Academics

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is designed to prepare students for the ordained gospel ministry as pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and evangelists. The health of the church and society depends upon the faithful ministry of the Word of God. The Master of Divinity program's purpose is to train men to serve the church as knowledgeable pastors with servants' hearts. Because the Seminary Board and faculty believe that Scripture limits the role of official teaching and leadership in the church to qualified men, only men are admitted to the Master of Divinity program. Women are invited to enroll in the Master of Theological Studies program.

To qualify for admission to the Master of Divinity program the applicant must be a dedicated Christian who has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent, with a grade point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. Applicants who fall below this average may be admitted, but the Registrar will review their seminary academic work on a regular basis. Applicants without Bachelor of Arts degrees are evaluated on an individual basis.

Bachelor of Arts majors in English, Greek, History, or Philosophy are recommended as preparation for theological study. Ordinarily at least two years or four courses of Greek, or their equivalent, is a prerequisite for obtaining the Master of Divinity degree. A minimum of credits in the following areas is strongly recommended: eight courses in the humanitieis, including two semester length courses each in English (including grammar and composition), history (including classical history), and philosophy (including a survey of ancient philosophy); two years (four courses) of Greek; two courses in natural science, two courses in social science; two courses in public speaking.

Mid-America recognizes, however, that increasing numbers of students are seeking Master of Divinity degrees after some time in the work force. These students may not have followed a traditional pre-seminary track of college education and may need special instruction to meet prerequisite requirements. The Seminary works closely with these students to meet their needs.

A limited number of students who have not earned the B.A. degree, but whose life experience suggests that they would be suitable M.Div. students, may apply for the M.Div program. The following "core" prerequisites are strongly recommended for such non-B.A. degree students: two college-level English courses, one of which must include grammar and composition; two college-level history courses, one of which must include classical history; two college-level courses, one of which must provide a survey of ancient philosophy; and four college-level biblical or Koine Greek courses.

If a student's performance in the academic areas specifed above has been deficient, either in course selections or grades, the faculty may require additional work. This will be done in consultation between the student and the faculty.

Each transcript will be evaluated on its own merits. Competency examinations may be offered to those who have covered certain areas of theological study in their college work. For more information on the application process, please check out the how to apply page. This process should be completed before May 1 of the first year of study.

Master of Divinity Course Sequence
      Fall Interim Spring
Junior Year
  OT 113 Basic Hebrew 3    
  NT 113 Introduction to New Testament 3    
  CH 112 Ancient Church History 2    
  AS 112 Introduction to Apologetics 2    
  DD 112 Theological Foundations 2    
  PS 114 Homiletics and Catechetics 4    
  (GK 201 New Testament Greek) (3)    
  OT 112 Hebrew   2  
  OT 133 Interpretation of Revelation before the Monarchy     3
  BD 133 Biblical Hermeneutics     3
  DS 133 Theology Proper (The Doctrine of God)     3
  PS 132 Public Worship     2
  PS 133 Pastoral Care and Counseling     3
  PP 131 Catechism Sermon     1
  (GK 202 New Testament Greek)     (3)
  Total Course Hours: 34 16 2 16
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Middler Year
  OT 214 Interpretation of the Revelation before the Monarchy 4    
  MO 211 Applied Exegesis 1    
  NT 213 Interpretation of the Gospels and Acts 3    
  MN 211 Applied Exegesis 1    
  DS 212 Anthropology (The Doctrine of Humanity) 2    
  DS 213 Christology 3    
  Elective   2    
  Elective     2  
  OT 233 Interpretation of Revelation in the Period of the Monarch     3
  MO 211 Applied Exegesis     1
  NT 233 Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles     3
  MN 231 Applied Exegesis     1
  CH 234 Medieval and Reformation Church     4
  DS 233 Pneumatology     3
  PS 232 Applied Pastoral Counseling     2
  Total Course Hours: 35 16 2 17
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Senior Year
  OT 313 Interpretation of Revelation in the Exilic/Post-Exilic Periods 2    
  MO 311 Applied Exegesis 1    
  AS 313 Applied Apologetics 3    
  ES 313 Christian Ethics 3    
  DS 313 Ecclesiology 3    
  PS 313 Missions and Evangelism 3    
  Elective     2  
  NT 333 Interpretation of the General Epistles and Revelation     3
  MN 331 Applied Exegesis     1
  ED 333 Denominational Hist/Government     3
  CH 334 Modern Church History     4
  DS 332 Eschatology     2
  Elective       2
  Total Course Hours: 32 16 2 15
 
  Total Hours: 94
Total Elective Hours: 8
  Total Hours: 102