Master of Divinity
Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity degree is designed to equip the student for the continued study, application, and ministering of God’s Word. The curriculum concentrates on the biblical basis for ministry practices, allowing for ministry formation in concert with the student’s home church beliefs, and making room for the Holy Spirit to teach and minister in the student’s life. Additional emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, teach or minister in a church or parachurch setting. Electives can be selected in the areas of ministerial studies, languages, or biblical studies.
The Master of Divinity degree is a first professional degree focused on the training and equipping of Christian ministries. It is regarded as a preparatory degree for professional ministry leadership and a prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Philosophy programs.
The Master of Divinity Program Seeks To
- Provide students with a biblical, doctrinal, historical, practical, and personal foundation for ministry from a Spirit-filled perspective.
- Develop research and analytical skills at the graduate level necessary for the ministry and for ongoing biblical studies.
- Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
- Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.
Upon Successful Completion, You Will Be Able To
- Demonstrate proficiency in the authorship, historical background, structure, and themes of the books of the Bible.
- Demonstrate proficiency in areas of church history and basic doctrines.
- Perform graduate-level research.
- Perform graduate-level exegetical analysis of Scripture.
- Communicate Scripture and theology with clarity and conviction.
- Apply inductive and deductive methods to study the Bible.
- Demonstrate competency in areas of Christian ministry.
- Exhibit the character of a teachable servant-oriented leader.
- Serve in a pastoral or other ministry leadership role and teach in a church, church institute, or Bible college.
- Engage in research and studies beyond the Master of Divinity degree.
Course of Study
The Master of Divinity degree is a four-year program consisting of 74 units (semester hours), 59 units of core courses and 15 units of electives. Electives can be selected in the areas of ministerial studies, languages, or biblical studies.
|Theology Research Skills (3 units)|
|GS 501||Theological Research and Writing||3 units|
|Biblical Studies (23 units)|
|MT 505||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation||3 units|
|NT 501||Introduction to the New Testament||3 units|
|OT 501||Introduction to the Old Testament||3 units|
|OT 502||Historical Geography of Israel||3 units|
Choose 1 of the following
|BL 501/502||Biblical Hebrew||8 units|
|BL 503/504||Biblical Greek||8 units|
Choose 1 of the following
|MT 507||Biblical Hermeneutics||3 units|
|MT 512||Biblical Curriculum Development||3 units|
|Church History and Theology (15 units)|
|CH 501||Survey of Church History||3 units|
|CH 502||Readings in Christian Thought||3 units|
|CH 504||Spiritual Outpourings and Revival||3 units|
|TH 501||Theology 1||3 units|
|TH 502||Theology 2||3 units|
|Ministry Practices (18 units)|
|MM 501||Mentored Ministry||3 units|
|MT 501||Spiritual Formation||3 units|
|MT 506||Homiletics||3 units|
|MT 509||Missions and Evangelism||3 units|
|MT 511||Principles of Spiritual Counsel||3 units|
|PL 501||Foundations of Liturgy||3 units|
|BL 508||Intermediate Greek||3 units|
|FL 501||Spanish 1||4 units|
|FL 502||Spanish 2||4 units|
|FL 505||Portuguese 1||4 units|
|FL 506||Portuguese 2||4 units|
|GS 502||Computerized Bible Studies||3 units|
|GS 510||Master’s Thesis||3 units|
|MT 510||Divine Healing and Miracles||3 units|
|MT 513||Biblical Crisis Counseling||3 units|
|NT 504||The Gospels / The Life of Christ||3 units|
|NT 507||The Acts of the Apostles||3 units|
|NT 513||Jewish Background of the Parables||3 units|
|NT 514||Jewish Roots of Christianity||3 units|
|NT 524||The Life and Letters of Paul||3 units|
|OT 520||The Pentateuch||3 units|
|OT 525||The Hebrew Prophets||3 units|
|PL 510||Stewardship and Administration||3 units|
|PL 512||Church Law||3 units|
|Biblical Language courses not applied to core requirements may be taken to satisfy elective requirements.|
Graduate degree courses typically require from 10 to 12 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) study time depending on the subject being studied.
Practical ministry experience and personal devotion are vital elements of an effective ministry program. As a first professional degree, the Master of Divinity degree requires the student to document 400 hours of ministry experience, 300 hours in supervised ministry during the first two years of study and 100 hours of close mentoring as part of their final Mentored Ministry course. A student may complete these requirements at a location of their choice.
Chaplaincy Education Credit
Interested in pursuing a career in chaplaincy? Students looking to become a board certified chaplain can combine their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity program to streamline their chaplaincy career preparation. The University may accept up to three CPE credits towards program requirements including the 300 hour Supervised Ministry requirement, Mentored Ministry course, and three units of elective credit. In order to satisfy the Supervised and Mentored Ministry requirements, CPE courses must be taken while the student is enrolled in the Master of Divinity program. Acceptance of CPE credit is subject to the University’s transfer credit policy.
Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the Master of Divinity program. View all faculty bios.
To graduate with the Master of Divinity degree the student will:
- Complete the minimum number of units required.
- Complete and pass all the courses in the degree program.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.