What is the purpose of the Advanced Placement 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. Exceptional candidates admitted to our Advanced Placement MDiv have the benefit of leveraging their undergraduate coursework to significantly reduce the cost and time required to complete the degree.
The Advanced Placement Master of Divinity is an accelerated degree program for students who have earned an accredited baccalaureate or Master of Arts degree in a field related to biblical, theological, or applied Christian studies within the preceding five years. This innovative program allows the student to build upon their existing academic foundation in order to rapidly acquire deeper knowledge of biblical and theological truth while developing and enhancing the real-world ministry skills needed to be effective over a lifetime of Christian ministry.
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Advanced Placement Master of Divinity in Biblical Communication should be able to:
- Know and apply Scripture according to proper hermeneutical principles;
- Articulate sound doctrine according to historic Christian orthodoxy;
- Explain how to shepherd God’s people with biblical wisdom, compassion, and justice;
- Demonstrate healthy personal relationships with God and neighbor;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the original languages for exegesis;
- Communicate Scripture clearly according to proper homiletical principles.
Admission to the Advanced Placement Master of Divinity is based upon a thorough evaluation of the Applicant’s transcript in light of the broad undergraduate preparation necessary for students to succeed in the accelerated program and are more rigorous than those of the standard Master of Divinity program. Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Earn an accredited baccalaureate or Master of Arts degree in a field related to biblical, theological, or applied Christian studies within the preceding five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
- Complete the AP MDiv Supplemental Application describing pertinent course work. A grade of “B” or higher is necessary in each course used to fulfill the minimum credits for each category area listed in the chart below.
- Articulate vocational goals consistent with the design of the Master of Divinity.
- Demonstrate evidence of mature Christian character and ministry potential.
- The Applicant may be required to provide further corroboration through the submission of a portfolio of course syllabi and assignments representative of achievement in relevant courses. A research essay and proficiency examinations (written or oral) may also be required.
|Biblical Literature||Covering the full canon of Scripture||9|
|Christian Ethics||Contemporary ethical issues in Biblical perspective||2|
|Christian Mission||Ideally with a global, historical, and practical view||2|
|Church History||Must cover a broad scope from Acts to Today||3|
|Intercultural Studies||Examining cultural issues from a Biblical perspective||2|
|Theology||Biblical or Systematic (Full Scope)||6|
Applicants with previous coursework in Greek or Hebrew should complete a competency exam. The results of this exam may permit them to replace one or more of their required language courses with advanced language courses. Students with extensive ministry experience may request to substitute an elective in place of the Internship.
Applicants with prerequisite deficiencies may still apply to the AP MDiv but will be required to complete the appropriate Phoenix Seminary course(s) in addition to the required 72-hour curricula. Prerequisite deficiencies will be clearly articulated in the Admission letter.
Degree Requirements (72 Hours)
The Advanced Placement Master of Divinity curriculum consists of 72 hours of coursework with divisional or general electives making up at least 50% of those hours. The combination of an accelerated program with the option of customizing content through advanced electives allows exceptional candidates to complete their MDiv rapidly while minimizing overlap with undergraduate coursework.
AP MDiv Biblical Communication Core Requirements
|BL501||Principles for Biblical Interpretation||4|
|CD530||30-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|CD560||60-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|TH506||Contemporary Moral Issues||2|
|TH599||Theological Oral Examination||Transcripted|
AP MDiv Biblical Communication Concentration Requirements
|BC501||Methodology of Biblical Communication||2|
|BC502||Advanced Expository Communication||2|
|BC591||Biblical Communication Internship I*||2|
|NEW TESTAMENT GREEK||10|
|NT501||Learning New Testament Greek*||3|
|NT502||Reading New Testament Greek*||3|
|NT503||Using New Testament Greek*||2|
|NT5##||Greek Elective (NT551 – NT595)||2|
|OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW||10|
|OT501||Learning Old Testament Hebrew*||3|
|OT502||Reading Old Testament Hebrew*||3|
|OT503||Using Old Testament Hebrew*||2|
|OT5##||Hebrew Elective (OT510 – OT595)||2|
|MS508||Competencies in Pastoral Practice||2|
AP MDiv Biblical Communication Elective Requirements
|Apologetics||Choose from TH504, TH505, IS509, or IS510||2|
|BL/NT/OT||Any Biblical Literature / Biblical Languages||6|
|CD||Any Character Development||2|
|CF/MS||Any Counseling and Family / Ministry Skills||4|
|CH/TH||Any Church History / Theology||6|
|IS/LD||Any Intercultural Studies / Leadership Development||4|
|General||Any Course Division||12|
*Applicants with previous coursework in Greek or Hebrew will complete a competency exam which may permit them to replace one or more of their required language courses with Biblical Literature Electives or Exegesis Electives. Applicants with extensive ministry experience may apply to substitute an elective in place of the Internship.
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 BC499.
Transfer Credit is generally not accepted into the AP MDiv. Additional Advanced Standing for credit is also not available in this program.
The Advanced Placement Master of Divinity requires the completion of 72 semester hours within six years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
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