Residential Degree Program

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The Master of Divinity degree roots Christian leaders in the Scriptures, tradition, and practices of the church with an overarching focus on building missional communities that form fervent disciples. The M.Div. prepares people for ordination in most Protestant communions. The residential program, designed especially for working adults, can be completed in four years. By creating hybrid classes that marshal the best in distance and residential pedagogy, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) can be earned by coming to campus for two intensives a year (in August and in January) and one day a week for the fall and spring semesters.  UDTS also offers a three year distance M.Div.

A required orientation course begins in mid-June each year.

(If you are looking for information about our online M.Div. program, please click here.)


Curriculum

In order to serve the one God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and prepare women and men for faithful, compassionate, and effective pastoral ministry, the M.Div. curriculum will enable students to:

  1. nurture habits and disciplines of study, prayer and reflection that increase their love of God and neighbor and shape their personal and professional lives
  2. be formed by, live in, and minister out of scripture and the historical and theological tradition of the church
  3. interpret the Christian Scriptures through faithful exegesis and in light of the Christian tradition
  4. preach the Word of God with faithfulness and clarity
  5. lead worship and administer the sacraments with theological integrity and to the glory of God
  6. engage contemporary theological and ethical issues with insight and humility
  7. evangelize the world with faithfulness and contextual sensitivity
  8. educate and equip individuals and congregations to live and minister joyfully and faithfully as part of their own denomination and the ecumenical church
  9. provide pastoral care for individuals and congregations in daily life and moments of transition and crisis
  10. lead and nurture congregations to promote peace and justice in the public arena and encourage the witness and service of the church in mission to the world
  11. integrate theology and practice in all areas of life and ministry

In this, the seminary seeks to advance the great ends of the church: "the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness, and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world." (P.C.(U.S.A.) Book of Order)


Course Requirements

The Master of Divinity curriculum roots Christian leaders in the Scriptures, tradition, and practices of the church with an overarching focus on building missional communities that form fervent disciples. Students in the Master of Divinity program are required to complete 75 credit hours. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, M.Div. students are required to successfully complete core courses in the three divisions of the seminary curriculum, Bible, History/Theology and Ministry, as well as S.P.M. and Integrative courses. These include:

Bible (12) plus 3:
God’s Word: The Old Testament (3)
God’s Word: The New Testament (3)
Interpreting the Old Testament: OT Exegesis (3)
Interpreting the New Testament: NT Exegesis (3)
Bible elective (3)

History/Theology (12):
The Growth of the Church: Early and Medieval Church History (3)
Renewal, Expansion, Fragmentation: Reformation and Modern Church History (3)
What Christians Believe: Christian Doctrine I (3)
What Christians Believe: Christian Doctrine II (3)

Ministry (12):
Nurturing Wholeness in Christ: Caregiving (3)
Proclaiming the Word (3)
Making Disciples (3)
Leading Worship (3)

Field Education (6):
Pastoral Leadership (1)
Leadership Ethics (1)
Christian Leadership in Context (1)
SPM Congregational Internship (1)
SPM Entrepreneurial Internship (1)
SPM Internship (1)

Integrative (12):
God’s Redemptive Mission (4)
Gospel in Context (3)
Starting Missional Communities (2)
Disciple Formation (2)
Theological and Biblical Research Methods (1) (req. for distance)

Electives:
21 or more credits (3 of which must be Bible)

Maximum semester credit load for residential students: 15
Full time for Financial Aid: 9/semester

A student may propose alternative methods of demonstrating completion of the objectives of some core courses, such as passing a proficiency examination in a given subject, or successfully completing courses with similar content offered by other seminaries. All such alternative proposals must be approved in advance by the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the faculty. Once matriculated, a student must take all core courses at UDTS. Core courses may not be fulfilled through tutorials.