MDiv

Master of Divinity

All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call.

Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos.

Master of Divinity

Where can this degree take me?

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for ordained pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts. MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or PhD levels).

What will I study?

The Master of Divinity curriculum (94 hours total) is centered on four primary areas:

  • Scripture and Interpretation - 35 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    NT 5210 NT Greek Exegesis I 4 hours
    NT 5211 NT Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
    NT 5212 NT Greek Exegesis III 1 hour
    NT 6600 Preaching from the New Testament 1 hour
    NT 6221 Synoptics and Johannine Literature 3 hours
    NT 6222 Acts, Pauline, and General Epistles 3 hours
    OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
    OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
    OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 4 hours
    OT 6216 Pentateuch and Historical Books 4 hours
    OT 6217 Prophetic and Poetic Books 4 hours

     

  • Theology and Tradition - 20 hours

    Required:

    CH 5010 History of Christianity 4 hours
    PT 7410, 7412, 7415 Denominational History and Polity course 1 hour
    ST 5101 Theology I: Introduction to Theology 3 hours
    ST 5102 Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation 3 hours
    ST 5103 Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 3 hours
    ST 5200 Christian Ethics 3 hours

    Choose one of the following:

    CH 5060 American Church History 3 hours
    CH 7450 Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours
    ME 6410 History of Missions in the Modern World
    (This is an alternative only for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus)
    3 hours
  • Worldview and Culture - 8 hours

    Required:

    ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission
    ME 6240 The Intercultural Missionary may be substituted for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus
    2 hours
    ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
    PR 5500 Apologetics 2 hours

    Choose one of the following:

    BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference Course 2 hours
    CC 5610 Cultural Hermeneutics 2 hours
    ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry 2 hours
    PT 7860 Social and Cultural Exegesis 2 hours
  • Ministries and Practices - 31 hours

    Includes required, ministry focus, and elective courses

    Required:

    CM 5000 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry Counseling 2 hours
    CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry (Possible substitutes for this include CO 5210, CM 5110, CM 6572, CO 7140) 1 hour
    EM 5000 Educational Ministries in the Local Church 2 hours
    HM 5000 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 2 hours
    PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation 1 hour
    PT 7280 Christian Worship 2 hours
    PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar 1 hour
    PT 7465 / 7466 Internship 2 hours

    Field Education and Formation Group:

    ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters)
    (recommended during first two semesters)
    0 hours
    PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters) 0 hours
    PT 5095 Cross-Cultural Field Education (1 semester) 0 hours

    An additional 18 hours in this area come from your chosen Ministry Focus and electives (see below under Ministry Focus).

Field Education and Internships

All Master of Divinity students must complete field education and internship requirements. Learn more about field ed & internships here.

Ministry Focus

There are seven ministry foci available which allow you to focus your MDiv more sharply (plus the option to create a unique focus not listed here):

MDiv Faculty

Students in the MDiv have the opportunity to take courses in all our departments from our wide range of excellent faculty. Meet a few of them below, including the current chairs of our academic departments.

View All Faculty

What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

You’ll want to see the general admissions requirements for all students. Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, though not necessarily required.
  2. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 or if the Admissions Office requests them.
  3. A demonstrated working knowledge of the English Bible (this can be demonstrated after admission through either some specific coursework or the Standard Bible Content Test).
  4. Applicants with prior Greek or Hebrew experience may be able to take the Greek Proficiency Exam or the Hebrew Proficiency Exam; these allow you to place further along in the language courses. You don’t need to have taken Greek or Hebrew to be accepted to the MDiv; we will teach you!
View All Prerequisites

Master of Divinity Prerequisites

Here are the full prerequisites:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred. However, GPA isn’t the only indication of academic ability, and there are cases in which a student may be admitted and given the chance to demonstrate that she is capable of graduate work. So talk to an admissions counselor to find out what your options are.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 <i>or</i> if the Admissions Office requests them.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of the English Bible. You can be admitted before this, but this must be done prior to enrolling in your canon courses (OT 6216, OT 6217, NT 6221, NT 6222), and can be done one of two ways:
  • Taking and passing either OT 5000 (Intro to the OT) or NT 5000 (Intro to the NT).
  • Taking and passing either the OT or the NT section of the Standard Bible Content Test. You’ll have access to this within myTIU (our campus portal) once you’re accepted and have your login information. This is a good option for students who have fresh, extensive knowledge of biblical content.
    • Your placement into the MDiv Greek Exegesis track is determined by the Greek Proficiency Exam. Many students have taken two years of undergraduate Greek, which is usually sufficient preparation. (We offer a Greek Review course, NT 4038, for those who took Greek several years prior to coming to TEDS.) Many others, however, do not have the chance to take Greek before coming to Trinity. If this is you, you don’t need to take the exam; you’ll need to enroll in undergraduate-level Greek courses, here at Trinity, that do not count towards your MDiv but are rather prerequisites for the MDiv Greek Exegesis courses.
      • We offer this beginning Greek sequence (NT 4030, NT 4031) as a July/August six-week summer session. Pass these courses and you can enroll in the Exegesis sequence.
      • The beginning Greek sequence is also offered as regular-length courses in the fall and spring. You can take them while taking other courses and, once you pass, enroll in the Exegesis sequence.
    • Once you’ve been given myTIU login credentials, you can read about, and register for, the Greek Proficiency Exam here or by emailing exams@teds.edu.
    • Applicants who have had prior Hebrew language experience (a minimum of 6 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework) may be able to take the Hebrew Proficiency Exam and so bypass basic Hebrew (OT 5240 and OT 5241) for placement directly into Exegesis (OT 5242). Again, once you have credentials, information on this exam, including registration, is available here. Students who pass this exam may take any 6 hours of OT courses to meet the required 94 credits of the MDiv.

MA / Theological Studies and the MDiv

TEDS students who have completed the MA / Theological Studies may apply all hours to an MDiv. Since the entire MA/TS can be earned at our Extension Sites, this is a great way to complete nearly 1/3 of the MDiv prior to coming to Deerfield. Talk to an Admissions Counselor for more information.

Advanced Placement MDiv

If you graduated from a Christian college or university within the past five years and did extensive biblical studies / theology coursework as part of your degree, you may qualify for our AP MDiv (which can be completed in as few as 75 hours, compared to 94 for the standard MDiv).

Double Degree

Students in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MA/CS) can add a Master of Arts in Bioethics without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity.  Learn More

Pre-Seminary Honors

Through an innovative partnership, qualified students enroll at Trinity International University for two years of Pre-Seminary undergraduate honors work and matriculate into Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) for three years worth of coursework pursuing your MDiv. The program is led by a faculty mentor who understands how rigorous this program of study will be, as well as the importance of spiritual and academic preparation.  Learn More