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The Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) 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 MDiv degree requires 78 credits of study. Students with a strong undergraduate background in religion who have successfully completed introductory courses in Bible, Theology and Ministry may choose advanced courses instead (up to 30 credits).

In view of the competitive nature for entering military and hospital chaplaincies, students interested in these ministries are strongly encouraged to take 90 credits.

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

AGTS offers a distinctive two-track MDiv: one for those who have graduated from a secular college and another for those who have had substantial undergraduate work in Bible, theology and ministry. The first track offers students foundational courses in theological studies. The second track allows students to take advanced courses so as not to repeat courses already taken in their college programs.

The MDiv combines the biblical-theological emphasis of the MA in Theological Studies with the ministry relevance of the MA in Christian Ministries. It more thoroughly equips students for ministry and—for those interested—future studies such as the DMin or PhD.

Overview of Curriculum

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

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

MDiv Degree Components and Requirements

  1. MDiv First Track Foundation Courses and Second Track Advanced Courses. All Foundation are required.
  2. If a Foundation Course has been successfully completed with a grade of C or higher as an undergraduate, then the student may take one of the Advanced Course options. (Several Foundation Courses define our educational vision and do not have alternatives.)
  3. Students who have not taken 6 credits of pre-seminary or basic Greek at the undergraduate level must take it during their first year at AGTS (Greek 1A and Greek 1B classes) in addition to the 78 credits required. If the student is unable to take Greek IA and IB through regular seated 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)

Foundation Courses
Advanced Courses 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
MCC/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
MCC/PTH 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church & Society
HIS 642 Sp. Stu. in Church History/ Historical Theology
MCC/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective   3

Bible and Theology (27 credits)

Foundation Courses
Advanced Courses Credits
BOT 530
Old Testament Introduction

BIB 634, 635, 636 (Center for Holy Lands Studies Tour)


3
BIB 640 Specialized Themes in Biblical Studies (OT)
BOT 531, 538, 539, 540 or BHE Book Study
BOT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in OT
BTH 530 OT Theology
BTH 640 Specialized Studies in Biblical Theology (OT)
 
BNT 530 New Testament 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 634, 635, 636 (A 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, 622 Expository Preaching in Old Testament
BNT 623, 624 Expository Preaching in New Testament
BOT, BNT, BGR and BHE Book Study

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 (642) History & Polity of Selected Denomination
Foundation Courses Advanced Courses Credits
 

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

BAR 630 Biblical Aramaic***


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 530 Hebrew 1A and BHE 531 Hebrew 1B

BHE 633, 634, 635 and 637***
BHE 639 Specialized Studies in Hebrew OT***
BHE 640 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis***
  One Bible or Theology Course 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)

Foundation Courses
Advanced Courses
Credits

HOM 529

Communicating the Message I

HOM 633 Communicating the Message II 3
HOM 633 Communicating the Message II

Any Expository Preaching Course

3
PTH 551 Effective Evangelism and Assimilation PTH 530 Establishing New Churches (Church Planting Course) 3
PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister   3
PTH 558 Journey toward Personal Wholeness   3
PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministry

PTH 520 Contemporary Family Ministry (A Leadership Elective Course)

3
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

3
PTH 653 Leading Christian Ministries   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 degree 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
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Leadership*
  • Military and Institutional Chaplaincy
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
  • Theology

* The MDiv has an embedded leadership concentration in the PTH 557, 558, 559 and 653 courses. If a student wishes to take more leadership courses, this concentration offers 12 additional credits.

 

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. The Center for Expository Preaching offers various non-traditional opportunities for the development of expositional skills.
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
Choose one or both:
 

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

HOM/BNT 623 Expository Preaching in Gospels and Acts 3
 
Evangelism Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
Choose from the following:
 
  MCC 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 Studies Concentration (12 credits)
MHT 635 Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Development 3
MCC/MHT 642 Contextualized Theology 3
Electives (MCC, MHT, MSS) 6
 
Islamic Studies Concentration (12 credits)
MCC 545 Engaging Islam 3
MHT 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues 3
MSS 643 Church Planting in Muslim Contexts 3
One of the following: 3
  MCC 552 Women in Islam
  MCC 553 Islam in the United Sates
  MCC 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter
  MSS 641 Practicm in Intercultural Ministry I*
*Practicum must be completed in a Muslim Context
 
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 Leading Christian Ministries 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.
PTH 620 Ministry in Emerging Culture 3
One of the following: 3
  PTH 540 Military Chaplaincy  
  PTH 541 Industrial and Institutional Chaplaincy  
Choose from among the following courses: 3
  PTH 561 Foundations for Family Ministries and Soul Care  
  PTH 565 Interpersonal Helping Techniques with Diverse Populations  
  PTH 610 Psychological Disorders and Addictive Behaviors  
  PTH 617 Human Sexuality and Marriage Counseling  
  PTH 618 Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts  

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. Completing all of the above courses will equip military chaplaincy candidates with good knowledge and skills for service.

 
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 (Greek)  
  BNT
New Testament 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:
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BOT, BHE or BTH (in OT)  
 
Pastoral Care Concentration (12 or 15 credits)
Choose from the following:
 

PTH 561 Foundations for Family Ministries and Soul Care 3
  PTH 565 Interpersonal Helping Techniques with Diverse Populations 3
  PTH 610
Psychological Disorders and Addictive Behaviors 3
  PTH 615
Human Sexuality and Marriage Counseling 3
  PTH 618
Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts 3
 
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  
 
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.

 
Biblical Language Requirements

MDiv students who have not taken 6 credits of pre-seminary or basic Greek at the undergraduate level must take it during their first year at AGTS (Greek 1A and Greek 1B classes) in addition to the 78 credits required. If the student is unable to take Greek IA and IB through regular seated classes, the courses are also offered through student to student and faculty to student mediated Distance Learning courses.

 

Five-Year MDiv Program

The accelerated MDiv program can be completed in as little as five years. Students earn an undergraduate degree from Evangel University and then complete an MDiv at AGTS. This program will be limited to highly qualified students. The final year of the MDiv program is covered by a full tuition scholarship. Other scholarships may apply for the first four years. (Entrance to the program requires that students be committed to a local church and pastoral ministry.)

Admission to Evangel University is a prerequisite to consideration of application for the Honors Pre-seminary Program leading to a Master of Divinity in five years. Once admitted to Evangel, the applicant’s matriculation into the Honors Program will occur in two stages:

Provisional Admission (no later than mid-term of first semester) requires:

  1. A minimum English ACT score 26 (SAT 590).
  2. Minimum Composite score of ACT 25 (SAT 1680–1730).
  3. High School GPA in the 90th percentile or higher.
  4. Essay describing applicant’s vocation and vision.
  5. Two pastoral references.
  6. Interview with program director.
  7. Decision of the program committee.

Formal Admission (after mid-term of the spring semester of the second year) requires:

  1. A minimum cumulative university GPA of 3.60.
  2. No grade lower than a B.
  3. Application for early admission to AGTS.
  4. Fitness for ministry assessment.
  5. Aptitude for graduate-level study assessment (Graduate Record Exam).
  6. Program committee interview.  
  7. Decision of the program committee. 

The curriculum consists of a total of 153 credits: 75 undergraduate credits in the Honors Pre-Seminary Track and 78 graduate credits for the MDiv.

For more information on the accelerated programs, please contact Associate Dean Dr. Don Johns in Evangel University’s School of Theology and Church Ministries.

 

 

 

 

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