MASTER OF DIVINITY

At Shepherds Theological Seminary, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) is our flagship degree. Universally recognized as the gold-standard degree for vocational ministry, the MDiv is designed to prepare pastors, global workers, and other Christian workers for a life of service in local churches, para-church organizations, and non-profits. The MDiv also prepares students for more advanced degrees such as the Master of Theology (ThM), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Education (EdD), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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Credit Hours

10

Unique Concentrations

8

Avg. Credit Hrs of Electives

4

Avg. Years to Complete

Core Curriculum

Required in all Master of Divinity concentrations
RS 500Research and Writing1
BE 501Old Testament Studies I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets3
BE 502Old Testament Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings3
BE 504Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics3
BE 511New Testament Studies I: Matthew to Acts3
BE 512New Testament Studies II: Romans to Revelation3
BE 613Life of Christ3
OT 550Biblical Hebrew I3
OT 551Biblical Hebrew II3
OT 650Biblical Hebrew Exegesis3
NT 550Elementary Greek Grammar I3
NT 551Elementary Greek Grammar II3
NT 650Biblical Greek Exegesis I3
NT 651Biblical Greek Exegesis II3
TH 501Systematic Theology I3
TH 502Systematic Theology II3
TH 503Systematic Theology III3
TH 601Systematic Theology IV3
TH 609Christian Ethics2
HT 501Historical Theology I: Pentecost to the Reformation2
HT 502Historical Theology II: Post-Reformation to the Modern Church2
TH 602Apologetics2
PT 503Theology of Evangelism & Discipleship2
BC 501Foundations of Biblical Counseling2
PT 506Introduction to Creative Bible Teaching2
PT 581/582Ministry Preparation for Men/Women2
PT 782Mentored Apprenticeship3
Total MDIV Core71

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES0%

Concentrations

Pastoral/Church Ministry

PT 607Communication Skills for Ministry2
BE 619Exposition of 1 Timothy and Titus2
CE 512Learning Theory and Philosophy of Education2
PT 602Pastoral Theology2
PT 704Church Administration2
PT 701Expository Preaching3
PT 604Ordination Preparation1
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3-4 courses)7-8
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY

0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Church Planting

BE 619Exposition of 1 Timothy and Titus2
ME 504Church Planting2
PT 605Theology of Shepherding2
PT 701Expository Preaching3
PT 704Church Administration2
PT 602Pastoral Theology2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3-4 courses)8
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

CHURCH PLANTING / PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Biblical Counseling

BC 506Biblical Soul Care2
BC 502Foundations of Biblical Marriage2
BC 515Counseling Skills and Methodology2
BC 610Crisis Counseling2
BC 615Contemporary Issues in Counseling2
BC 607Comparison of Counseling Models2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

BIBLICAL COUNSELING0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Chaplaincy

BC 610Crisis Counseling2
BC 502Foundations of Biblical Marriage2
BC 615Contemporary Issues in Counseling2
PT 603Chaplaincy Ministry2
PT 701Expository Preaching3
PT 602Pastoral Theology2
PT 604Ordination Preparation1
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3-4 courses)7-8
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

BIBLICAL COUNSELING0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Advanced Biblical Languages

NT 750Advanced Greek Reading2
OT 750Advanced Hebrew Reading2
NT Elec.Greek Exegesis Elective2
OT Elec.Hebrew Exegesis Elective2
NT 705Septuagint2
OT/NT 702Old Testament/New Testament Textual Criticism2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES / TEXTUAL CRITICISM0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Advanced Biblical Studies

BE 701Advanced Hermeneutics2
TH 710Contemporary Theological Movements2
TH 706Philosophy and Christian Epistemology3
NT/OT Elec.Greek/Hebrew Reading or Greek/Hebrew Exegesis Course2
BE Elec.Bible Exposition Elective2
NT 710Contemporary Issues and Debates in NT Studies2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 3-4 courses)8
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Bible Exposition

BE Elec.Any 6 Bible Exposition Courses12
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Women’s Ministry

TH 510Biblical Theology of Womanhood 2
PT 607Communication Skills for Ministry2
PT 507Women's Ministry of Teaching and Discipleship2
PT 508Theology of the Family2
PT 608Women's Ministry in the Church2
CE 512Learning Theology and Philosophy of Education2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

WOMEN'S MINISTRY / PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Christian Education

CE 511History and Philosophy of Christian Education2
CE 512Learning Theory and Philosophy of Education2
PT 607Communication Skills for Ministry2
CE 510Principles of Leadership Development2
CE 610Curriculum and Instructional Design2
CE 611Contemporary Issues in Christian Education2
Elec.Open Electives (typically 4-5 courses)9
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

Interdisciplinary

Elec.Open Electives (typically 10-11 courses)21
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES / ELECTIVES0%

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