Specialized Study Options

Customize your degree program with a concentration in pastoral ministries, student and family ministries, small group and discipleship ministries, intercultural ministries, formation and soul care ministries, chaplaincy ministries or academics.

Academic Track*

The academic specialization is designed exclusively for students with superior exegetical and theological capacity who aspire to complete the Master of Divinity degree as a basis for doctoral study and with the goal of a vocation in teaching.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • BBL-782 or THE-782: Thesis Readings and Proposal
  • BBL-789 or THE-788: Advanced Topics
  • BBL-792 or THE-792: Master's Thesis
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II

Chaplaincy Ministries

The chaplaincy ministries specialization prepares you to state a personal philosophy of counseling that reflects personal awareness, historical theories and worldview formation. As a result, you will be able to conduct counseling consultations and demonstrate a basic competency in presenting biblical truth. Branches of the military such as the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force accept M.Div. graduates as candidates for chaplaincy.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 15 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • MIN-525: Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • MIN-636: Homiletics I
  • COU-500: Counseling Philosophy
  • COU-510: Consulting
  • MIN-XXX: Ministry Elective

Formation and Soul Care Ministries

The formation and soul care ministries specialization teaches you to conduct counseling consultations, interpret professional standards of counseling ethics and state a personal philosophy of counseling that will help create a framework for holistic pastoral care.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • COU-500: Counseling Philosophy
  • COU-510: Consulting
  • COU-521: Marriage and Family Counseling
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II
  • MIN-781: Ministry Residency III
  • MIN-782: Ministry Residency IV

Intercultural Ministries

The intercultural ministries specialization equips you to work in a multicultural setting or help lead a missions program in your local church. Each class is designed to help you develop a philosophy and practice of mission that is informed by biblical, theological and cultural perspectives. In addition, you will discuss the history of such work and the contemporary demonstrations of how the church is engaged with global mission.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • MIN-567: Missional Church: Church and
 Culture—Past and Present
  • MIN-660: Cultural Intelligence: Multicultural Understanding
  • MIN-667: Urban and Local Development: Exegeting Our Own Communities
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II
  • MIN-781: Ministry Residency III
  • MIN-782: Ministry Residency IV

Pastoral Ministries

The pastoral ministries specialization is designed to help you understand how your unique gifts and abilities related to vocational ministry. Through course work and residencies, you will create a ministry philosophy that is biblically and theologically sound, reflecting personal and cultural awareness, and demonstrate skills in the daily tasks of church ministry (e.g., preaching sermons, serving people, leading groups and developing curriculum).

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • MIN-530: Pastoral Competencies
  • MIN-636: Homiletics I
  • MIN-637: Homiletics II
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II
  • MIN-781: Ministry Residency III
  • MIN-782: Ministry Residency IV

Small Group and Discipleship Ministries

The small group and discipleship ministries specialization is designed to equip you with the foundational skills and knowledge to serve in the local church or as an assistant or associate pastor of a focused or specialized ministry area such as small groups or discipleship.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • MIN-630: Small Group Ministries
  • MIN-643: Educational Ministries for Adults
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II
  • MIN-781: Ministry Residency III
  • MIN-782: Ministry Residency IV
  • Choose one ministry course elective:
    • MIN-534: Evangelism and Discipleship Ministry
    • MIN-554: Theology of Women in Ministry
    • MIN-567: Missional Church: Church and Culture—Past and Present
    • COU-532: Counseling Women through the Life Cycle
    • COU-612: Group Counseling Techniques

Student and Family Ministries

The student and family ministries specialization is intended to help you identify and develop skills necessary for communicating biblical truth to the next generation. You will evaluate teaching and learning theories in order to craft a distinctly Christian philosophy of educating youth.

This M.Div. degree program track requires 17 credit hours and includes these courses:

  • MIN-553: Sociology of Adolescence
  • MIN-641: Theology of Youth Ministry
  • MIN-685: Ministry Residency I
  • MIN-686: Ministry Residency II
  • MIN-781: Ministry Residency III
  • MIN-782: Ministry Residency IV
  • Choose one counseling course elective:
    • COU-520: Child and Adolescent Counseling
    • COU-521: Marriage and Family Counseling

*This degree program specialization requires you to meet additional admission criteria. Please call the Admissions Office at 800.697.1133 for more information.