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Master of Divinity

Dr. Charles McLain, Director

Purpose of the Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity degree is designed to prepare persons for professional ministry. It seeks to graduate people who have knowledge and experience of the Christian faith, who give evidence of emotional and spiritual maturity, who relate to others with integrity, who possess skills for ministry, and who meet the educational requirements.  All graduates will:

  1. Acquire an extensive knowledge of the Bible and a method for interpreting it accurately with special emphasis on its grammatical, historical, theological, and literary context.
  2. Develop the ability to explain thoroughly the biblical narrative theologically and dispensationally.
  3. Be able to explain the historic development of the Christian church and of American fundamentalism.
  4. Demonstrate growth in Christian character.
  5. Gain knowledge and demonstrate skills necessary for competence in ministry leadership in local churches worldwide.
  6. Demonstrate a growing proficiency in communicating biblical truth in counseling, teaching, and expository preaching.
  7. Be able to translate and exegete with proficiency both the Hebrew and Greek texts of Scripture.

 

Admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the seminary (see the General Admissions section), applicants to the Master of Divinity program must possess one of the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree issued by a recognized postsecondary school in the United States of America authorized by that school's state to grant the baccalaureate degree
  2. The educational equivalent of the baccalaureate degree. Degree equivalency is based on similarity to a North American degree in kind, quality, and stringency of academic work; foreign students may have completed the equivalency of a baccalaureate degree, even though the degree title may not specifically follow American nomenclature.

Degree requirements for the Master of Divinity

For graduation with a Master of Divinity degree, a student must complete 90 credit hours including biblical language requirements and all core courses within eight years. A minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained. One year (a minimum of 30 semester hours) must be completed in residence at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition, enrollment in the mentorship program is required for each Fall or Spring semester in which a student is enrolled. The mentorship program is an integral part of the student's training and provides each M.Div. candidate with hands-on ministry experience. (See "Mentorship" in "Student Life and Ministry".) The student's record will contain reports of each semester's mentorship. The chaplain files these reports at the end of each semester; any appeal for removal of this requirement must be submitted to the dean for consideration. All students graduating from the Master of Divinity program must have completed at least two semesters of mentorship.

The seminary confers a Master of Divinity degree upon students who complete the prescribed course of study. However, graduation is not automatic when academic requirements have been met. Since the seminary aims to graduate those who qualify as Christian leaders, the faculty and administration will evaluate a student's qualifications in terms of spiritual, doctrinal, and professional standards as well as academics. All financial obligations to the seminary must be paid prior to commencement, and students must be present at the commencement exercises.

Course requirements for the Master of Divinity

Core and elective courses for the Master of Divinity program are as follows:

Old Testament

  • OT5013 Elementary Hebrew, 3 credits
  • OT5023 Intermediate Hebrew, 3 credits
  • OT506 Hebrew Translation and Discourse Structure, 2 credits
  • OT5263 Daniel, 3 credits
  • Hebrew elective (Hebrew genre study), 2 credits
  • Old Testament Flex-Elective:  Select one of the three options
             Option #1:  OT510 Old Testament Background, 2 credits
             Option #2:  OT515 Old Testament History, 2 credits
             Option #3:  OT520 Old Testament Introduction, 2 credits

New Testament

  • NT4013 Elementary Greek I (or general elective), 3 credits
  • NT4023 Elementary Greek II, 3 credits
  • NT5013 Greek Syntax/Structural Analysis, 3 credits
  • NT5023 Greek Exegesis, 3 credits
  • (Greek elective), 3 credits
  • (New Testament Elective), 3 credits
  • New Testament Flex-Electives:  Select two classes from the three options:
             Option #1:  NT510 New Testament Backgrounds, 2 credits
             Option #2:  NT515 New Testament History, 2 credits
             Option #3:  NT524 New Testament Issues, 2 credits

Systematic Theology

  • TH5003 Hermeneutics, 3 credit hours
  • TH5123 Systematic Theology I (God and Revelation), 3 credits
  • TH5133 Systematic Theology II (Fall, Salvation, Messiah), 3 credits
  • TH5143 Systematic Theology III (Spirit, Community, Consummation), 3 credits
  • Theology Flex-Electives:  Select two classes from the three options:
              Option #1:  TH520 Ethics, 2 credits
              Option #2:  TH605 Apologetics, 2 credits
              Option #3:  TH620 Biblical Theology, 2 credits

Historical Theology

  • CH501 Church History I, 2 credits
  • CH502 Church History II, 2 credits
  • CH503 American Fundamentalism/Evangelicalism, 2 credits

Pastoral Care and Counseling

  • PC5053 Marriage and Family Counseling, 3 credits

Practical Theology

  • PT5013 Spiritual Formation, 3 credits
  • PT5283 Christian Leadership, 3 credits
  • PT5403 Preaching and Teaching in the Local Church, 3 credits
  • PT5423 Advanced Preaching, 3 credits
  • PT5283 Chrisitian Leadership, 3 credits
  • PT8251 Sweetbriar Ministry Simulation, 1 credit
  • Practical Theology Flex-Electives:  Select three classes from the following options:
             Option #1:  CE610 Discipleship, 2 credits
             Option #2:  PC___ Counseling Elective, 2 credits
             Option #3:  PT512 Pastoral Theology, 2 credits
             Option #4:  PT513 Church Planting, 2 credits
             Option #5:  PT608 Gospel-Centered Ministry, 2 credits
             Option #6:  PT642 Organizational Leadership, 2 credits

General Electives

  • General electives, 6 credits

Total: 90 credits

Suggested three-year Master of Divinity course sequence

First Year

Fall Spring

CH5013 Church History I,3

NT4013 Elementary Greek I, 3

OT5__ Old Testament Flex-Option, 2

PT5013 Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders, 3

TH5003 Hermeneutics, 3

PT8251 Sweetbriar Ministry Simulation, 1

 

NT4023 Elementary Greek, II, 3

NT___ New Testament Elective, 3

NT5__ New Testament Flex-Option, 2

PT5253 Christian Leadership, 3

TH5123 God and Revelation, 3

 

 

Second Year

Fall Spring

NT5013 Greek Syntax/Structural Analysis, 3

OT5013 Elementary Hebrew, 3

PC5053 Marriage & Family Counseling, 3

TH5133 Creation, Fall, Messiah, 3

CH5023 Church History II, 3

 

 

NT5023 Greek Exegesis, 3

NT5__ New Testament Flex-Option, 2

OT5023 Intermediate Hebrew, 3

OT5263 Daniel, 3

PT __ Ministry Leadership Elective, 2

TH5143 Spirit, Community, Consummation, 3

 

Third Year

Fall Spring

NT7__ Greek Exegetical Study, 3

OT506 Hebrew Translation and Discourse Structure, 2

PT5403 Preaching and Teaching in the Local Church, 3

PT__ Ministry Leadership Elective, 2

TH__ Theology Flex-Option, 2

General Elective, 3

 

 

OT__ Old Testament Elective, 3

OT7__ Hebrew Genre Study, 2

PT5503 Advanced Preaching, 3

TH__ Theology Flex-Option, 2

PT__ Ministry Leadership Elective, 2

General elective, 3

 

 

 

All graduates will:

1.       Acquire an extensive knowledge of the Bible and a method for interpreting it accurately with special emphasis on its grammatical, historical, theological, and literary context.

2.      Develop the ability to explain thoroughly the biblical narrative theologically and dispensationally.

3.      Be able to explain the historic development of the Christian church and of American fundamentalism.

4.      Demonstrate growth in Christian character.

5.      Gain knowledge and demonstrate skills necessary for competence in ministry leadership in local churches worldwide.

6.      Demonstrate a growing proficiency in communicating biblical truth in counseling, teaching, and expository preaching.

7.      Be able to translate and exegete with proficiency both the Hebrew and Greek texts of Scripture.