Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three year professional degree program designed to train men and women preparing to serve Christ in Pastoral and other Christian ministries.
The Master of Divinity degree is designed to meet the needs of pastors or other full-time Christian workers, especially those who wish to improve their ability to study, understand, and proclaim the Word of God. The M.Div. degree is designed to be completed in three years. Depending on course load, part-time students can complete the program in four or five years.
The courses of study will cover all of a traditional seminary curriculum, including Bible, Biblical and Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Apologetics, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Biblical Counseling, and many more. Students are encouraged to take courses in the order in which they appear on the curriculum chart, tracking their progress with the FTS “M.Div. Course Checklist.” This is to the student’s advantage as courses are designed to build on previous course work. As in all FTS programs, there is a four-fold emphasis in the curriculum content on biblical hermeneutics, biblical history, biblical theology, and biblical exegesis.
All applicants for the M.Div. program must be nearing completion of a Bachelors degree before applying for the B.Th. program. In order to be accepted into the program, all applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree from a college or university. In addition, students must evidence to the satisfaction of the faculty proven Christian character and adherence to the following doctrines: the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ. Students in M.Div. program must also provide a written statement of church involvement from the local church the student has regularly attended while in seminary. The prescribed Master of Divinity curriculum involves extensive preparation in Hebrew, Greek, Bible, and Systematic Theology, along with preparation in pastoral ministries.
M.Div. Transfer of Credits
A maximum of 30 credit hours from accredited institutions can be transferred to Faith Theological Seminary. Transfer of credit is not automatic. Upon written request, the Registrar will evaluate the official transcript and inform the student of the credit that may be transferred.
To enable students to verbalize a general knowledge of the Bible, including a systematic understanding of the major books, evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues, demonstrate ability to do exegesis in the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible, and evidence an understanding of the educational program of the local church and an awareness of the worldwide mission of the church.
To enable students to evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and evidence of the fruit of the Spirit.
To enable students to, communicate the Bible effectively, demonstrate skills in various ministries, and lead a local church or other group by means of biblical exposition, leadership skills, evangelism, and service.