Dr. Charles McLain, Director
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:
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:
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.
Core and elective courses for the Master of Divinity program are as follows:
Total: 90 credits
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
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
OT5023 Intermediate Hebrew, 3
OT5263 Daniel, 3
PT __ Ministry Leadership Elective, 2
TH5143 Spirit, Community, Consummation, 3
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
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.
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