Master of Divinity


Overview

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the traditional seminary degree that will prepare you for a professional ministry leadership role and ordination, whether in a church or parachurch organization or in a specialized ministry setting. This comprehensive program incorporates elements of both the Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts in Practical Theology degrees, and is the standard prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and other post-graduate degrees. Students planning to pursue ordination or terminal degrees should consult providers of those opportunities to determine specific requirements.

Length: 72 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in three to five years. The program must be completed within seven years. Students may begin the program in the fall or spring semester.
Format: The M.Div. program is offered on campus or in a distance program consisting of a combination of online and on-campus modular courses. The online program requires that a minimum of eight courses be completed via one-week modular or via traditional on-campus semester format.
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Features: The M.Div. is available in eight concentrations.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

Experience holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality.

Develop competence in Biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective.

Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training and development of communities served.

Enhance their global competence for balanced understanding, practice and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.

Advance their proficiency in the content, theory and practice of ministerial leadership.

Advance their proficiency in a specialized area of theological studies.

Core Courses

Students in the M.Div. program take 18 credit hours of "context" courses, 30 credit hours of "perspectives" courses and 18 credit hours of "concentration" courses. In addition, M.Div. students take at least three credit hours associated with a supervised ministry experience, and three credit hours associated with a summative experience.

Context Courses
UNIV LIB Library Info Research & Writing 0 credits
ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing 0 credits
SFRM 501 Spiritual Formation Foundations 3 credits
BIBL 504 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits
BOTB 500 Old Testament 3 credits
BNTB 500 New Testament 3 credits
HCHT History of Christianity (choose 1 of 4) 3 credits
THEO 500 Christian Theology 3 credits
 
Perspectives Courses
Two Intercultural Electives 6 credits
ICSD 500 World Christian Perspectives, ICSD 521 World Religions, ICSD 531 Theology of Global Missions, or ICSD 545 Cross-Cultural Communication
 
Four Interdisciplinary Electives 12 credits
One BIBL or BNTB course (New Testament), One BIBL or BOTB course (Old Testament), One HCHT course (History) and One THEO course (Theology)
 
Two Ministerial Leadership 6 credits
PMIN 501 Leadership in Church & Ministry, PMIN 524 Preparation of Biblical Messages, PMIN 525 Pulpit Ministry, or THEO 522 Christian Ethics
 
Two Language Electives 6 credits
BNTB 540 New Testament Greek 1, BNTB 541 New Testament Greek 2, or BOTB 540 Biblical Hebrew 1, BOTB 541 Biblical Hebrew 2
 
*Note: students wishing to take additional language coursework including exegesis or readings courses should take these as part of their concentration courses.
 
Concentration Courses 18 credits
 
Supervised Ministry Experience 3 credits
 
Summative Experience 3 credits
 
Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.

Concentrations

Biblical Studies

Choose from an array of course offerings related to Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical interpretation and Biblical languages. Courses include Parables of Jesus, Synoptic Gospels, Biblical Criticism, Greek I and II, and Hebrew I and II.

Chaplain Ministry

While preparing for the demands of military and institutional chaplaincy, students in this concentration take courses such as Pastoral Care, Counseling & Conflict; Christian Ethics; and Ministry Administration. Additionally, there are related courses within the School of Psychology & Counseling on topics such as crisis counseling, marriage and family, addictive behaviors, and post-traumatic stress.

Christian Theology

Focuses on the teachings of the Christian faith from Biblical, historical and global perspectives in a variety of specialized topics regarding the nature of theology, methodology, particular doctrine and practices, and other relevant themes related to the Christian life.

Church & Ministry

Provides a wide range of classes covering the theology and practice of ministry in both church and parachurch settings. Courses vary by semester and include Pastoral Theology, Women in Ministry, and Foundation for Ministry Coaching.

History of Christianity

As the name suggests, students choose from a selection of course offerings related to the history of Christianity including period classes and historical studies on specialized topics. Courses vary by semester but include Early Christianity, Medieval Christianity, and Women in Christian & Pentecostal History.

Intercultural Studies

Designed to enhance the global competence of students and to prepare them for serving in a diverse range of cultural contexts. Courses vary by semester and include History of Global Missions, Cross-Cultural Communication, and African Pentecostal Theology.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students can choose courses from across the disciplines represented within the School of Divinity in order to tailor a program concentration to their individual academic and ministry interests. In addition, it is possible to take up to two courses from another graduate school within Regent University so students can develop other skills and perspectives that will enhance their ministry preparation.

Missional Discipleship

In partnership with the Master's Institute of Minneapolis, Minn., this concentration addresses the challenges of missional discipleship with a particular emphasis on Lutheran studies. Courses like Models of Biblical Discipleship and Bonheoffer and Life Together prepare students to bring Biblical, historical and theological resources to bear on contemporary missional, pastoral and discipleship tasks in the North American context. To apply to Regent online, please follow application instructions. Within the application form, choose the "Master of Divinity" degree program. Indicate "Missional Discipleship" as your concentration. If you are part of the Master's Institute, in Step 7 of 9 of your application (under "Additional Information") please note "Referral by Master's Institute."

Worship & Renewal

Designed for students who desire to deepen their theological, historical and practical understanding of worship and renewal, this concentration includes Worship: Biblical Perspectives; Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs; Contemporary Worship; and the Worship Leader.



Ray Johnson, M.Div. '08

Ray Johnson, M.Div. '08

Pastor, Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula

"The way the program is organized with a practical approach and real-world exposure is exactly what a seminary student needs. That experience is what gave me all the tools one would need in starting a church."


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