Through a thorough integration of biblical and theological knowledge with experience-based learning, our Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree will develop you as a well-rounded, Spirit-formed, servant leader. Through elective courses, you will customize your degree plan with classes that fuel your passion and equip you for your specific calling. As the recognized degree for ministry, the MDiv will prepare you for full-time vocational ministry as a pastor, chaplain, missionary, or parachurch organization leader. This degree will also prepare you for further studies in Divinity. You can earn your Master of Divinity online or on-ground (Southlake).
The Master of Divinity degree program seeks to:
- Prepare men and women for ministry within their own particular communities of faith and cultures;
- Provide students with knowledge of Scripture and the tools and methods to interpret Scripture;
- Equip candidates with practical ministry skills in leadership, preaching, worship, teaching, care-giving, and administration.
- Assist students in developing a theology of ministry that is relevant to the context of their calling;
- Develop practical ministry skills through supervised ministry experiences;
- Encourage students to develop their unique spiritual gifts and to integrate these gifts into their theological studies and ministries.
Upon completion, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret and properly apply biblical texts using sound hermeneutical principles and exegetical methods;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the heritage, traditions, and practices of the Church;
- Articulate a biblically-based theology of ministry based on knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church;
- Integrate biblical and theological knowledge with the practices of ministry;
- Communicate God’s truth clearly, accurately, and convincingly to a single individual or a community;
- Articulate knowledge of and show ability to do the basic tasks of ministry.
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
In order to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their background in biblical studies, all Master of Divinity students are required to take the Graduate Bible Assessment upon admission to the university. Students are also required to attend an introductory workshop on Old Testament, New Testament, and Biblical Interpretation. The workshop will be waived for those students whose Graduate Bible Assessment score is 75% or higher. This workshop must be completed before students are permitted to enroll in graduate Bible or hermeneutics courses.