Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)
“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 designed to prepare students for enhanced ministry in their churches. Accordingly, the degree program is highly focused 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.
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 with us.
As a preparation for vocational ministry, our MDiv classes focus on giving you the core skills needed to understand and apply the Bible in your particular cultural context. So, 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.
If you don’t yet have a bachelor’s, you may be interested in our Five Year BA-to-MDiv program.
Our 72-hour program is built upon study in core areas (Practical Theology, Biblical Studies, and Systematic Theology), but you have a large amount of electives within each of these areas as well as further general electives, which can be in one of the areas above or in our other MA program areas: biblical languages, apologetics, classics and philosophy.
Another feature of the MACL, MATS, and MDiv degrees at HBU is the advantage of studying at a comprehensive university. HBU offers many graduate certificates, which allows you to pursue 12 hours of coursework in another academic area. In conjunction with your MACL, MATS, and MDiv degree students are able to use 12 of the elective hours and pursue an “embedded certificate,” from another academic discipline. This allows students to focus their theological and biblical studies toward a specific area of ministry. For example:
- Church Planting – MACL/MATS/MDiv + certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Addiction Ministry – MACL/MATS/MDiv + certificate in Addiction and Recovery Studies
- Children or Family Ministry – MACL/MATS/MDiv + certificate in Marriage and Family Studies
- Human Trafficking Ministry – MACL/MATS/MDiv + certificate in Human Sexuality Studies
- Christian Life Coaching – MACL/MATS/MDiv + certificate in Professional Life Coaching
Ministry in a multifaceted world requires multifaceted preparation. The embedded certificate allows you to receive the theological and biblical preparation you need for a sustained ministry, together with focused training to equip you for the ministry to which God has called you.