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The Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at AGTS is a leading edge program designed to enable:

  • A deep grasp of God’s mission in the world and its development throughout history to the present
  • Skills for interpreting the Scriptures
  • Appreciation for and experience of the empowering of God’s Spirit in transformation and ministry
  • Rigorous reflection on Christian truths
  • Holistic leadership for engaging contemporary challenges
  • Effective evangelism, disciple-making and meeting of community needs
  • Practical competencies needed for ministry in a pluralistic society

At AGTS, the M.Div. degree requires 78 credits of study. It has been streamlined to enable students to begin or resume full-time ministry one semester sooner than traditional 90-credit programs. Students from Christian colleges who have successfully completed introductory courses in Bible, Theology and Ministry may choose advanced courses instead (up to 30 credits). This means that these students may take 78 credits of advanced courses compared to only 60 credits offered in the 90-credit programs at other seminaries.

In view of the competitive nature for entering military and hospital chaplaincies, students interested in these ministries are strongly encouraged to take 90 credits. If desired, students from secular colleges and universities may choose to take courses beyond the required 78 credits.

Course options enable students to adapt their program to fit their needs and interests while fulfilling requirements. Thirteen concentrations allow students to further specialize in a particular area, if they wish.

AGTS offers a distinctive two-track M.Div.: one for those who have graduated from a secular college and another for those who have had substantial undergraduate work in Bible, theology and/or ministry. The first track eliminates the frustration of keeping up with students who already have a background in theological studies. The second track eliminates the frustration of repeating courses already taken in undergraduate studies, and allows students to take more advanced courses than in traditional 90-credit programs.

The M.Div. combines the biblical-theological emphasis of the M.A. in Theological Studies with the ministry relevance of the M.A. in Christian Ministries. It more thoroughly equips students for ministry, and—for those interested—future studies such as the D.Min. or Ph.D.

Overview of Curriculum

Mission of God & World Christianity
12
Bible & Theology
27
Practical Theology
24
Electives
12
Field Education & Research Project
3
Total
78

Students planning to enter a Ph.D. program may profit from taking an additional 12 credits in their field of interest.

Those with limited experience in ministry leadership must take at least one practicum as part of their electives.

M.Div. Degree Components and Requirements

  1. All Core Courses are required.
  2. If a Core Course has been successfully completed with a grade of C or higher as an undergraduate, the student may substitute an Alternative Course. (Several Core Courses define our educational vision and do not have alternatives.)
  3. Alternative Courses may be freely taken in the place of Advanced Courses.
  4. Six credits, two semesters, of introductory Greek is a prerequisite for the M.Div. degree. If not taken previously, students must take Greek IA and IB (BGR 530 and BGR 531) during their first twelve months of studies at AGTS. Greek IA and IB are prerequisites for Greek exegesis courses and will enhance the students’ study of the New Testament. If the student is unable to take Greek IA and IB through regular classes, the courses are also offered through student to student and faculty to student mediated Distance Learning courses.

Mission of God and World Christianity (12 credits)

Core Courses
Alternatives Credits
BTH/MHT 501
Mission of God in Biblical and
Contemporary Contexts

 

 

3
HIS/MHT 556 World Christianity I

PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society

3
PHI 631/THE 628 Apologetics
MCS/PTH 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church & Society
HIS 642 Sp. Stu. in Church History/
Historical Theology
HIS/MHT 557 World Christianity II PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society 3
PHI 631/THE 628 Apologetics
MCS/PTH 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church & Society
HIS 642 Sp. Stu. in Church History/ Historical Theology
MCS/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective   3

Bible and Theology (27 credits)

Core Courses
Alternatives Credits
BOT 530
OT Introduction

BTH 530 OT Theology


3
BOT 531, 538, 539, 540 or BHE Book Study
BOT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in OT
BTH 640 Specialized Studies in Biblical Theology (OT)
BIB 639 Holy Lands Study Tour
BIB 640 Specialized Themesin Biblical Studies(OT)
BNT 530 NT Introduction

BTH 532 NT Theology

3
BNT 533, 540, 541, 542 or BGR Book Study
BNT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in NT
BTH 640 Specialized Studies in Biblical Theology (NT)
BIB 639 Holy Lands Study Tour
BIB 640 Specialized Themes (NT) in Biblical Studies
BIB 532 Hermeneutics

BIB 637 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation

3
BOT 621 Expository Preaching in Prophets and Apocalypse
BOT 622 Expository Preaching in Psalms and Wisdom Literature
BNT 623 Expository Preaching in Gospels and Acts
BNT 624 Expository Preaching in Epistles

THE 531

Systematic Theology I

THE 623 God, Revelation & Truth

3
THE 624 Christ, Humanity and the Plan of God
THE 628 Apologetics
THE 639 Specialized Studies in Theology
THE 532 Systematic Theology II

THE 625 Church, End Times & Eternity

3
THE 621 Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
BTH 635 Theology & Practice of Spiritual Gifts
PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society
THE 639 Specialized Studies in Theology
HIS 532 History and Polity of AG HIS 528 Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements 3
HIS (800) History & Polity of Selected Denomination
Advanced Courses Alternatives Credits
 

Two Biblical language courses (6 credits) beyond Greek 1A and 1B (BGR 530 and BGR 531)

Hebrew 1A and 1B (BHE 530 and BHE 531

6
BGR 611 Inductive Studies in Greek NT I*
BGR 612 Inductive Studies in Greek NT II*
BGR 624, 625, 626 and 627**
BGR 630 Specialized Readings in Greek NT and/or Hellenistic Greek**
BHE 633, 634, 635 and 637***
BHE 639 Specialized Studies in Hebrew OT***
BHE 640 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis***
BAR 630 Biblical Aramaic***
  One Bible or Theology Course (3 Credits) Any BIB, BNT, BOT, BTH, THE, PHI course 3
Any BGR, BHE Bible Book Study
Any PCS course with Bible or Theology cross-listing (Excludes history cross-listing)

* Prerequisite: BGR 530 Greek IA and BGR 531 Greek IB
** Prerequisite: BGR 530 and 531 and BGR 611 and 612.
*** Prerequisite: BHE 530 Hebrew IA and BHE 531 Hebrew IB

Practical Theology (24 credits)

Core Courses
Alternatives
Credits

PTH 544

Spiritual Formation of the Leader

  3
PTH 553 Personal Dynamics of Leadership


3
PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry PTH 625 Effective Leadership 3
PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership
HOM 529 Communicating the Message I

HOM 633 Communicating the Message II

3
HOM 633 Communicating the Message II
Expository Preaching course
3
PTH Elective
Advanced Courses
Alternatives
Credits
PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of Leadership

PTH 623 Effective Relationships in Ministry
PTH/PCP 520 Contemporary Family Ministry
PCP 550 Interpersonal Techniques in Helping Relationships

3
PTH 551 Effective Evangelism and Assimilation

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society
PTH 530 Church Planting (Establishing New Churches)
PTH 620 Ministry in Emerging Culture

3
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

3

Electives (12 credits)

Electives in Bible/Theology, Global Missions and/or Practical Theology

Field Education and Research Project (3 credits)

PTH 556 Field Education Research Project1
This summative course should be taken during the last year of study.

*See Biblical Language Requirements.
1. See Field Education Research Manual.

Concentrations (Optional)

Concentrations are not required. Students may pursue electives of their choice instead. If students desire a concentration, they will assume responsibility for taking the needed courses through their requirements and electives. These concentrations will not appear on the student audit since students often change them during the course of their studies. If the needed courses have been taken and brought to the registrar’s attention, at graduation the concentration will appear on a student’s transcript. Depending on the concentration, four or five courses are needed.

  • Biblical Languages and Exegesis
  • Expository Preaching
  • Evangelism
  • Leadership
  • Military and Institutional Chaplaincy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Community Development and Justice*
  • Intercultural Ministries
  • Islamic Studies
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Theology
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

* Courses required for concentration will appear at a later date.

 

Biblical Language and Exegesis Concentration (12 credits)
Choose four courses in biblical languages: BAR, BGR or BHE courses (Excludes BGR 530 and 531 and BHE 530 and 531)
 
Expository Preaching Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
For more information please visit www.agts.edu/center_for_expository_preaching or contact Dr. Doug Oss at doss@agts.edu. The center offers various non-traditional opportunities for the development of expositional skills.
Choose one or both:
 

HOM/BOT 620 Expository Preaching in Pentateuch/Historical Books 3

HOM/BNT 623 Expository Preaching in Gospels and Acts 3
HOM/BOT 621
Expository Preaching in Prophets and Apocalypse 3
HOM/BOT 622
Expository Preaching in Psalms and Wisdom Literature 3
HOM/BNT 624 Expository Preaching in the Epistles 3
 
Evangelism Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
Choose from the following:
 
  MCS 545
Engaging Islam 3
  PTH 530
Establishing New Churches 3
  PTH 551
Effective Evangelism and Assimilation 3
  PTH 620
Ministry in Emerging Culture 3
  PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society 3
  PHI 623 Apologetics 3
 
Intercultural Ministries Concentration (12 credits)
MHT 635 Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Development 3
MCS/MHT 642 Contextualized Theology 3
Electives (MCC, MCS, MHT, MSS) 6
 
Leadership Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
Choose from the following:
  PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership and Management 3
  PTH 623 Effective Relationships in Ministry 3
  PTH 624 Leading Change and Revitalizing Ministries 3
  PTH 625 Effective Leadership 3
  PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry 3
  PTH Leadership Elective 3
 
Military/Institutional Chaplaincy Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
The training of chaplains for service in military and other institutional settings has been a high priority for AGTS since our founding in 1972. As a result, AGTS has a very large number of graduates serving in chaplaincy positions and a wonderful reputation in the U.S. armed forces. We train more military chaplains than any seminary in the United States, and the large group of chaplaincy candidates at AGTS creates a community of learning that is unique and ideal for creating a network of relationships that will persist for decades of future ministry. This track provides a course of studies that is specifically designed to prepare chaplains for the wide range of duties and skills required in military/institutional ministry.
PCP 520
Contemporary Family Ministry 3
PTH 620 Ministry in Emerging Culture 3
One of the following: 3
  PTH 656 Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts  
  PCP 626 Dying, Grief and Crisis Counseling  
One of the following: 3
  PTH 540 Military Chaplaincy  
  PTH 541 Industrial and Institutional Chaplaincy  
One of the following: 3
  PTH 655 Religious Pluralism and the Ministry of the Chaplain  
  PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society  

Military Chaplain Representative, Scott McChrystal, strongly recommends taking an additional 12 credits to create a 90 credit MDiv. This will improve the opportunity to be placed as a military chaplain and enhance the possibility of promotions as a chaplain. Recommended courses for these additional credits include: PCP 550 Interpersonal Techniques in Helping Relationships, PCP 551 Addictive Behaviors and Family Systems, PCP 622 Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and PCP 760 Clinical Pastoral Education.    

 
New Testament Concentration (12 credits)
BTH 532 New Testament Theology 3
One of the following:
3

BGR 611 Inductive Studies in the Greek NT I  
  BGR New Testament Book Study  
  BNT
Book Study  
One of the following:
3

BGR 612 Inductive Studies in the Greek NT II  
  BNT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the New Testament  
Choose from the following:
3

BNT, BGR or BTH (in NT) course (Excludes BNT 530, BGR 530 & 531 and BTH 532)  
 
Old Testament Concentration (12 credits)
BTH 530 Old Testament Theology 3
Choose three courses from the following:
9

BOT, BHE or BTH (in OT)  
 
Islamic Studies Concentration (12 credits)
MCS 545 Egaging Islam 3
MHT 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues 3
MSS 643 Church Planting in Muslim Contexts 3
One of the following: 3
  MCS 552 Women in Islam
  MCS 553 Islam in the United Sates
  MCS 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter
  MSS 641 Practicm in Intercultural Ministry I*
*Practicum must be completed in a Muslim Context
 
Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Concentration (12 credits)
PCS 528 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 3
One of the following:
3

PCS 533 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church  
  PCS 538 The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament  
One of the following:
3

PCS 534 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit  
  PCS 546 Initial Evidence and Spirit Baptism  
Choose from the following:
3

PCS 633 Divine Healing  
  PCS 635 The Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts  
 
Pastoral Care Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
Choose from the following:
 

PTH/PCP 520 Contemporary Family Ministry 3
  PCP 550
Interpersonal Techniques in Helping Relationships 3
  PCP 564
Applied Human Development 3
  PCP 626
Dying, Grief and Crisis Counseling 3
  PCP 629
Counseling Diverse Populations 3
  PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of the Leader 3
 
Theology Concentration (12 credits)
Choose four courses from the following:
9

THE 600-level courses (Excludes THE 644, 645 and 651)  

 

Distance Learning

A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for graduation, a Field Education Research Project course will be required toward the close of the student’s course work.

Biblical Language Requirements

The M.Div. degree program requires that six credits of advanced biblical languages be taken at AGTS. Introductory coursework in NT Greek is a prerequisite for M.Div. students and cannot be applied to the degree. To satisfy the biblical language requirement, students who have not taken any biblical Greek language study in their undergraduate programs must complete six credits of 500-level Greek (BGR 530 and BGR 531) within the first 12 months of enrollment at AGTS. Beyond Greek IA and IB, students must take Inductive Studies in the Greek New Testament (BGR 611 and BGR 612) or six credits of any biblical languages, as long as they follow the required prerequisite sequences.

Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:14 PM

 
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