In addition to the general admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the following further requirements are specific to the Master of Divinity program:
- The applicant’s undergraduate grade point average must be a minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; however, since GPA is not always an accurate indication of an applicant’s abilities for graduate work, those with a lower GPA are encouraged to consult with our admissions counselors. Alternative evaluation is sometimes possible, as is admission status that will permit the applicant to demonstrate the ability to do graduate work.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required for applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than 2.5 and is required upon request from the Admission Office for others.
- A demonstrated working knowledge of the content of the English Bible by either
- Passing the OT section of the Standard Bible Content Test1or OT 5000
- Passing the NT section of the Standard Bible Content Test1or NT 5000
- Completion of a full beginning Greek sequence, normally involving two years of undergraduate study. If a Greek sequence has not been completed, several options are available to early meet this requirement. In all cases, students are required to complete the Greek Proficiency Exam for placement in the Greek Exegesis course sequence:
1Complete the Standard Bible Content Test (SBCT) online by logging in to MyTIU > Academics > Exams for the instruction sheet. One must pass OT or NT sections of the SBCT at 70 percent or above (sections graded separately). If a section is failed, it may be taken only one additional time. If failed a second time, enrollment in the requisite OT 5000 or NT 5000 is required. The SBCT measures biblical competency at a level approximate to a Bible college undergraduate or strong evangelical Bible program in a liberal arts undergraduate college. In every case, this demonstration of English Bible content knowledge must occur prior to enrolling in canon courses (OT 6251, OT 6252, OT 6253, NT 6251, NT 6252, NT 6253).
Preparation in Greek
If still completing undergraduate studies, it is advisable to incorporate Greek into your coursework. Students may also study Greek independently or through a repeatable online course (available through TEDS Online Distance Education Office). Additional study in syntax is usually recommended in conjunction with the DE course. A popular option is to complete Trinity’s beginning Greek sequence (NT 4030, NT 4031) offered in a July/August six-week summer session or during the first two fall/spring semesters of your enrollment. These are undergraduate-level courses not credited toward your graduate degree. If Greek has been completed some years ago, one may wish to enroll in NT 4038. Contact the New Testament department chair or a NT department faculty member to discuss this option.
For those who have completed prior study, Greek proficiency is examined through a proficiency exam offered each spring and summer. Registration for the exam may be completed online at MyTIU > TEDS Academics > Exams > Greek Proficiency Exam or by e-mailing [email protected]. Placement in the appropriate level of Greek language sections is based on this exam.
Preparation in Hebrew
Some MDiv applicants may have had prior Hebrew language coursework, which will further facilitate their MDiv program progress. Those who have completed a minimum of 6 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate elementary Hebrew course work with a “B” or better are eligible to take the Hebrew proficiency exam (separate application required prior to registering). Placement in the appropriate level of the Hebrew language sections is based on this exam. See MyTIU > TEDS Academics > Exams for the preliminary application and registration forms. Students satisfactorily passing the Hebrew Proficiency exam for placement beyond OT 5240 and OT 5241 into Exegesis (OT 5242) will be required take any 6 hours of OT credits to reach the required 94 credits to graduate.