MASTER OF DIVINITY

At Shepherds Theological Seminary, the MDiv is our flagship degree. Universally recognized as the gold-standard degree for vocational ministry, the MDiv is designed to prepare pastors, missionaries, 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

6

Unique Concentrations

16

Credit Hrs of Electives

4

Avg. Years to Complete

Core Curriculum

Required in all Master of Divinity concentrations
CE 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 581Ministry Preparation2
PT 782Mentored Apprenticeship3
Total MDIV Core71

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

Concentrations

Pastoral/Church Ministry

PT 602Pastoral Theology2
PT 604Ordination Preparation1
PT 701Expository Preaching in the 21st Century3
PT 704Church Administration2
ElecElectives (typically 6-8 courses)13
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY

0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

ELECTIVES0%

Church Planting

ME 504Church Planting2
ME 510Church in the Community2
PT 602Pastoral Theology2
PT 701Expository Preaching in the 21st Century3
ElecChurch Planting Electives (minimum 2 courses)4
ElecOpen Electives (typically 4-5 courses)8
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

CHURCH PLANTING0%

ELECTIVES0%

Biblical Counseling & Chaplaincy

BC 502Marriage Counseling2
BC 503Methods of Biblical Change2
BC 601Human Personhood2
BC 602Problems & Procedures3
ElecCounseling or Chaplaincy Electives (typically 2-3 courses)6
ElecOpen Electives (typically 3-4 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

BIBLICAL COUNSELING0%

ELECTIVES0%

Advanced Theological Studies

BE 701Advanced Hermeneutics2
BE 705Biblical Theology – Theory and Praxis3
TH 690Independent Directed Study in Theology2
OT or NT 690Independent Directed Study in OT or NT Theological Issues2
ElecElectives (typically 5-8 courses)12
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

ELECTIVES0%

Advanced Biblical Languages

NT 750Advanced Greek Reading2
OT 750Advanced Hebrew Reading2
NT ElecGreek Exegesis Elective2
OT ElecHebrew Exegesis Elective2
ElecElectives (typically 7-9 courses)13
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

PRACTICAL MINISTRY0%

ELECTIVES or TEXTUAL CRITICISM0%

Women’s Ministry

TH 610Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 3
CE 611Integrated Seminar in Education2
PT 607Communication Skills for Ministry2
PT 608Women's Ministry in the Church2
ElecWomen's Ministry Electives (typically 2-3 courses)6
ElecOpen Electives (typically 3-5 courses)6
Total Concentration Credits21
Total MDIV Credits92

BIBLE + THEOLOGY0%

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES0%

WOMEN'S MINISTRY0%

ELECTIVES0%

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