Master of Divinity

The MDiv is the professional degree that traditionally prepares graduates to serve in ordained ministry and is required by many denominations for ordination. The MDiv provides a strong foundation for ministry with a balanced curriculum including courses in biblical studies, theology and church history, and the practice of ministry. Nevertheless, students must consult with their own denomination to determine its particular educational requirements for ordination.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an acceptable grade point average. Students who lack an undergraduate degree may be awarded the Diploma in Theology by completing the same curriculum.

The MDiv curriculum requires 90 hours of courses as outlined below. The degree can be completed in as little as three years of full-time study.

Bible (24 hours)

  • BI 502 Principles of Exegesis (required of first-year students)
  • BI 503 Introduction to the Biblical Languages (required of students who do not take Greek or Hebrew)
  • OT 501 Old Testament I
  • OT 502 Old Testament II
  • NT 601 New Testament I
  • NT 602 New Testament II
  • OT exegesis elective
  • NT exegesis elective

BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who do not pass the Bible Challenge Exam.
The Seminary recommends that students complete 6-9 hours of Greek and/or Hebrew.

Theology Department (24 hours)

  • CH 501 Early and Medieval Church History
  • CH 502 Reformation and Modern Church History
  • ST 601 Systematic Theology I
  • ST 602 Systematic Theology II
  • ST 603 Systematic Theology III
  • Ethics Elective
  • Missions/Contextualization Elective
  • Denominational History and Doctrine or Theology Department elective

Ministry Department (24 hours)

  • CE 505 Christian Education
  • PM 507 Evangelism
  • WP 601 Worship and Preaching I
  • PM 604 Christian Leadership and Church Administration
  • CO 607 Basic Counseling
  • PM 609 Pastoral Care Ministry
  • WP 701 Worship and Preaching II
  • PM 705 Supervised Ministry

Other (3 hours)

  • PM 501 Introduction to Theological Education

Electives (15 hours)

 

Denominational Requirements

Erskine Seminary educates students from a variety of denominations. Students must consult with church officials to become familiar with their denomination’s requirements for ordination and should consult with the M.Div. program director to determine the best way to meet these requirements. Students may pursue up to six hours of additional work beyond that required for their degree in order to satisfy denominational requirements or personal interests.

Students seeking ordination in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and Orthodox Presbyterian Church should take nine hours each of biblical Greek and Hebrew, ST 715 Westminster Standards, and PS 501 Presbyterian Church History and Polity.

Students seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students should take PC 501 Polity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and PC 502 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) History and Confessions.

Concentrations

MDiv students may choose to pursue a concentration by completing nine hours in one of the areas outlined below.

Educational Ministries for Youth and Families (9 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours)

  • CE 713 Teaching the Bible

Electives (6 hours) *

  • CO 570 Human Growth and Development
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 720 Children and the Church
  • PM 725 Youth Ministry
  • PM 733 Effective Ministry with Adults

Evangelism and Missions (9 hours)

Electives (9 hours) *

  • MS 775 Islam in the West
  • PM 742 Developing the Missional Church
  • PM 745 Church Planting and Renewal
  • PM 786 The African-American Church
  • ST 780 Apologetics

(These 9 hours are in addition to the required Missions/Contextualization elective.)

Pastoral Care (9 hours)

Electives (9 hours) *

  • CO 570 Human Growth and Development
  • CO 580 Family and Marriage Counseling
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 774/775 Clinical Pastoral Education I/II

* or other electives approved by the student’s advisor

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