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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 and Theology (36 credits)

Core Courses:

 

 

BTH/MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical & 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 I*,1

3

 

THE 532 Systematic Theology II*,1

3

 

HIS 532 History & Polity of the AG*,1

3

Advanced Courses:

 

 

BHE 530 Hebrew 1A1

3

 

BHE 531 Hebrew 1B1

3

 

One of the following:

3

 

 

BTH 530 Old Testament Theology or

 

 

 

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

 

Practical Theology (27 credits)

Core Courses:

 

 

PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister

3

 

PTH 558 Journey toward Personal Wholeness

3

 

PTH 653 Leadership Christian Ministries

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 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministry

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.

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 Muslim Contexts

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 I*

 

 

 

 

* Practicum must be completed in a Muslim context.

 

 

Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:08 PM

 
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