Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Purpose

The Master of Divinity program is to form effective servant-pastors in various ministry and cultural settings anywhere in the world so that missional churches may be built up.

Program Learning Outcomes
The M.Div. program aims to foster and equip students to have the following qualities:

I. Being: Maturing in spirituality and character
1. Demonstration of spiritual maturity of deepening relationship with Christ (Spiritual assessment tools?)
2. Ability of adequate self-reflection and healthy interpersonal relationships
3. Demonstration of genuine humility and servant spirit with emotional stability
4. Observable passion for evangelism and global missions.

II. Proclaiming: Impacting lives by proclaiming truths that are biblically and theologically sound
1. Demonstration of skills for personal evangelism and outreach ministry.
2. Demonstration of ability to preach spiritually inspiring expository sermons and design effective teaching materials
3. Demonstration of biblical accuracy, theological discernment, spiritual insights, and cultural awareness in one’s proclamation

III. Shepherding: Caring and building up lives
1. Demonstration of basic counseling skills with understanding of human emotions, human development, and family dynamics
2. Demonstration of skills to do individual or group discipleship

IV. Leadership: Leading and shaping an orderly ministry
1. Demonstration of ability to formulate mission/vision statements and to make mission/goal-oriented strategic and action plans
2. Demonstration of servant-leadership skills in the context of teamwork
3. Demonstration of ability to mobilize global mission ministry

Admission Requirements
1. A bachelor or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
2. Had been converted, and baptized for at least three years, with a clear calling or the commitment to full-time ministry.
3. A demonstration of maturity in personal and spiritual life, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
4. The ability to understand Mandarin.  (An interview will be given to assess the listening comprehension)
5. Proof of English proficiency is required.  Minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT).  (Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree from English speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)

Program Requirements
The program must be completed between 3 years to 7 years. Students may petition to extend for one more year. All courses are available to be taken online either synchronously or asynchronously.

Curriculum Design

Core Axis: Spiritual and Character Formation (3 units)

 Spiritual Formation course (1 3-unit course + co-curricular requirements)

Stage One: Foundational Knowledge and Skills (13 courses, 37 units)

  • Theology Overview (3)
  • Library Research Methods (1)
  • Bible (24)
    • Biblical Interpretation (3)
    • OT Survey I, II, III, IV (12)
    • NT Survey I, II (6)
    • OT Theology / NT Theology / Single Bible Book (3)
  • History (3)
    • Church History (3)
  • Exegesis (6)
    • Practical Hebrew (3), Practical Greek (3)

Stage Two: Ministerial Integration (3 course-clusters; 12 courses, 4 Field Ed, 1 capstone, 35 units)

  • Proclaiming: (12)
    • Preaching I, II (6)
    • Soteriology & Personal Evangelism (3)
    • Intro. Missiology + Short-term Missionary Internship (3)
  • Shepherding: (12)
    • Pneumatology, Sanctification & Discipleship (3)
    • Intro. Christian Formation (3)
    • Counseling I, II (4)
    • Pastoral Ethics (2)
  • Leadership: (10)
    • Ecclesiology (2)
    • Strategic Ministry Leadership (3)
    • 2 semesters of Pastoral Internships (2) + other field ed activities
    • Asian American Ministry (3) / Chinese Church History (3)
    • Summer Pastoral Internship (0)

Capstone – Integration projects (1)

Electives (10 units)

TOTAL 85 units


Church Life and Field Education
Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities and to receive field education in local churches or para-church organizations.  The purpose is to prepare students for future full-time ministry by getting acquainted with the group they are going to serve and the operation of the church or organization.  Students may ask for help from the Field Education Supervisor in locating internship possibilities.

Transfer Students

  1. Master level students from the accredited seminaries, with a GPA of 3.00 (B or 83.5%) may apply to transfer to our M.Div. program.
  2. Students enrolled in M.A.C.S. program may apply to transfer to the M. Div. program only after 1 year of study (30 credits or more).  The students must fill out the application form and pay the required fee.  The transference must be approved by the admission committee after interview, at least one semester before graduation.
  3. For other transference please refer to Scholastic Regulations.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 85 semester units with GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
  2. Fulfill the requirement of Field Education.
  3. Attend the seminary retreat at least one time during the program.
  4. Obtain an academic clearance.
  5. Students who have 3 or less credit units left to complete the degree program may still attend the annual commencement.  Such students must show proof of registration for the remaining units in the following summer term.