M.Div.

MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE PROGRAM

The Master of Divinity Degree Program is designed to be responsive to those students who need intensive training to serve non-traditional settings. It is intended to be flexible and at the same time offer a ministerial educational regimen which will prepare a candidate for competency in a range of ministries.

This program can be earned online and can also be custom designed.

Application Process

To enroll in the Master of Divinity Degree Program, complete and submit an application with a $25 application fee. The application fee includes confirmation of eligibility, assessment of prior learning and life experience credits that might be awarded to applicant, selection of courses, and exact cost of tuition and monthly payments.  The applicant may then decide if he/she would like to move forward.

Eligibility

All students who are accepted into this program must have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and must show evidence of life experience and/or prior learning that prepares them for ministerial work.

Credits Required

The Master of Divinity Degree Program requires 36 credits.

Prior Learning and Life Experience Allowance
A maximum of 12 credits may be awarded for prior learning and life experience.

Core Requirements
The following courses are part of the general curriculum for the Master of Divinity degree (For course details, refer to Course Descriptions). All courses listed are 4 credits unless stated otherwise. Students will need to complete 9 courses for this degree program. Five courses are mandatory; students can choose from any other GMU courses for the four electives.
 

I. SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATIONS (4 credits required)

Choose one (1) of the following courses:
TH612 Introduction to the Old Testament – 4 credits
TH620 Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets – 4 credits
TH630 Introduction to the Spirituality of the Psalms – 4 credits
TH640 Women of the Bible – 4 credits
TH650 Introduction to the Gospels – 4 credits
TH670 The Writings and Influence of Paul the Apostle – 4 credits
 
 
II. CHRISTIAN HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS (4 credits required)
 
Choose one (1) of the following courses:
TH680 Early Church History – 4 credits
TH642 Visionary Women in the Christian Tradition – 4 credits
TH644 Celtic Women in the Christian Tradition – 4 credits
TH690 Medieval Church History – 4 credits
TH695 Modern Church History – 4 credits
 
 
III. CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (4 credits required)
 
Choose one (1) of the following courses:
TH501 Contemporary Theology for the People of God (E. Johnson) – 4 credits
TH507R Introduction to Systematic Christian Theology (K. Rahner) – 4 credits
TH507K Introduction to Systematic Christian Theology (H. Kung)
TH505 A Theology of Church – 4 credits
TH508 Feminist Theology: Its Roots and Revelations – 4 credits
TH511 History of God – 4 credits
 
IV. ETHICS AND MORAL THEOLOGY (4 credits required)
 
Choose one (1) of the following courses:
TH520 Ethics in Pastoral Ministry – 4 credits
TH530 An Introduction to Moral Theology – 4 credits
TH535 Feminist Ethics and Moral Theology – 4 credits
TH509 Ecological Theology – 4 credits
TH572 Feminist Liberation Theologies – 4 credits
 
V. PRACTICUM (4 credits required)
 
Choose one (1) of the following courses:
IPE617 Clinical Pastoral Education (1 unit CPE*) (4 credits)
IPE625 M.Div. Practicum: This course allows students to demonstrate learning in a four-month supervised practicum within a particular area of ministry/interest. The practicum must be arranged by the student, will require an integrated paper/project, and it should be taken as a culminating course in the M.Div. program. (4 credits)

*Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) (or an approved equivalent of 400 hours) In addition to the registration fee and tuition, there is an additional expense for two Field Education Supervisory Reports at $150 each. Also, if an approved unit of CPE or its
equivalent has not been completed, Master of Divinity students must make their own Global Ministries University approved arrangements to fulfill this requirement at their own expense.
 
VI. Elective Courses (16 credits)
 
The remaining four courses can be chosen from the GMU course list and submitted to the Dean of the M.Div. Program for approval.

For more information about the Master of Divinity Degree, contact GMU