Curriculum

The following are the course requirements for the M.Div. degree program. Classes are divided into the categories of context, story of the church, interpretation, and the church's mission. Context teaches students to integrate theology in contemporary cultural contexts. The Story of the Church explores the narrative of God's people both in Scripture and in the history of Christianity. Interpretation helps students develop the theological skills of biblical language proficiency and a theological method. Finally, The Church's Mission, teaches specific ministry and missions skills relevant to the student's intended vocational outcomes.

Additionally, the e-Portfolio Review and English Bible Exam represent co-curricular assignments focused on measuring the outcomes of theological knowledge and the ability to synthesize that knowledge with a ministry context.

Requirements for the Master's of Divinity in ministry, 72-hour degree program, are:
  1. Context, 12 hours:
             BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0)         
             BIBM 640 Theological Reflection and Practice (0)
             BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry (3)
             BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry (3)
             BIBM 629 Field Education (3) or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry (3)
             BIBM 658 The Practice of Ministerial Leadership (3)
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
        a. Scripture, 15 hours
             BIBL 610 Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament (3)
             BIBL 620 Critical Interpretation of the New Testament (3)
             BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology (3) or BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (3) or Text Elective (3)
             Exegetical Seminar or Text elective (3)
             Intermediate language or Text elective (3)
        b. History, 9-12 hours
             BIBH 651 History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval (3)
             BIBH 652 History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present (3)
             BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History (3)
             History elective (see area 3b) (3)
  3.  Interpretation, 18-21 hours:
       a. Theological Languages, 12 hours
             BGRK 611 Greek I (3)
             BGRK 612 Greek II (3)
             BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I (3)
             BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II (3)
       b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
             BIBD 660 Systematic Theology I (3)
             Philosophy or Theology elective (3)
             Theology or History elective (area 2b) (3)
  4.  The Church’s Mission, 15 hours:
             BIBM 648 Spiritual Formation (3)
             Missions elective (3)
             Ministry elective (3)
             Ministry elective (3) 
             Free elective (3)
  5. English Bible Exam
  6. E-portfolio review
Requirements for the Masters of Divinity in missions are:
  1. Context, 12 hours:
            BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0)
            BIBM 640 Theological Reflection and Practice (0)
            BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry (3)
            BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry (3)
            BIBM 629 Field Education (3) or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry (3)
            BIBM 658 The Practice of Ministerial Leadership (3)
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
       a. Scripture, 15 hours
            BIBL 610 Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament (3)
            BIBL 620 Critical Interpretation of the New Testament (3)
            BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology (3) or BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (3) or Text Elective
            Exegetical Seminar or Text elective (3)
            Intermediate language or Text elective (3)
       b. History, 9-12 hours
            BIBH 651 History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval (3)
            BIBH 652 History of Christianity II : Reformation to Present (3)
            BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History (3)
            History elective (area 3b) (3)
  3.  Interpretation, 21-24 hours:
      a. Theological Languages, 12 hours
            BGRK 611Greek I (3)
            BGRK 612 Greek II (3)
            BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I (3)
            BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II (3)
      b. Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
            BIBD 660 Systematic Theology I (3)
            Philosophy or Theology elective (3)
            Theology or History elective (area 2b) (3)
  4. The Church’s Mission, 12 hours:
            BIBM 648 Spiritual Formation (3)
            Missions elective (3) 
            Missions elective (3)
            Missions elective (3)
            Free elective (3)
  5. English Bible Exam
  6. E-portfolio review

Persons admitted with some advanced theological study or with extensive undergraduate studies in Bible, religion, and ministry may receive up to 18 hours of advanced standing. For more information, please consult with your advisor.

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