Requirements for Admission

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited or recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.50. The student must also demonstrate an aptitude for graduate studies evidenced by one of the following: transcript record, the GRE, or current ministry involvement.

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program

Eight years

Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont

36 hours

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing

Transfer and Advanced Standing are not to exceed 50% of degree requirements. Advanced Standing is permissible up to 24 semester hours of applicable courses, except no Advanced Standing is allowed toward degree completion if the Military Chaplaincy track is chosen.

Length of Program and Graduation

The program is 72 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of the prescribed courses (including Transfer and Advanced Standing) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.50.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.