The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is the traditional seminary degree that will prepare you for a professional ministry leadership role and ordination, whether in a church or parachurch organization or in a specialized ministry setting. This comprehensive program incorporates elements of both the Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts in Practical Theology degrees, and is the standard prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and other post-graduate degrees. Students planning to pursue ordination or terminal degrees should consult providers of those opportunities to determine specific requirements.
While the content of the online distance education program is the same as that of the residential degree, the delivery system is different. Without relocating to Regent, students in the MTS program can complete their degree entirely through online classes. Students in the MDiv and M.A. in Practical Theology programs must complete at least one-third of their total credit hours through residential courses (week-long intensive modular courses) while up to two-thirds of their total credit hours may be completed through online coursework.
Length: 72 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in three to five years. The program must be completed within seven years. Students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May or June.
Format: Courses are delivered entirely face-to-face, entirely online, online with a weeklong or weekend on-campus modular component, or a through a blend of these three options.
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Features: The MDiv is available in ten concentrations.
The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Our fully online Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Master of Divinity degrees are offered as approved exceptions to the ATS Educational Standard, sections ES.2.1.1, ES.4.2.6, and ES.4.2.19; and section 3.1 of Standards A and B.
Graduates of this program will:
Experience holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality.
Develop competence in biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective.
Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training and development of communities served.
Enhance their global competence for balanced understanding, practice and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.
Advance their proficiency in the content, theory and practice of ministerial leadership.
Advance their proficiency in a specialized area of theological studies.
Students in the M.Div. program take 18 credit hours of "context" courses, 30 credit hours of "perspectives" courses and 18 credit hours of "concentration" courses. In addition, M.Div. students take at least three credit hours associated with a supervised ministry experience, and three credit hours associated with a summative experience.
|UNIV LIB Library Info Research & Writing||0 credits|
|ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing||0 credits|
|SFRM 501 Spiritual Formation Foundations||3 credits|
|BIBL 504 Biblical Hermeneutics||3 credits|
|BOTB 500 Old Testament||3 credits|
|BNTB 500 New Testament||3 credits|
|HCHT History of Christianity (choose 1 of 4)||3 credits|
|THEO 500 Christian Theology||3 credits|
|Two Intercultural Electives||6 credits|
|ICSD 500 World Christian Perspectives, ICSD 521 World Religions, ICSD 531 Theology of Global Missions, or ICSD 545 Cross-Cultural Communication|
|Four Interdisciplinary Electives||12 credits|
|One BIBL or BNTB course (New Testament), One BIBL or BOTB course (Old Testament), One HCHT course (History) and One THEO course (Theology)|
|Two Ministerial Leadership||6 credits|
|PMIN 501 Leadership in Church & Ministry, PMIN 524 Preparation of Biblical Messages, PMIN 525 Pulpit Ministry, or THEO 522 Christian Ethics|
|Two Language Electives||6 credits|
|BNTB 540 New Testament Greek 1, BNTB 541 New Testament Greek 2, or BOTB 540 Biblical Hebrew 1, BOTB 541 Biblical Hebrew 2|
|*Note: students wishing to take additional language coursework including exegesis or readings courses should take these as part of their concentration courses.|
|Concentration Courses||18 credits|
|Supervised Ministry Experience||3 credits|
|Summative Experience||3 credits|
|Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.|