Graduate School of Theology - Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic degree in theological education. It is an 84-hour comprehensive program of studies designed to prepare graduates to serve as pulpit ministers, counselors, Christian educators, campus ministers, other ministers of the church and chaplains, and it provides the foundation for the PhD, Th.D. and DMin degrees. This three-year program seeks to provide a knowledge of the Bible and related disciplines, to integrate the knowledge of these disciplines with the skills for various ministries and to provide the opportunity for spiritual formation. Co-curricular experiences, such as the mentoring program and graduate chapel, seek to nurture the whole person in preparation for ministry.   

Persons admitted with some advanced theological study or with extensive undergraduate studies in Bible, religion, and ministry may receive up to 9 hours of advanced placement. Consult with the advisor.

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY (MINISTRY)

Tim Sensing, Advisor
ACU Box 29416, Abilene, Texas 79699-9416
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 307

Phone: 325-674-3792
Fax: 325-674-6716
Email: sensingt@acu.edu

Major Code: BMDI

Requirements for the MDIV in ministry are:

  1. Context, 15 hours:
    BIBM 602 GST Orientation
    BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
    BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry
    BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts
    BIBM 629 Field Education or
           BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry
    BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
    a.  Scripture, 15 hours:
          BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
          BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
          BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
                BIBL 621 New Testament Theology or
        
           Text Elective 
         Text Elective, 6 hours
    b.   History, 9-12 hours:  
          BIBH 651 History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
          BIBH 652 History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present
          BIBH 664  Advanced Restoration History
          History elective or 
         
           Theology elective (area 3b)
  3. Interpretation, 21-24 hours:
    a.  Theological Languages, 15 hours:
          BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I
          BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II  
          BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I   
          BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II
          BGRK 621 Intermediate New Testament Greek or
                BHEB 681 Intermediate Hebrew Readings
    b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours:
          BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
          Philosophy or Theology elective
          Theology elective or
                History elective (area 2b)
  4. The Church's Mission, 12 hours:
     BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
     Ministry/Missions electives, 9 hours
  5. Electives, 9 hours.
  6. English Bible Exam. 
  7. E-portfolio review.

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MASTER OF DIVINITY (MISSIONS)

Chris Flanders, Advisor
ACU Box 29441, Abilene, Texas 79699-9441
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 301-302

Phone: 325-674-3742
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: chris.flanders@bible.acu.edu

The missions track is designed for those who plan to evangelize domestically or abroad. It also equips students with advanced academic skills in preparation for doctoral work.

Major Code: MDVM

Requirements for the Master of Divinity in missions are: 

  1. Context. 15 hours:  
    BIBM 602
    GST Orientation
    BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
    BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry
    BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts
    BIBM 629 Field Education or
       
      BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry
    BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
    a.  Scripture, 15 hours:
         BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
         BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
         BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
               
    BIBL 621 New Testament Theology or
              
    Text Elective
        Text Electives, 6 hours
    b.  History, 9-12 hours:
          BIBH 651 History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval or
               
    BIBH 674 Mission and Expansion of Christianity
          BIBH 652 History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present or
                BMIS 673 History of Missions
          BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
          History elective or
               
     Theology elective (area 3b)
  3. Interpretation, 21-24 hours:
    a.  Theological Languages, 15 hours:
         BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I    
         BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II
         BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I
         BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II
         BGRK 621 Intermediate New Testament Greek or
          
         BHEB 681 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I
    b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours:
         BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology or
          
        BIBD 678 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
         BMIS 675 Theology of Mission
         Theology elective or
               History elective (area 2b)
  4. The Church's Mission, 15 hours:
    BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
    Missions electives, 12 hours
  5. Electives, 6 hours.
  6. English Bible Exam.
  7. E-portfolio review.

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