Master of Divinity (MDiv Degree)
“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
The Department of Theology offers the Master of Divinity (MDiv) as an integrated approach to Christian theological graduate education. The program is specifically designed to prepare students for enhanced ministry in their churches. Accordingly, the degree program is highly focused on personal formation and practical experience in ministry settings, in addition to more traditional classes in order to prepare you for serving in a church or parachurch ministry.
Holistic and Culturally Relevant
Whether your specific classes focus on biblical, systematic or practical theology, our goal is to help you integrate these so that your ministry is holistic – faithful to God’s word and relevant to our culture.
The idea and practice of discipleship drives the heart of the program. As many have noted before, faith is caught, not just taught, and this principle drives our MDiv degree program.
Integrating a seminar-style education in our small 10-15 person classes ensures that our students learn to think for themselves while practicing the art of discipleship and growing in relationship with one another.
Spiritually Formed and Informed
Our courses are designed to take students deeper in their own personal relationships with God and provide them with the skills they need to engage others in deepening their own relationships.
Ministry in a multifaceted world requires multifaceted preparation. As a preparation for vocational ministry, our classes focus on giving you the core skills needed to understand and apply the Bible in your particular cultural context. Our 72-hour Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is built upon study in these core areas (Practical Theology, Biblical Studies, and Systematic Theology). However, our degree also offers students the flexibility they need through the choice of elective courses, which can be in the core study areas or drawn from our other MA program areas: biblical languages, apologetics, classics and philosophy.
Our Master of Divinity degree program is shorter than most to make it easier and more cost effective for students. We also offer the majority of our classes in the evening, in classes that meet one night per week, so you can easily wrap your studies around your work commitments.
Internship and Ministry Formation
Discipleship is not just learning about ministry; it happens most fully when you can practice the skill and lead others in it. Our intention is that you don’t lose your focus on the Church while engaging with theology academically. As a result, we have a large number of ministry classes in the program, and all students work in an internship throughout the program. This way, you are constantly connecting what goes on in the classroom with real ministry experience.
We value and draw from our Baptist heritage, but our faculty and students represent a range of evangelical traditions and denominations. Thus, we welcome anyone who would wish to study in the MDiv degree program.