Master of Divinity

Now offered online, on campus, or both!


ANSWER THE CALL WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR COMMUNITY

Starting in Fall 2021, you can now earn your Master of Divinity degree 100% online! Obtain the same high-caliber education from our world-renowned faculty with classes that you can take from anywhere around the globe! 


“As a full-time pastor who finished my MA 13 years ago, I’ve been greatly refreshed by taking online classes at TEDS again. The content has sharpened my mind and encouraged my heart, and I’ve been able to apply what I’ve been learning instantly in my ministry.” 
Curtis Romig, TEDS alumnus and current student


WHAT IS AN MDIV DEGREE?

Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those seeking to prepare for Christian ministry or academic leadership wrapped within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical framework.

Why study for the Master of Divinity at TEDS?

Our MDiv curriculum, brings a sharper focus to the degree. The TEDS MDiv has always provided training in Scripture interpretation, theology, pastoral practices, leadership, preaching, and spiritual formation. Our curriculum develops skills in cultural and biblical interpretation. Develop a Christian worldview that equips you to engage your culture for the gospel’s sake.

WHERE CAN THIS DEGREE TAKE ME?

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 locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or PhD levels).

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?

Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details:

Prerequisites for the MDiv
  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! Both students who have taken Greek and students who have not taken Greek can be accepted to the MDiv. However, your beginning coursework will change depending on whether you can pass the proficiency exam immediately or need to take Greek courses.
    – If you have experience with Koine Greek, you should review on your own and take the exam as early as possible. You may be placed further along in the Greek Exegesis sequence, or you may be placed in a one-semester remedial course. (The one-semester remedial course may be a good idea even if you pass the exam!)
    – If you have no prior experience with Greek, don’t worry! You’ll most likely need to take undergraduate-level Greek courses here at Trinity that you must pass before entering the MDiv exegesis sequence. It’s important to note that these courses are considered prerequisite courses and therefore do not apply to your actual MDiv hours.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Master of Divinity curriculum (87 hours total) is centered on four primary areas with one degree track of your choosing:

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
Required:
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 8220, ST 8221, ST 8222, ST 8223 3 hours
WORLDVIEW AND CULTURE: 8 HOURS
Required:
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
Required:
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 7481–7482 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

INTERNSHIPS

All Master of Divinity students must complete an internship. Field-based ministry experience is vital to the development of MDiv students.   Field experiences are mentored experiences between students, faculty and church pastors.  Mentoring provides opportunities to invest in the next generation of Christian leaders. Ministries are also enriched by having students serve in a church or parachurch setting.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

MDiv Academic Scholarship Program

The TEDS Academic Scholarship Program is our highest and most prestigious scholarship. This is for new incoming Master of Divinity students who have demonstrated academic excellence, ministerial service, and potential for leadership.

MDiv Scholarship

OTHER OPTIONS

MA/Theological Studies and the MDiv
TEDS students who have completed the MA/Theological Studies may apply all hours to an MDiv. Since the entire MA/TS can be earned at our Extension Sites, and courses may be taken online, this is a great way to complete a significant portion of the MDiv. Talk to an admissions counselor for more information.

Multiple Masters Programs
Students in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MA/TS) can add a Master of Arts in Bioethics without substantially lengthening their program of study.  Learn More here.

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MDIV FACULTY

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