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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Expand your ministry career.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the most comprehensive formational degree for ministry that ACU’s Graduate School of Theology offers.

The M.Div. is designed to offer you a firm grounding in scripture, history and theology as well as training in practical ministry skills such as the art of preaching and reading cultures and contexts. This graduate degree, which offers missions or ministry concentration, will prepare you to enter into ministry or expand your current vocation; it also provides a solid foundation for further study in Ph.D., Th.D. and D.Min programs.

Our program emphasizes learning in context – you will explore case studies and participate in sketching and ministry scenarios. Weekly mentoring groups provide an informal setting for prayer and discussion among your peers and faculty mentors.

Our missions program, the only one of its kind among Association for Theological Schools-accredited programs, is geared toward those looking to engage the world through church planting and intercultural and global missions.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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Program Overview

Credit hours 72
Degree Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Program length 3 - 4 years
Tracks 2
Application deadline for Fall 2018   August 10, 2018


You will take courses such as:

  • Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
  • New Testament Theology
  • Introduction to Hebrew I
  • Christian Mission in a Global Context
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  • Ministry
  • Missions

What outcomes can you expect?

Contemporary Culture: Graduates will have ability to integrate theology in contemporary cultural contexts
  1. Critically interprets the role of historical and cultural contexts in the formation of theological perspectives
  2. Discovers and analyzes the key elements of a cultural context, including congregations and a culture other than one’s own
  3. Constructs specific theological proposals that are in accordance with the purposes of God’s Kingdom and appropriately suited to particular contexts
  4. Formulates and begins to practice a coherent Christian engagement with secular culture and with different religions
  5. Explains one’s core theological commitments and applies them effectively to address the spiritual, ecclesial, ethical, and social issues of one’s context
  6. Exercises effective pastoral leadership, based on a clear understanding of a congregation’s culture, in shaping the sacramental and symbolic life of the church in accordance with the contextualized practice of its mission
  7. Implements practical theological proposals according to the needs of particular contexts, including multicultural and cross-cultural contexts
  8. Effectively embodies the Gospel in ways that integrate theological insight with the competent interpretation of one’s context
  9. Facilitates a critical engagement between theological insights and other areas of knowledge and practice
History: Awareness of the historical and contemporary beliefs and practices of the worldwide church, and the Stone-Campbell heritage in particular
  1. Comprehends and evaluates the key figures, movements, and events of church history
  2. Comprehends and evaluates the key beliefs and practices of contemporary global Christianity
  3. Exhibits critical reflection on and mature respect for the historic and contemporary beliefs and practices of the Stone-Campbell heritage (or one’s own tradition)
  4. Critically analyzes one’s own theological and spiritual practices in relation to historic and contemporary Christianity, especially that of the Stone-Campbell heritage (or one’s own tradition)
  5. Critically analyzes contemporary situations in light of historical knowledge and appropriately applies that knowledge in ministerial practice