This degree is designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students' ministry by providing a common frame of reference to connect with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

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Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English

The M.Div./M.A. in English program is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour course, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree and the 30 hour M.A. in English degree. This degree is designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students' ministry. Students will register for these courses through the Divinity School and will be awarded the dual degrees upon completion of the requirements for both degrees.



The M.Div./M.A. degree is designed to enhance divinity students’ literary skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broad and rich literary context from which to do ministry and provides them with a common frame of reference with which to connect with persons of diverse culture and background. Moreover, it provides students with enhanced critical and analytical skills with which to reflect on life and the world while providing them with additional literary models with which to understand and interpret the Scriptures.


The degree has two potential student populations in view:

(1) the minister who desires greater background in the literary arts as a context for ministry, and

(2) the minister who serves in a small church situation and finds it necessary to supplement church-derived income through secular employment.

In the latter case an advanced degree in a non-ministerial discipline will be of significant value.


Course Requirements

M. Div. Core:

A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)

            DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 101 New Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)

            DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)


B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)

            DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)

            DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)


C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)

            DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)

            Chapel/Formations/Mentor Conferences


D. Ministry (18 hrs.)

            DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)

            DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 310: Missions and Evangelization (3 hrs.)

            DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)

Total: 60 semester hours


*The M.A. in English may be done in one of two configurations: either 24 hours of course credit plus six hours of thesis credit or 30 hours of course credit with no thesis. All candidates for the M.A. in English must write a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of coursework. Details are available from the program coordinator.

M.A. in English Requirements

ENGL 671: Literary Criticism (3 hrs.)


Plus 27 additional hours from the following:

ENGL 555: Special Topics (3 hrs.)
ENGL 611: Seminar in British Literature (3 hrs.)
ENGL 613: British Literature Selected Authors (3 hrs.)
ENGL 631: Seminar in American Literature (3 hrs.)
ENGL 633: American Literature Selected Authors (3 hrs.)
ENGL 651: Literature: A World Perspective (3 hrs.)
ENGL 673: Contemporary Trends in Literature (3 hrs.)
ENGL 675: Young Adult Literature (3 hrs.)
ENGL 683: The Teaching of Writing (3 hrs.)
ENGL 690/691: Thesis (6 hrs.)

(Seminar and topics courses in English may be repeated with approval of the program coordinator.)


Dual Degree Total: 105 hrs.




Ms. Kheresa Harmon

Phone: (704) 406-3205




Dr. Cheryl Duffus

Phone: (704) 406-4409