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 Leadership Development concentration?
The Leadership Development concentration prepares students for vocational ministry positions in church and para-church ministries. This degree can provide the basis for further academic study.
The Leadership Development concentration is designed to train leaders who will then be effective in training other leaders. Core leadership courses emphasize principles for biblical leadership, mobilizing people for ministry, and guiding growth and change in the church.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Divinity in Leadership Development 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 relationships with God and neighbor;
- Articulate how to replicate ministry leadership based on biblical principles;
- Demonstrate the ability to provide biblical leadership.
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 Leadership Development Core Requirements
|BC499||Graduate Writing Workshop||Transcripted|
|BL501||Principles for Biblical Interpretation||4|
|BL502||Survey of the Pentateuch||2|
|BL503||Survey of the Historical and Wisdom Literature||2|
|BL504||Survey of the Prophets||2|
|BL505||Survey of the Gospels||2|
|BL506||Survey of Acts and the Pauline Epistles||2|
|BL507||Survey of the General Epistles and Revelation||2|
|CD501||Living in God’s Presence||2|
|CD504||Foundations of Intimacy||2|
|CD530||30-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|CD560||60-hour Faculty Review||Transcripted|
|CH501||History of World Christianity I||3|
|CH502||History of World Christianity II||3|
|IS501||Cross-cultural and Diversity Competency||2|
|IS503||Evangelism and Discipleship||2|
|TH501||God, Scripture, Revelation, and the Holy Spirit||4|
|TH502||Humanity, Angels, and the Person and Work of Christ||4|
|TH503||Salvation, the Church, and the Future||4|
|TH506||Contemporary Moral Issues||2|
|TH599||Theological Oral Examination||Transcripted|
MDiv Leadership Development Concentration Requirements
|LD501||Shepherding God’s People||2|
|LD502||Developing Leaders Who Develop Leaders||2|
|LD506||Survey of Effective Church Ministries||2|
|LD507||Church Growth and Assimilation||2|
|LD508||Conflict Resolution in the Church||2|
|LD509||Competencies in Ministry Administration||2|
|LD591||Leadership Development Internship I*||2|
|NT500||Introduction to Greek||3|
|OT500||Introduction to Hebrew||3|
|BC501||Methodology of Biblical Communication||2|
|MS501||Principles of Ministry Leadership||2|
|MS502||Introduction to Pastoral Counseling||2|
|MS508||Competencies in Pastoral Practice||2|
|–5##||Apologetics Elective: Choose from
TH504, TH505, IS509, or IS510
|–5##||Homiletics / Teaching Elective: Choose from
BC502, BC509, or MS506
*Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may in some cases be undertaken to fulfill requirements for LD591 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 BC499.
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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