What is the purpose of the Master of Divinity degree?
The Master of Divinity degree is the central degree program at Phoenix Seminary. It provides comprehensive graduate education utilizing the various theological and ministry resources of Phoenix Seminary.
The Master of Divinity degree is designed to equip students for professional, vocational ministry in church and para-church settings. This may include a broad range of occupations, including the pastorate, intercultural service, Christian leadership, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, evangelism, and youth ministry. In many churches and denominations, the MDiv degree has been recommended for those preparing for ordination. It can also provide the academic basis for the DMin, ThM, or PhD degrees.
Students will engage in the systematic study of the Scriptures and theology while being exposed to current theological issues and positions with the goal of equipping the student to think biblically, independently, and constructively in vital areas of ministry. The student will also be directed by a Seminary mentor or local church mentor during his or her training for personal development of character.
What is the purpose of the Biblical Communication concentration?
The Biblical Communication concentration equips students for life-changing expository preaching and teaching of the Old and New Testaments. It also provides the basis for further academic study.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Divinity in Biblical Communication degree program should be able to:
- Know and interpret Scripture according to proper hermeneutical principles;
- Apply Scripture according to proper hermeneutical principles;
- Articulate sound doctrine consistent with the Phoenix Seminary Statement of Faith and the historic doctrines of the Christian church;
- Shepherd God’s people with biblical wisdom, compassion, and justice;
- Communicate biblical and theological truths effectively;
- Demonstrate mature Christian character and purity of life;
- Demonstrate healthy personal relationships with God and neighbor, particularly those marginalized by race, gender, or socio-economic status;
- Demonstrate the ability to use the original languages for interpreting and applying Scripture;
- Communicate Scripture clearly according to proper homiletical principles.
Applicants to the Master of Divinity program must have earned an accredited baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) that includes exposure to a breadth of liberal arts. Phoenix Seminary encourages undergraduate course work in philosophy and the history of western civilization. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Those who do not meet these academic requirements may petition the Admissions Committee for special consideration. Applicants must have vocational goals consistent with the design of the Master of Divinity. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of mature Christian character and ministry potential.
Degree Requirements (94 Hours)
MDiv Biblical Communication Core Requirements
|BC 499||Graduate Writing Workshop||Transcripted|
|BL 501||Principles for Biblical Interpretation||4|
|BL 502||Survey of the Pentateuch||2|
|BL 503||Survey of the Historical and Wisdom Literature||2|
|BL 504||Survey of the Prophets||2|
|BL 505||Survey of the Gospels||2|
|BL 506||Survey of Acts and the Pauline Epistles||2|
|BL 507||Survey of the General Epistles and Revelation||2|
|CD 501||Living in God’s Presence||2|
|CD 504||Foundations of Intimacy||2|
|CD 530||30-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|CD 560||60-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|CH 501||History of World Christianity I||3|
|CH 502||History of World Christianity II||3|
|IS 501||Cross-cultural and Diversity Competency||2|
|IS 502||Global Outreach||2|
|IS 503||Evangelism and Discipleship||2|
|TH 501||God, Scripture, Revelation, and the Holy Spirit||4|
|TH 502||Humanity, Angels, and the Person and Work of Christ||4|
|TH 503||Salvation, the Church, and the Future||4|
|TH 506||Contemporary Moral Issues||2|
|TH 510||Biblical Sexuality||2|
|TH 599||Theological Oral Examination||Transcripted|
MDiv Biblical Communication Concentration Requirements
|BC 501||Methodology of Biblical Communication||2|
|BC 502||Advanced Expository Communication||2|
|BC 591||Biblical Communication Internship I*||2|
|NEW TESTAMENT GREEK||10|
|NT 501||Learning New Testament Greek||3|
|NT 502||Reading New Testament Greek||3|
|NT 503||Using New Testament Greek||2|
|NT 5##||Greek Elective (NT 551 – NT 595)||2|
|OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW||10|
|OT 501||Learning Old Testament Hebrew||3|
|OT 502||Reading Old Testament Hebrew||3|
|OT 503||Using Old Testament Hebrew||2|
|OT 5##||Hebrew Elective (OT 551 – OT 595)||2|
|MS 501||Principles for Ministry Leadership||2|
|MS 502||Introduction to Pastoral Counseling||2|
|MS 508||Competencies in Pastoral Practice||2|
|– 5##||Apologetics Elective: Choose from
TH 504, TH 505, IS 509, or IS 510
* Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may in some cases be undertaken to fulfill requirements for BC 591 and / or general elective credit.
Note: Courses which list “Transcripted” are recorded on the transcript as S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory). No tuition or fees are charged except in the case of BC 499.
A maximum of 50 percent (47 semester hours) of the course work required for the Master of Divinity may be transferred from another seminary or graduate school when the transfer credits fit the nature of the program and other requirements are met.
The Master of Divinity requires the completion of 94 semester hours within six years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
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