Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity is a three year, academic professional degree which prepares students for a variety of ministries. Students may take three years or more to complete this course of study.
M.Div Degree Concentrations
As a student in the M.Div program, you may choose to complete a recognized concentration in one of the areas below. Students must complete the core 72 semester hours combined with the specific electives listed for each concentration to total 81-87 semester hours, dependant on concentration.
This concentration designed to equip seminarians with (1) advanced skills in using biblical languages and applying methods and tools of biblical hermeneutics and (2) deeper understanding of biblical literature, themes of biblical theology, and critical issues confronting contemporary biblical scholarship. With a congregational focus, the concentration will prepare ministers to excel in biblical preaching and teaching by developing a faith that is formed by a profound relationship with scripture.
The electives in the Biblical Interpretation concentration are:
Christian Education Formation
The electives in the Christian Education concentration are:
Justice & Peacebuilding
The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Justice and Peacebuilding requires 72 core hours, in addition to 12 concentrated electives, completed at CJP, and a final thesis or project, for a total of 87 hours.
This concentration equips a student to serve a local congregation as a pastoral associate who focuses on the needs of youth and their families. This concentration requires coursework in program and curricular design for youth, pastoral ministry to youth and their families, methods of teaching youth, and the role of a pastoral associate.
The electives in the Youth Ministry concentration are:
This concentration allows students the oppportunity for an indepth engagement with theological themes and texts. Such a concentration presupposes that this understanding of theology as an academic discipline–knowing God–cannot be separated from loving God. The challenge for the student will be to determine how the study of theology best serves the church, both local and universal.
The electives in the Theology concentration are:
In partnership with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, students can declare a concentration in Religious Freedom. Courses are designed to equip civic and religious leaders to navigate the intersection of religion and public life. Students will complete 15 semester hours of concentration electives with the Religious Freedom Center. Students must apply directly to the Religious Freedom Center to complete the concentration.
For more specifics on degree programs and their requirements, check out the Academic Catalog.