Students who lack an undergraduate degree may apply for admission to one of the diploma programs that parallel Erskine’s degree programs: Diploma in Divinity (MDiv), Diploma in Practical Ministry (MAPM), and Diploma in Theological Studies (MATS). Applicants must complete the admission requirements as outlined above for master’s degree programs.
Students may convert a completed Diploma to a master’s degree if they subsequently acquire an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by submitting an official transcript documenting the completed undergraduate degree program and conferral date, along with the applicable fee.
Students who have completed the MATS or MAPM degree and seek the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree may enroll in the Diploma in Divinity (MDiv Equivalence) program to complete the final 24 hours needed to earn the equivalent of a 72 hour MDiv program.
As part of the David Livingstone Institute for Christianity, Medicine, and the Sciences, Erskine also offers three (3) Graduate Certificate programs for practicing medical and scientific professionals and students. Students who choose to take these courses for graduate (master’s level) credit will attend lectures and do the required readings and research as stipulated in the various course syllabi.
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 balanced curriculum with courses in biblical studies, theology and church history, and the practice of ministry.
The MAPM prepares graduates for specialized roles in churches or other ministries. Students ordained in denominations that do not require the MDiv often use the MAPM to enhance their knowledge and ministry skills. The curriculum focuses on courses in the practice of ministry.
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Erskine offers the MATS degree both online and onsite to deepen graduates understanding of the Bible, theology, and church history. Students pursue the MATS for personal enrichment, to enhance their ministries as leaders and teachers in their churches, or to prepare for further study.