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

Admissions Requirements

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 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
BIN500   Introduction to Hermeneutics     3 hours
BSO500   Introduction to Old Testament     3 hours
BSN500   Introduction to New Testament     3 hours
BSO601   Old Testament Word Studies     3 hours
BSO___   One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book)   3 hours
BSN601   New Testament Word Studies     3 hours
BSN___   One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book)   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

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

CHOOSE ONE
MIN520   Homiletics     3 hours
MIN524   Teaching the Bible     3 hours

Total hours  60
Track   12

Total required hours   72

M.Div. Track: 12 hours (choose one of seven tracks)

 

Pastoral Studies

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

 

Local Church Ministry

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

 

Language Tools

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

 

Military Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy and Ministry Studies: 12 hours
CHA578 Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry 3
CHA620 Constitutional Foundation for Military Chaplaincy 3
CHA624 Personal Ethics for Military Chaplains or  
MIN620 Issues in Counseling 3
CHA630 Theo. Found. for Chap. Min. in a Pluralistic Setting 3 

 

Hospital Chaplaincy

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

 

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

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

 

Marriage and Family Counseling

Counseling Studies: 12 hours
MFC620 Human Dev. & Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan 3
MFC622 Marriage Counseling 3
MFC624 Family Counseling 3
MFC626 Professional Ethics in Counseling & Psych. Casework 3