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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 at least 90 credits.

The MDiv has an embedded leadership concentration in the PTH 557, 558, 559, and 653 courses. Course options enable students to adapt their program to fit their needs and interests while fulfilling requirements.

AGTS offers a distinctive two-track MDiv: The first track offers students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in religion with foundational courses in theological studies. The second track provides students who have completed an undergraduate degree in religion with 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
30
Practical Theology
24
Electives*
9
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, earning at least a B in each) 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.
  4. All AGTS master students must complete their degree programs within a 10-year time limit, which includes any graduate courses transferred in from other schools. See the AGTS Registrar’s Office for more information.

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 (30 credits)

Foundation Courses
Advanced Courses Credits
BIB 532
Hermeneutics

BIB 637 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation


3
BNT 623, 624 Expository Preaching in the New Testament
BOT 621, 622 Expository Preaching in the Old Testament
BOT, BNT, BGR and BHE Book Study
BNT 530 New Testament Introduction

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

3
BIB 640 Specialized Themes (NT) in Biblical Studies
BNT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in NT
BNT 533, 540, 541, 542 or BGR Book Study
BTH 532 NT Theology
BTH 640 Specialized Studies in Biblical Theology (NT)
BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction

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

3
BIB 640 Specialized Themes in Biblical Studies (Old Testament)
BOT 531,538, 539, 540 or BHE Book Study
BOT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the Old Testament
BTH 530 OT Theology
BTH 640 Specialized Studies in Biblical Theology (Old Testament)

HIS 532

532 History & Polity of AG

HIS 528 Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements

3
HIS 642 History & Polity of Selected Denomination
RES 531 Theological Research & Writing   3
 
THE 531 531 Systematic Theology I THE 623 God, Revelation & Truth 3
THE 624 Christ, Humanity in the Plan of God
THE 628 Apologetics
THE 639 Specialized Studies in Theology

THE 532

Systematic Theology II

BTH 635 Theology & Practice of Spiritual Gifts 3
PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society
THE 621 Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
THE 625 Church, End Times & Eternity
THE 639 Specialized Studies in Theology
Foundation Courses Advanced Courses Credits
 

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

BAR 630 Biblical Aramaic***


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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

A Leadership Elective Course

3
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

3
PTH 653 Leading Christian Ministries   3

Electives (9 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

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.

  • Expository Preaching
  • Islamic Studies
  • Military and Institutional Chaplaincy
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
 
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
 
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.

 

 

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, earning at least a B in each) 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.

Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:10 PM

 
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