Master of Divinity

Illinois | Online


TEDS’ Master of Divinity (MDiv) provides comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of a broadly evangelical ethos.

Whether you desire an immersive academic experience on campus or choose to continue in your current ministry and take courses online, you will be prepared in Scripture interpretation, theology, pastoral practices, leadership, preaching, and spiritual formation.

MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts to engage the world for Christ.

Master Of Divinity (87 hours)

Scripture and Interpretation (35 hours)

Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
NT 5251 Greek Exegesis I 2 hours
NT 5252 Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
NT 5253 Exegesis for Preaching 2 hours
NT 6251 Interpreting the Synoptics and Acts 3 hours
NT 6252 Interpreting Paul and General Epistles 3 hours
NT 6253 Interpreting Johannine Literature 2 hours
OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
OT 5242
Hebrew Exegesis 3 hours
OT 6251 Interpreting the Pentateuch and Former Prophets 3 hours
OT 6252 Interpreting the Latter Prophets 3 hours
OT 6253 Interpreting the Writings 3 hours

Theology and Tradition (18 hours)

Course Title Credits
CH 5051 History of Christianity I 3 hours
CH 5052 (or) CH 5060 History of Christianity II (or) American Church History 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
ST 7200 Theological Ethics 3 hours
Various Advanced Theological Course: Choose from ST 8200, ST 8210, ST 8211, ST 8212, ST 8213, ST 8213, ST 8214, ST 8215, ST 8220, ST 8221, ST 8222, ST 8223 3 hours

Worldview and Culture (8 hours)

Course Title Credits
ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission 2 hours
ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges 2 hours
ID 6500 Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry 2 hour

Ministries and Practices (17 hours)

Course Title Credits
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
CM 5000 Intro to Counseling Ministries 2 hours
CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry 1 hour
EM 5100 Leadership and Educational Ministry 3 hours
HM 6200–6201 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching/Lab 2 hours
PT 7250 Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices 3 hours
HM 7000 Preaching the Old Testament 1 hour
PT 7481 Internship I 3 hours
Formation Group
Formation Group (2 semesters, recommended during first two semesters)

Degree Tracks (9 hours)

Choose one of the following tracks:

Church and Parachurch Ministry

Course Title Credits
PT 7481–7482 Internship II, or
PT 7482 (2hr), PT 7483 (2hr) if completing internship over 3 semesters
3 hours
Various Electives 6 hours

Academic Ministry

Course Title Credits
ID 8100 Scholarship & the Christian Mind 3 hours
Various Electives: 7000 or above 6 hours

“My life will be different because I attended TEDS. I am incredibly grateful for the wisdom of my faculty advisors, who helped me discern God’s ministry path for me.”

Caroline Fuab Thao ’23

 

Learn From The Best

Experience a classroom setting like none other. At Trinity, you will study under leading theologians, experts, and renowned authors in their specific field. Our professors will not only teach you but invest in your life. Hear from Dr. Simons, Director of MDiv, and faculty how the Master of Divinity prepares you for your academic and ministry goals.

Why TEDS?

Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

Logos Package

MDiv students get the amazing Logos software at a significantly reduced price. Focus on your calling while engaging with some of the greatest authors and bible study tools at your fingertips. It is an instrumental tool while studying here TEDS and a tremendous resource after graduation.

“The world needs right-minded and right-hearted pastor-theologians and I can’t imagine doing anything more important than training students to teach doctrine in ways that make disciples, form citizens of the gospel, and build up local churches. Nor is there anywhere better to do it than TEDS – a veritable microcosm of global evangelicalism.”

Dr. Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Research Professor

 

Prerequisites

You’ll want to see the general admissions requirements for all students. Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, though not necessarily required.
  2. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 or if the Admissions Office requests them.
  3. A demonstrated working knowledge of the English Bible (this can be demonstrated after admission through either some specific coursework or the Standard Bible Content Test).
  4. Applicants with prior Greek or Hebrew experience may be able to take the Greek Proficiency Exam or the Hebrew Proficiency Exam; these allow you to place further along in the language courses. You don’t need to know Greek or Hebrew to be accepted into the MDiv; we will teach you!

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