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Master of Divinity Concentrations

PASTORAL STUDIES

The Pastoral Studies concentration, designed primarily, though not exclusively, with a view toward pastoral ministries (pastor, associate pastor, etc.) extends the basic M.Div. core curriculum by adding courses in advanced biblical languages, advanced biblical electives, advanced historical/theological electives, and courses focusing on the more practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.

 

Biblical Electives6 hrs.
Biblical Languages (Advanced Greek and Hebrew)6 hrs.
Historical/Theological Electives6 hrs.
Practical Ministry Electives6 hrs.
The Life and Work of the Minister3 hrs.
General Electives (Selected from the School of Divinity Catalog)3 hrs.
TOTAL in the concentration30 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL for the M.Div. Degree90 hrs.

 

BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Biblical Studies concentration offers specialized training for persons who wish to emphasize in their ministry the study and the teaching of Scripture. With additional hours of Old Testament and New Testament electives (including biblical languages), as well as seminars that focus on pedagogy (teaching), research, and writing for publication, this concentration also prepares students for graduate research programs in Biblical Studies.

 

Biblical Hermeneutics3 hrs.
Teaching and Learning in the Church3 hrs.
Biblical Languages
     Hebrew 23 hrs.
     Greek 23 hrs.
(Students in the Biblical Studies concentration must also take at least
1 Hebrew or Greek exegetical elective as part of their 15 hours of electives)
Biblical Studies Electives15 hrs.
Writing for Publication Seminar3 hrs.
TOTAL in the concentration30 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL for the M.Div. Degree90 hrs.

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND FORMATION

The Christian Education and Formation concentration offers specialized training for those entering the field. Through this study, one acquires an overview of age-group work, tools in designing a church’s curriculum, and principles in organizing a church for mission and ministry.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND FORMATION CONCENTRATION
REQUIRED COURSES:

 

Teaching and Learning in the Church3 hrs.
The Church Preparing for Mission and Ministry3 hrs.
Leadership with Volunteers in the Church3 hrs.



REQUIRED ELECTIVES:
(TWO OF THE THREE)



Education and Formation with Youth3 hrs.
Education and Formation with Children3 hrs.
Education and Formation with Adults3 hrs.


 ANY TWO FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Any course from the Pastoral Care and Counseling or Missiology Concentrations
Creating Education and Formation Curricula
Communicating Inside and Outside the Church
Readings in Spiritual Classics
Designing Curriculum for Education and Formation
Life and Work of the Minister
Conflict Ministry in Church and Community
Selected Topics in Education and Formation

 

Additional nine credits (three courses) from any concentration (electives)

 

PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING

The Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration offers specialized training for persons who desire to emphasize in their ministry the pastoral role of the minister as counselor and care-giver, whether in a parish setting or in an institutional setting. The program gives attention both to theory and to clinical experience under supervision.

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (one unit)*6 hrs.
Pastoral Care and Counseling Practicum*3 hrs.
Interpersonal Relationships*3 hrs.
Pastoral Care of Families3 hrs.
Crisis Intervention in Pastoral Care3 hrs.
Grief, Loss, Death, and Dying3 hrs.
Pastoral Theology3 hrs.
Health and Spirituality3 hrs.
General Electives9 hrs.
(Selected from the School of Divinity Catalog)

 

TOTAL in the concentration30 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL in the M.Div. in Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree90 hrs.

 

*In circumstances where CPE is not an option for the student, with professor’s approval, DSPC400 Pastoral Care and Counseling Practicum (3 hrs.) and DSPC204 Interpersonal Relationships (3 hrs.) may be substituted for DSPC200. 

 

MISSIOLOGY

The Missiology concentration offers specialized training to persons who will serve in a variety of mission related ministries. The program includes biblical, historical, theological and practical issues that must be addressed by missionaries in the 21st Century. The concentration will address both religious and cultural pluralism in an effort to equip persons for a variety of cross-cultural situations.

 

One of the following courses:
     Urban Missiology3 hrs.
     Diaspora Missiology
3 hrs.
Each of the following courses
     Mission in Historical Perspectives3 hrs.
     Mission in Contemporary Perspectives3 hrs.
     World Religions3 hrs.
     Evangelism3 hrs.
     Church Planting & Development3 hrs.
     Cultural Anthropology3 hrs.
One of the following courses:
     Mission Immersion Experience3 hrs.
     Mission Case Studies3 hrs.
General Electives6 hrs.
     (select from the School of Divinity Catalog)

 

TOTAL in the concentration30 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL in the M.Div. in Missiology90 hrs.

 

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

The Intercultural Studies concentration offers specialized training to persons who will serve in cultures other than their own. The program aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills, and overall competence necessary for intercultural engagements in North America and overseas using the paradigm of change. This concentration will  equip students to become effective agents of change in the face of 21st Century religious pluralism, cultural relativism, urbanization, global diaspora, and globalization.

 

One of the following courses:
      Urban Studies
3 hrs.
      Diaspora Studies
3 hrs.
Each of the following courses
     Worldview Studies3 hrs.
     Mass Movements in Historical Perspectives3 hrs.
     Mass Movements in Contemporary Perspectives3 hrs.
     Transformation Studies3 hrs.
     Community Development3 hrs.
     Cultural Anthropology3 hrs.
     ICS Practicum3 hrs.
General Electives6 hrs.
     (select from the School of Divinity Catalog)

 

TOTAL in the concentration30 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL in the M.Div. in Intercultural Studies
90 hrs.

 

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