Where can this degree take me?
The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts; our AP MDiv helps prepare you in a shorter amount of time by building on the undergraduate work you’ve already done. 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).
Introducing our revised curriculum
Our new MDiv curriculum, beginning in the Fall of 2017, brings a sharper focus to the degree with less credit hours required. The Trinity MDiv has always provided training in Scripture interpretation, theology, pastoral practices, leadership, preaching, and spiritual formation. Our revised curriculum will also develop skill in cultural exegesis and provide a deepened Christian worldview that will equip you to engage with diverse cultures for the gospel’s sake. These revisions were shaped through extensive faculty research along with alumni focus groups to bring a great enhancement to this degree.
What will I study?
The AP MDiv curriculum (72-87 hours total) covers the same robust range of biblical studies, theology, culture, and practical ministry experience as a standard MDiv. You’ll take courses in the following areas:
All Master of Divinity students must complete an internship. Learn more about internships here.
What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?
To qualify, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Christian ministry, pre-seminary studies, biblical studies, or theological studies within the past five years. Other degrees, however, may be considered; talk to an Admissions Counselor if you’re interested but unsure about your qualifications. You’ll need to have done a good amount of coursework (with a grade of “B” or better and a GPA of 3.25 or higher) in church history, biblical and theological studies, mission and evangelism studies, and ministry and preaching courses, as well as cultural engagement and supervised ministry experiences. (See full prerequisites for the hourly requirements; you may be admitted with several hours of deficiency, but these must be made up and will prevent you from completing the AP MDiv in as short a time.)
Advanced Placement Master of Divinity Prerequisites
You’ll need to have undergraduate coursework in the following areas:
- Church history or history elective covering church history broadly (3-4 hrs)
- Pastoral counseling, including lab counseling experiences (2-3 hrs)
- Christian education or educational ministries in the local church (2-3 hrs)
- Introductory preaching, including lab preaching experiences (2-3 hrs)
- Christian mission (2-3 hrs)
- Evangelism (2-3 hrs)
- Apologetics or Christian evidences (2-3 hrs)
- Cultural engagement course examining current trends and their intersection and critique from a biblical perspective (2-3 hrs)
- Biblical or systematic theology covering the scope of theology (6-9 hrs)
- Christian ethics examining contemporary ethical issues in biblical perspective (2-3 hrs)
- Denominational history and polity (1 hr or as required by denomination)
- Supervised cross-cultural ministry experience (not a mission trip)
- Supervised ministry field experience, practicum, or internship (2 semesters or 200 clock hours)
- A personal ministry assessment course, which includes personal assessment and development of a personal philosophy of ministry, including use of such tools as the MMPI and CounselAid
You’ll also need a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher and a grade of “B” or better in each prerequisite course.
For applicants who majored in Biblical or Theological studies and who do not fulfill all required prerequisites, up to 6 hours of advanced bible and/or theology courses (300-400 level) may be credited to the APMDiv program as electives. Please note, however that a minimum of 75 hours is required for the APMDiv.
Applicants with 19 or more hours of prerequisite deficiencies are not eligible for the AP MDiv and will need to apply to the standard MDiv program.
Ready to apply? Make sure you send in the Supplemental Application too. AP MDiv Applications will be considered only in an applicant’s first semester in the MDiv program (including as a second program for Multiple Master’s applicants), and all necessary materials must be submitted no later than the end of Add/Drop in that first semester.
Download the AP MDiv Supplemental Application