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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 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.

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 is the focus?

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.

What will I study?

The Master of Divinity curriculum (87 hours total) is centered on four primary areas with one degree track of your choosing:

  • Scripture and Interpretation - 35 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    NT 5251 Greek Exegesis I 2 hours
    NT 5252 Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
    NT 5253 Exegesis for Preaching 2 hours
    NT 6251 Interpreting the Synoptics and Acts 3 hours
    NT 6252 Interpreting Paul and General Epistles 3 hours
    NT 6253 Interpreting Johannine Literature 2 hours
    OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
    OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
    OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hours
    OT 6251 Interpreting the Pentateuch and Former Prophets 3 hours
    OT 6252 Interpreting the Latter Prophets 3 hours
    OT 6253 Interpreting the Writings 3 hours

     

  • Theology and Tradition - 18 hours

    Required:

    CH 5051 History of Christianity I 3 hours
    CH 5052 (or) CH 5060 History of Christianity II (or) American Church History 3 hours
    ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
    ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
    ST 7200 Theological Ethics 3 hours
    Various Advanced Theological Course: Choose from ST 7070, ST 7505, ST 7710, ST 8000, ST 8030, ST 8040, ST 8050, ST 8730 3 hours

     

  • Worldview and Culture - 8 hours

    Required:

    ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission 2 hours
    ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
    PR 5600 Christian Faith & Contemporary Challenges 2 hours
    ID 6500 Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry 2 hours

     

  • Ministries and Practices - 17 hours

    Required:

    PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
    CM 5000 Intro to Counseling Ministries 2 hours
    CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry 1 hour
    EM 5100 Leadership and Educational Ministry 3 hours
    HM 6200-6201 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching / Lab 2 hours
    PT 7250 Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices 3 hours
    HM 7000 Preaching the Old Testament 1 hour
    PT 7481-7482 Internship I 3 hours

    Formation Group:

    Formation Group (2 semesters, recommended during first two semesters) 0 hours

  • Degree Tracks - 9 hours

    Choose one of the following tracks:

    Church and Parachurch Ministry:

    PT 7481-7482 Internship II, or PT 7482 (2hr), PT 7483 (2hr) if completing internship over 3 semesters 3 hours
    Various Electives 6 hours

    Academic Ministry:

    ID 8100 Scholarship & the Christian Mind 3 hours
    Various Electives: 7000 or above 6 hours

     

Internships

All Master of Divinity students must complete an internship. Learn more about internships here.

Degree Tracks

Your degree track provides a greater focus to your MDiv, and affects which courses you take now to lead to your desired outcome. The two track options are as follows:

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!
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Master of Divinity Prerequisites

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:

  1.  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.
  2.  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.
  3.  A demonstrated working knowledge of the content of the English Bible by either
    1.  Passing the OT section of the Standard Bible Content Test1or OT 5000
    2.  Passing the NT section of the Standard Bible Content Test1or NT 5000
  4.  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 6251OT 6252OT 6253NT 6251NT 6252NT 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 4030NT 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.

 

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, and certain courses may be taken online, this is a great way to complete a significant portion 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 72 hours, compared to 87 for the standard MDiv).

Multiple Masters

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

Advance: Pre-Seminary Studies

This groundbreaking early-entry MDiv program allows qualified students to earn a BA and an MDiv in 5 years, through a partnership between Trinity International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 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