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Master of Divinity In-Service Track

The Master of Divinity, In-Service Track requires that applicants: demonstrate involvement in ministry and satisfy standard admission requirements. The equivalent of one year of residency (27 credits) at the
Springfield, Missouri, campus is required.
A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.

Degree Requirements

The M.Div. In-Service Track is a 78-credit degree, which does not allow for course reduction. A prerequisite for the M.Div. In-Service Track is one year of Greek or its equivalent, which may be taken in addition to the degree credits required. In addition to the general requirements for graduation, participants must complete a field-based research project that applies biblical and professional research to a specific context of ministry.

The M.Div. In-Service Track curriculum is identical to that of the resident M.Div. to provide a seamless approach to integrative learning regardless of the geographic context in which the participant studies. For courses successfully completed as an undergraduate, a student may substitute an advanced course. See the resident M.Div. degree for examples. The requirements for this degree as stated in the catalog will remain for the duration of the student’s program.

Islamic Studies Concentration Option

The Islamic Studies Concentration provides the opportunity to develop competencies essential for effective ministry to Muslims.

Master of Divinity In-Service Track Degree Program Requirements

Bible & Theology (36 credits)
Core Courses:
BTH/MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical and Contemporary Contexts
3
HIS/MHT 556 World Christianity I1
3
HIS/MHT 557 World Christianity II1
3
BIB 532

Hermeneutics*

3
BNT 530 New Testament Introduction*1
3
BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction*1
3
THE 531 Systematic Theology I1
3
THE 532 Systematic Theology II1
3
HIS 532 History & Polity of the AG1
3
Advanced Courses:
BHE 530

Hebrew 1A1

3
BHE 531 Hebrew 1B1
3
One of the Following:
3
  BTH 530

Old Testament Theology

  BTH 532 New Testament Theology
 
Practical Theology (27 credits)
Core Courses:
PTH 544

Spiritual Formation of the Leader

3
PTH 553 Personal Dynamics of Leadership
3
PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry
3
MCS 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective
3
Two of the following:
6
  HOM 529

Communicating the Message I

  HOM 633 Communicating the Message II
  HOM 531 Methods of Biblical Preaching
Advanced Courses:*
PTH 551

Effective Evangelism

3
PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of Leadership
3
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry
3
   
Electives (12 credits)

Program participants may choose a variety of courses offered or concentrate on one area of academic discipline.

12
 
Field Education Research Project2 (3 credits)
PTH 556 Field Education Research Project
3
 

 

* Participants who have successfully completed the course in their undergraduate program may substitute an equivalent advanced course.
1 May be taken through Distance Learning (DL).
2 See Field Education Research Manual.  This summative course may only be taken during the last 12 credits of study. 

 
Islamic Studies Concentration (12 credits)
The Islamic Studies Concentration is optional. If pursuing this concentration, the student must incorporate the concentration courses within the M.Div. In-Service Track degree.
  MCS 545

Engaging Islam

3
  MHT 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues
3
  MSS 643 Church planting in the Muslim Context 
3
One of the following:
3
  MCS 552 Women in Islam
  MCS 553 Islam in the United States
  MCS 554

Folk Islam and Power Encounter

  MSS 641 Practicum in Intercultural Ministry 1*

 

*Practicum must be completed in a Muslim context

Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012 12:09 PM



 
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