The starting place for a variety of professional ministries, a Master of Divinity degree or MDiv may lead to careers such as pastor, teacher, evangelist, chaplain, and other church leadership and non-profit careers. Full-time students complete this program in three years. Educating the mind, heart, and spirit, the MDiv program provides a common core of intellectual and practical learning that readies students for a vocation of faith.
11 COURSES · 33 CREDITS
Each of these courses must be successfully completed to earn the MDiv degree:
Old Testament Interpretation I & II (6 credits)
New Testament Interpretation (3 credits)
Christian Theology I & II (6 credits)
Pastoral Care (3 credits)
Imagination & Resilience in God’s Changing World (3 credits)
Explorations (3 credits)
Cross/Roads (3 credits)
Supervised Ministry (6 credits)
Scripture Reading Practicum
7 COURSES · 21 CREDITS
11 COURSES · 36 CREDITS
One course from among a specified set of courses in each of the following areas must be successfully completed to earn the MDiv degree:
Biblical Greek OR Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)
Biblical exegesis using Greek or Hebrew (3 credits)
History of Christianities (3 credits)
American Religious History (3 credits)
World Religions (3 credits)
Christian ethics (3 credits)
Christian education (3 credits)
Christian leadership (3 credits)
Preaching (3 credits)
Worship (3 credits)
Advanced Supervised Ministry or Practica courses (courses with significant practice components) (6 credits)
TOTAL: 90 CREDITS
Columbia Theological Seminary’s MDIVprogram challenges students to look anew at Christian tradition and reflect upon its contemporary significance. It prepares them to transform that reflection into action with the people of God. From critical perspectives-biblical, historical-doctrinal, and practical-faculty and students examine the crucial challenges of ministry today. Biblical studies, theology, worship, church history, and pastoral leadership provide the grounding for dynamic ministry.
As a basic degree, the MDIV has the following requirements: Basic Degree Requirements. Students in this program have the option of pursuing a dual degree with the Masters of Arts in Practical Theology degree program, allowing for further specialization in an area of ministry.
Prospective MDIV students are encouraged to attend one of our Discover Columbia events on our campus in Decatur, GA.
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