Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree designed to equip students for vocational Christian service. It is a degree typically required of those seeking ordination in Christian ministry. The program is designed with both balance and breadth in mind - students receive a solid and well-balanced foundation in biblical and theological studies as well as an opportunity to develop specific areas of ministry.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree designed to equip students for vocational Christian service. It is the degree typically required of those seeking ordination in Christian ministry. The program is designed with both balance and breadth in mind-students receive a solid and well-balanced foundation in biblical and theological studies as well as an opportunity to develop specific areas of ministry.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Articulate an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving in the local church and its global mission.
  3. Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.

MDiv graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a capacity to guide individuals and congregations in their spiritual development.
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to preach sermons using a sound homiletical method.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to lead within the local church in carrying out its mission with both theological sophistication and cultural awareness.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 75 credit hour program of studies as outlined
  • Achieve a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • Complete at least 30 hours of this program through Briercrest
  • Successfully complete a Portfolio and Interview
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
  • Complete all program requirements within 10 years after beginning studies
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary
  • Fulfill all academic and financial requirements

Degree Requirements (75 credit hours)

 

Embracing God's Word (24 credit hours)

BLST 610 Pentateuch
   OR BLST 714 Psalms
BLST 715 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
   OR BLST 717 The Former Prophets
   OR BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
   OR BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
BLST 725 The Acts of the Apostles
   OR BLST 620 Pauline Epistles
THEO 651 Theology of God and Creation
   OR THEO 653 Theology of Christ and Reconciliation
   OR THEO 654 Theology of the Holy Spirit and Redemption
BLST 602 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (+Logos training)
   OR GRK 701 Greek Exegesis I
   OR HEB 700 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
BLST 701 Advanced Hermeneutics
   OR GRK 800 Greek Exegesis II
   OR HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II
Theology Elective

Leading God's People (12 credit hours)

LE 603 Leadership and Management Foundations
LE 601 Organizational Design, Governance and Function
   OR LE 845 Governance and Board Development
LE 701 Strategic Thinking, Learning, and Planning
   OR LE 641 Creative Problem Solving and Polarity Management
LE 744 Leadership and Team Development
   OR LE 842 Leadership Communication for a Change

Communicating God's Truth (9 credit hours)

CM 633 Homiletics
   OR CM 820 Preaching Specialty
CM 835 Advanced Preaching
   OR CM 820 Preaching Specialty
CM 626 Teaching and Learning

Equipping the Church and Engaging Our World (18 credit hours)

CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
   OR CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry
   OR LE 605 Personal and Service Development
CM 701 Pastoral Theology and Practice
   OR THEO 754 Shepherd the Flock
CM 621 Theology of Mission and Evangelism
   OR CM 730 Church Planting and Development
CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Counselling
   OR CO 620 Pastoral Counselling
CM 736 Discipleship and Mentoring
   OR CM 814 Ministry Issues in Contemporary Culture
THEO 641 Theology of Christian Worship
   OR THEO 759 Theology Specialty: Prayer and the Christian Tradition

Electives (12 credit hours)

 

Non-Credit Requirements

RD 704 MDiv Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

Program Coordinator:
Rev. Blayne Banting, DMin, PhD

bbanting@briercrest.ca