Master of Divinity in Theology

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Master of Divinity in Theology

The Master of Divinity in Theology is a three-year masteral program whose aim is the holistic development of pastor-theologians, emphasizing the balanced training of head (academic scholarship), heart (spirituality) and hand (ministry skills, contextualization and especially the ability to communicate the truths of the Christian faith through writing). Those who graduate from the study program will be able to:
  • exegete the Bible according to sound hermeneutical principles, aided by the insights of Christian tradition, and in accordance with the highest standards of academic scholarship.
  • do local theology by applying one’s own exegesis of the Bible to one’s own historical context in such a way that holistic transformation is effected within one’s own social, political, and cultural spheres of influence.
  • consistently model the disciplined and practical exercise of an internally formed biblical holiness.
  • shepherd the flock of God through the effective use of God-given spiritual gifts and seminary honed ministry skills.
  • communicate the Christian faith through the faithful exercise of preaching and writing. Though the study program is primarily designed to equip students for pastoral ministry, it also provides excellent preparation for those intending to pursue higher theological education or to engage in a vocation involving theological education, reflection and writing.

All who take the Master of Divinity in Theology program must complete a total of 96 credit units, which include 90 credit units of core, focus, and elective courses, as well as the two prerequisite courses, Writing Academic Papers and Introduction to the Bible, which are 3 non-credit units each. These prerequisite courses, however, may be validated. All who take the Master of Divinity in Theology program are also required to participate in at least three Care Group sessions, attend the weekly Chapel services, and to read through the entire Bible once a year until their program of study is completed.

Plan A - Thesis Track

Courses
Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (pass or fail)

0
CORE COURSES
Basic Skills in Counseling/Soul Care
Biblical Theology (Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible,Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection (HTR) one NT Exegesis course and one OT Exegesis course)
Church History
Educational Principles and Methods (EdPM)
Ethics (Prerequisite: HTR)
Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
Homiletics (Prerequsite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 1: NT Narrative & Hebrews (Prerequisite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 2: NT Epistles & Apocalypse (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1: OT Narrative & Law (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 2: OT Wisdom, Poetry & Prophecy (Prerequisite: HTR)
Pastoral Theology/Theology of Ministry
Spiritual Formation & Professional Growth (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration)
Strategic Leadearship and Management
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 3 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
World Missions

57
FOCUS COURSES
Asian & Third World Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
Doing Local Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1 & Methods or Research & Statistics)
Historical Theology (Prerequisites: Church History & Spiritual Formation & Prof. Growth) or Ethics (Prerequisite: HTR
Philosophy for the Understanding of Theology (Prerequisite: HTR)
Focus Elective
Open Elective
18
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2

6
PRACTICUM/Internship ( Prerequisite: Doing Local Theology)

3
Thesis
6
Total Units
90

Plan B - Non Thesis Track

Courses
Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (pass or fail)

0
CORE COURSES
Basic Skills in Counseling/Soul Care
Biblical Theology (Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible,Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection (HTR) one NT Exegesis course and one OT Exegesis course)
Church History
Educational Principles and Methods (EdPM)
Ethics (Prerequisite: HTR)
Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
Homiletics (Prerequsite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 1: NT Narrative & Hebrews (Prerequisite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 2: NT Epistles & Apocalypse (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1: OT Narrative & Law (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 2: OT Wisdom, Poetry & Prophecy (Prerequisite: HTR)
Pastoral Theology/Theology of Ministry
Strategic Leadearship and Management
Spiritual Formation & Professional Growth (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 3 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
World Missions
57
FOCUS COURSES
Asian & Third World Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
Doing Local Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1 & Methods or Research & Statistics)
Historical Theology (Prerequisites: Church History & Spiritual Formation & Prof. Growth) or Ethics (Prerequisite: HTR
Philosophy for the Understanding of Theology (Prerequisite: HTR)
Focus Elective 1
Focus Elective 2
Open Elective
Open Elective
18
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2


6
PRACTICUM/Internship ( Prerequisite: Doing Local Theology)

3
Total Units
90
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