Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
96-98 $538 Show Unit Breakdown for Emphases
Christian Education 12 3 18 3 15 15 6 18 6-8
Evangelism and Discipleship 12 3 18 3 28 4 6 18 4-6
Messianic Jewish Studies 12 0 26 3 23 1 6 27 0
Missions & Intercultural Studies 12 20 18 3 6 4 6 18 9-11
Pastoral and General Ministries 12 3 18 3 22 4 6 18 10-12
Pastoral Care and Counseling 12 3 18 3 29 4 6 18 3-5
Spiritual Formation 12 3 18 3 19 4 18 18 3

Featured Faculty

Gregory Hagg

Gregory Hagg

Overview

The mission of the Master of Divinity program at Talbot School of Theology is to equip servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the church.

Goals

The Master of Divinity program aims to produce students who:

  • Understand the Word of God and exegete it accurately.
  • Communicate accurately the Word of God including the modes of preaching, teaching, counseling, evangelism and writing.
  • Behave Christianly.
  • Are committed to lead people into worldwide ministry.
  • Comprehend the doctrines of our faith community and their development.
  • Value and acquire the skills needed to lead the diverse Christian community and equip others to lead in ministry.

Emphases

Outcomes

As a result of the Master of Divinity program, the student will:

  • Behave Christianly by valuing and pursuing Christian character. Master of Divinity students will learn an accurate knowledge of self in light of the knowledge of God and will apply course material to their lives.
  • Demonstrate and be committed to an accurate exposition of the Word of God. Master of Divinity students will learn pertinent background information for Bible books, the evangelical principles of literary interpretation of the Word of God, and exegetical skills for the exposition of biblical texts from the original languages.
  • Comprehend historical theology. Master of Divinity students will be cognizant of and value the historical development of doctrine and the significance of this history for the contemporary situation.
  • Comprehend the doctrines typically categorized in systematic theology and assess, prefer, and trust the doctrinal statement of Talbot School of Theology. Master of Divinity students will learn and recall the essential doctrines of our faith community, write theological papers using the inductive method of theological study, critique theological writing, and apply abstract theological concepts to concrete situations.
  • Value and prefer expository preaching. Master of Divinity students will learn to apply the biblical author's intended purpose of a Bible passage in a manner relevant to the lives of their hearers.
  • Write a graduate level research paper that is well organized, well supported, uses appropriate sources, and adheres to appropriate form and style guidelines.
  • Counsel pastorally. Master of Divinity students will learn basic relationship skills, counseling skills, ethical guidelines in pastoral counseling, and develop a plan for referring some counselees.

Admissions Requirements

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  • All applicants must hold the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average.
    Those not meeting this latter requirement, if accepted, will be placed on probation.
  • Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, though exceptions may be made when the grade point average is 3.0 or higher. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take additional liberal arts course work (not applicable toward the graduate degree) if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.
  • Students who have not had Greek but wish to take it in seminary may take Beginning Greek at Talbot (NT 501, 502) and receive elective credit applicable toward the graduation requirement.

Please note additional requirements for the Spiritual Formation emphasis.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete 96-98 semester units as outlined in the curriculum chart.

  • Complete the requirements in one of the concentrations.

  • Submit an acceptable thesis (four units) chosen in consultation with the major advisor or, at the option of the major advisor and in lieu of the thesis, complete six units of electives. Students who write theses will have a total requirement of 96 units, and those who take six units of electives in lieu of a thesis will have a total requirement of 98 units. Five unbound copies of the thesis are to be submitted to the librarian.

  • At least 50% of the total units required for the degree program must be completed at this seminary, calculated prior to applying any advanced standing/reduction or transfer credit.

  • The M.Div. program can be completed in three years, although a more typical rate of progress will allow the program to be completed in four years. For those who need to extend the program, a five-year curriculum for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral & General Ministries Concentration is available. Refer to the appropriate curriculum charts for details.

Biblical Languages

Two biblical languages are required: Greek and Hebrew. Either may be taken first.

Greek

TTNT 503, TTNT 604 and TTNT 605 required beyond beginning Greek. A qualifying examination is available to all interested students. Those who pass the examination may enroll directly in TTNT 503; others must take TTNT 501 and TTNT 502 (two units each) as prerequisites to TTNT 503.

Hebrew

TTOT 603, TTOT 604 and TTOT 705 are required. A qualifying examination is available to interested students. Those who pass the examination may take TTOT 604 plus 3-4 units of Hebrew electives instead of TTOT 603.

Thesis Course Sequence

If a student elects to write a thesis, the course "Thesis First Draft" will be taken at the completion of 64 units and "Thesis Final Draft" at the completion of 80 units. Neither is applicable toward graduation unless both have been completed. Some preliminary steps must be completed by the end of the semester prior to taking "Thesis First Draft."

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