M.Div. Prerequisites & Foundational Curriculum

The 77-hour Master of Divinity is designed to build upon students’ previous academic preparation in theology. Students are required to have undergraduate or graduate coursework with a minimum grade of “B” in the following areas:

Biblical Studies:

Hermeneutics (3 hrs)

Old Testament (6 hrs)

New Testament (6 hrs)

Elementary Greek (6 hrs) (for students in the Pastoral Ministry track)

Historical/Theological Studies:

Christian History (3 hrs)

Christian Theology (3 hrs)

Ministry Studies:

Preaching/Theological Communication (3 hrs)

 

*If a student has deficiencies in any of these areas, foundational curriculum will be required, which lengthens the degree with up to 12 hours of additional graduate coursework, as indicated below:

Hermeneutics (3 hrs)

Must take Introduction to the Bible (3 hrs), adds 3 hrs to the degree

Old Testament (6 hrs)

 

Must take Interpreting the OT I & II (6 hrs), doesn't add additional hrs to degree but fulfills 6 hrs of OT requirement 

New Testament (6 hrs)

Must take Interpreting the NT I & II (6 hrs), doesn't add additional hrs to the degree but fulfills 6 hrs of NT requirement

Christian History (3 hrs)

Must take Intro to Christian History (3 hrs), adds 3 hrs to the degree

Christian Theology (3 hrs)

Must take Intro to Christian Theology (3 hrs), adds 3 hrs to the degree

Preaching/Theological Communication (3 hrs)

Must take Communication in Ministry (3 hrs), adds 3 hrs to the degree

For students in Pastoral Ministry Track:

Elementary Greek (6-8 hrs)

Must take Elementary Greek (6-8 hrs) through undergraduate coursework which is not applicable to the MDiv

 

If a student lacks all of the prerequisites for the Master of Divinity and therefore enrolls in all the foundational curriculum, the Master of Divinity requires 89 hours of graduate coursework, with an additional 6-8 hours in undergraduate Elementary Greek for students in the Pastoral Ministry track.

Logsdon welcomes students who are called into bi-vocational ministry and recognizes that such persons may best prepare themselves for ministry by pursuing baccalaureate degrees which are not focused in theological study. The foundational curriculum described above is designed to aid such students in making the transition from other disciplines into preparation for ministry.

 

The faculty also recommends that a student pursues a baccalaureate curriculum which is thoroughly grounded in the liberal arts. Some specific liberal arts courses which would be especially valuable to a student are Hebrew, Greek, English composition and literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, world history, and research and writing.

 

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