Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Purpose

The Master of Divinity program is to prepare students for effective pastoral ministries in various settings.

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

1. Demonstrate growth in self-awareness, spiritual vitality, characters, interpersonal relationships, and life calling.

a. Practice spiritual disciplines such as daily devotion time regularly.
b. Give evidence of increased desire to draw closer to God.
c. Give evidence of positive attitude or behavior change.
d. Able to do in-depth self-reflection with evidence of personal openness.
e. Able to list or identify some future personal growth goals based on life calling.
f. Give evidence of maturity in handling interpersonal relationships.
g. Demonstrate vibrant team spirit in student community.

2. Demonstrate competency in biblical knowledge, interpretation, and theological thinking.

a. Able to identify main themes and life implications of biblical passage.
b. Able to illustrate basic critical thinking skills in biblical and theological interpretation.
c. Able to construct biblical or theological analysis with clear structure and solid arguments.
d. Able to provide applicable conclusions with theological themes from biblical passage.
e. Able to analyze real life cases with relevant biblical or theological principles.

3. Demonstrate competence in essential ministerial and leadership skills, including preaching, teaching, and counseling.

a. Able to construct and deliver sermons that appropriately reflects the message of the text.
b. Able to illustrate and communicate biblical messages in a culturally relevant manner.
c. Able to design practical biblical lessons to specific audience in church setting.
d. Demonstrate basic leadership and management skills in church ministry setting.
e. Demonstrate basis listening skills to help people process feelings and thoughts in counseling
f. Appreciate and understand how culture affects interaction patterns

4. Demonstrate Passion for global mission and evangelism

a. Supports or involve in global mission tasks regularly
b. Able to plan outreach program in ministry
c. Give evidence of passion for evangelism by modeling

5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in ministry settings

a. Able to provide adequate analysis of the cultural contexts.
b. Able to identify and recognize the ministry challenges in immigrant churches in North America.
c. Give evidence of willingness to take initiatives to break cultural barriers.

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 requirement
Students are required to complete 92 units of course work.  This includes 80 units of core courses, and 12 units of elective courses.

Duration and Location
The program must be completed between 3 years to 7 years.  Students may petition to extend for one more year.  In order to ensure a communal educational experience, at least one year of full-time study shall be completed at the main campus.

Core Courses

Biblical Languages (9 units) – choose 3 of 4 from below

LAS511 Greek I (3)
LAS512 Greek II (3)
LAS531 Hebrew I (3)
LAS532 , Hebrew II (3)

Biblical Studies (24 units)

  • Choose 1 of 2 from below
NTS588 Greek Exegesis I (3)
OTS586 Hebrew Exegesis I (3)
  • Choose 1 of 2 from below
NTS531 NT Theology (3)
OTS531 OT Theology (3)
  • Choose 3 of 4 from below
OTS542 The Pentateuch (3)
OTS528 Historical Literature (3)
OTS554 Poetic Books and Wisdom Literature (3)
OTS559 Prophetic Literature (3)
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NTS501 NT Survey I (3)
NTS502 NT Survey II (3)
TSS500 Hermeneutics (3)

Theological and Historical Studies(15 units)

TSS504 Library Information Research Method (1)
TSS534 God, Bible and Christology (3)
TSS535 Soteriology, Penumatology, and Sanctification (3)
TSS537 Ecclesiology and Eschatology (2)
CHS525 Chinese Church History (2)
CHS510 Church History (3)

Practical Theology(30 units)

PTS519 Spiritual Formation & Practicum (3)
MCS527 Personal Evangelism (2)
PTS531 Pastoral Counseling I (2)
PTS532 Pastoral Counseling II (2)
PCS541 Shepherding and Leadership I (2)
PCS544 Shepherding and Leadership II (2)
CES510 Christian Education (2)
PTS521 Preaching Method I (3)
PTS524 Preaching Method II (3)
MCS521 Introduction to Missiology (3)
PTS572-A    Asian American Ministry (AAM) (3)
TSS529 Christian Ethics (3)

Field Education(2 units)

FES501 Field Education (1)
FES502 Field Education (1)
FES521 Short-Term Mission (0)
FES529 Pastoral Internship (0)

Capstone Project (1 unit)

TSS580 Capstone Project (1)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Three-year curriculum schedule
First Semester Second Semester
1st

year

Personal Evangelism (2) Spiritual Formation & Practicum (3)
Greek I/Hebrew I (3) Greek II/Hebrew II (3)
NT Survey I (3) NT Survey II (3)
Library Info Research Methods (1) Church History (3)
God, the Bible and Christ (3) Elective (3)
Hermeneutics (3)
15 15
summer Short-term mission (0) Elective (3)
2nd

year

Greek Exeg. I/Hebrew Exeg. I (3) OT Theology/NT Theology (3)
The Pentateuch (3) Poetic Books and Wisdom Literature (3)
Shepherding and Leadership I (2) Shepherding and Leadership II (2)
Preaching I (3) Preaching II (3)
Ecclesiology and Eschatology (2) Soteriology, Pneumatology, Sanctification (3)
Field Education (1) Field Education (1)
14 15
summer Pastoral Internship (0) Elective (3)
3rd

year

Greek I/Hebrew I (3) Christian Education (2)
Pastoral Counseling I (2) Pastoral Counseling II (2)
Chinese Church History (2) Historical Literature (3)
Intro to Missiology (3) AAM (3)
Christian Ethics (3) Elective (3)
Capstone Project (1)
 
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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 92 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.