MDiv Year 1: Personal Development

The first year of the Divinity program is intended to develop personal awareness and reflection of the interpersonal patterns, giftedness, and hindrances that emerge from one’s own story. Theological, biblical, and psychological foundations for an incarnational and missional approach to pastoral work are explored, as well as historical and critical context of biblical disciplines.

  • Fall Trimester (11 credits)
    • BTI 502 – Reading Practices: Engaging the Biblical Text (2)
    • CSL 527 – Faith, Hope, and Love: Ultimate Relational Concerns (2)
    • CSL 551 – First-Year Practicum Part I  (1)
    • TCE 506 – Church History I: Jesus to Renaissance (3) or
      TCE 507 – Church History II: Enlightenment to Present (3)
    • TCE 517 – Cultural Identity and Locatedness  (2)
    • TCE 517R – First Year Reading Group (1)
    • FI – Frameworks & Intersections
  • Spring Trimester (11 credits)
    • BTI 504 — Tell Me the Story of Jesus: A New Testament Survey (3)
    • BTI 511 — Introduction to Biblical Language I: Hebrew (3)
    • CSL 517 – Marriage and Family (2)
    • CSL 528 – Interpersonal Foundations (2)
    • CSL 552 – First-Year Practicum Part II (1)
  • Summer Trimester (7 credits)
    • BTI 503 – Old Testament Genre (3)
    • BTI 530 — Textual Synthesis: Book of Ruth (2)
    • CSL 509 — Multicultural Perspectives (2)

MDiv Year 2: Christianity in Context

The second year of the Divinity program engages the context of the church in historical, biblical, and theological disciplines. Students gain knowledge of the diversity of Christian theology and church expression throughout the centuries and especially in today’s postmodern and global world. Students also develop an understanding of the philosophical and cultural influences on Christianity’s development, especially in the Western context.

  • Fall Trimester (10 credits)
    • BTI 512 – Introduction to Biblical Languages II: Greek (2)
    • TCE 507 – Church History II: Enlightenment to Present (3) or
      TCE 506 – Church History I: Jesus to Renaissance (3)
    • TCE 528 – Biblical Theology, Narrative, & Social Ethics (2) or
      Elective
    • TCE 508 – Theology I: God, Humanity, & Christ (2)
    • TCE 508R – Theology I Reading Group (1)
  • Spring Trimester (9 credits)
    • BTI 540 – Textual Synthesis II: Book of Galatians (2)
    • SFD 601 – Spiritual Formation: Prayer, Practice, & Presence (2)
    • TCE 502 — Mission as Faithful Presence or
      RLM 505 – Homiletics: Crafting Transformational Moments (2)
    • TCE 509 – Theology II: Spirit, Church, and Last Things (2)
    • TCE 509R – Theology II Reading Group (1)
  • Summer Trimester (6 credits)
    • RLM 503 – Life Together I: Ancient-Future Focus for Church & Worship (2) or
      Elective
    • RLM 510 – Leadership (3)
    • TCE 510 – Word & Sacrament: Theology of Spiritual Formation (2) or
      BTI 535 — Gospel of Mark (2)

MDiv Year 3: Practicing Pastoral Presence & Vocational Integration

The third year of the Divinity program is marked by ministry in context through field experience at a local faith community and the synthesis of theory and practice through the Integrative Project.

Through our Divinity curriculum’s field experience students begin the process of integrating their interpersonal skills and personal awareness with theological and pastoral skills in an actual community where they are serving. This real-world experience is combined with reflective and formative time building upon the personal development work of the first year as they engage their leadership style and vocational calling.

The Integrative Project is an opportunity for students to focus the vast experiences and knowledge they have gained throughout the program in order to dream about their future ministry. More than an academic thesis, the Integrative Project is intended to allow the student to use the skills they have acquired during the Divinity program to begin the lifelong work of being the church and impacting the world through their unique calling and passions.

  • Fall Trimester (9 credits)
    • BTI 570 – Integrative Project: Exploring the Future (2)
    • RLM 503 – Life Together I: Ancient-Future Focus for Church & Worship (2)
    • RLM 530 – Divinity Practicum II (1)
    • TCE 501 – Critical Social Theory: Bridging Church & Community (2)
    • TCE 528 – Biblical Theology, Narrative, & Social Ethics (2) or
      Elective
  • Spring Trimester (8 credits)
    • BTI 570 – Integrative Project: Exploring the Future (1)
    • RLM 504 – Life Together II: Relational Ethics for Church & Leadership (2)
    • RLM 505 – Homiletics: Crafting Transformational Moments (2) or
      TCE 502 – Mission as Faithful Presence (2)
    • RLM 520 – Being the Word on the Street: Developing Intercultural Competency in Pastoral Care in a Complex and Diverse Setting (2)
    • RLM 531 – Divinity Practicum III (1)
  • Summer Trimester (4 credits)
    • BTI 535 — Gospel of Mark (2) or
      TCE 510 – Word & Sacrament: Theology of Spiritual Formation (2)
    • TCE 503 – Our Religious Impulse (2) or
      Elective

Our Divinity program requires 10 elective credits — 6 programmatic and 4 general. Learn more about our elective offerings on the curriculum page.

The Master of Divinity is an academically rigorous program designed to be completed in 3 years. A 4 year course rotation is available for students desiring more space to engage the material or time for balancing study and work.

 

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