Master of Divinity

Designed to produce a well-rounded pastor and preacher, the Master of Divinity prepares you to handle God's Word precisely and shepherd God's people effectively​

4

years to completion

98

required
units

59

degrees granted last year

Our expanded curriculum, taught by a united faculty of pastor-theologians, fully prepares you to . . .

Master the Original Languages

Know How to Interpret Any Text   

Proclaim the Bible Verse-by-Verse

Shepherd God’s People with Reformed Practical Theology

What makes the TMS Master of Divinity a unique theological degree?

The curriculum and the location.

When it comes to the care of souls, the question is not “How quickly and easily can I prepare?” but “How much training do I need to be fully equipped? That is why our curriculum requires twice the units of other programs and emphasizes the original languages. And because pastors need to care for souls in a place of souls, our full M.Div. is a residential program, located on the campus of Grace Community Church.

  • 10 Language Courses
  • 7 Bible Courses
  • 6 Theology Courses
  • 6 Ministry Courses
  • 5 Preaching Courses
  • 5 Elective Courses

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Core Courses

Year 1

Learn vocabulary, grammar, the basic principles of Greek syntax, and the effective use of lexical, grammatical, and syntactical tools. Translate portions of the Greek New Testament.

Survey the entire Old Testament with a focus on understanding the major contents of each book. Examine literary structure, historical backgrounds, geographical settings, and parallel passages to enhance comprehension and application to contemporary issues and concerns. 

Study the major interpretive approaches to the Bible, both historical and contemporary, and learn the principles for normal cultural, and historical interpretation. Establish general and special principles of interpretation by examining parables, types, prophecies, poetry, and a variety of figurative constructs. 

This course provides an introduction to the basics of English Grammar, Scholarly Research, and Academic Writing. These skills are necessary not only for student success in later courses, but for the lifelong pursuit of excellence in the study and communication of biblical truth. Topics covered include basic grammatical constructions such as parts of speech, syntax, phrases and clauses, and sentence diagramming), research methodology, bibliographic formatting, effective use of the library, and keys to writing well.

This course introduces you to the roles and responsibilities inherent to being a pastor. Crafted for the purpose of enhancing your ministry preparedness, this class focuses the qualifications for spiritual leadership, a biblical paradigm for local church ministry, and the practical realities of shepherding a congregation.

Understanding that the ultimate goal of every theological education is being able to effectively communicate God’s truth, this first semester course develops and illustrates the biblical mandate for expository preaching. Special emphasis is placed on the essence and essentials of expository preaching and the source of its power.

This course covers topics such as the theological basis of discipleship/counseling, the definition of biblical counseling, the essentials for the discipler/ counselor, a comparison of counseling philosophies, and the biblical view of change, guilt, and self-image. Also included are the key elements of the counseling process, handling one’s past and one’s attitude.

With a focus on the scriptural teaching on prayer, this course is designed to impact your personal prayer life and prepare you for leading a congregation of believers. The course examines the tension of the sovereignty of God, the responsibility of humans to pray and respond, and the role of the Holy Spirit.

Year 2

These courses are designed to make Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. The first semester builds Greek vocabulary, increases confidence in translation, highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures. The exegetical method employed is both synthetic and analytical, with primary applicability to the didactic and epistolary literature of the New Testament. The second semester provides extensive opportunity for the application of exegetical methodologies in careful study of several epistles.

The first course will provide you with basic vocabulary and understanding of the essential principles of phonology, morphology, and syntax. In the second course, you will read selected portions of the Hebrew Old Testament (with a view towards greater dexterity in handling the Hebrew text), increase vocabulary, learn the basic use of language tools, and gain exposure to the major genres of the Old Testament.

A survey study designed to give you a sense of perspective and appreciation of the church since the time of Christ. Primary attention is devoted to the major events, individuals, and issues which have played significant roles in the history of the church.

A survey of the entire New Testament, devoting special attention to the major lessons of each book. The course examines the historical, cultural, and geographical setting for the New Testament and for each book. It emphasizes both the understanding of the text and the applications to Christian living, and evaluates the major problems associated with each book.

A careful biblical and theological development of a consistent apologetic. The course provides a basis for the evaluation of various empirical systems as well as a working knowledge of presuppositionalism for use in all aspects of practical ministry. Evangelism is then studied within this framework to present the student with a consistent gospel presentation for biblical evangelism.

Year 3

Throughout history, God has always had his spokesman who articulated God’s message to the people. Beginning with the OT prophets, Jesus Christ, the NT apostles, and continuing to the present, this course highlights the unbroken chain of preachers throughout history and establishes the student’s responsibility and role in continuing this extraordinary chain.

Designed to prepare you for independent exegesis of the Hebrew text, this course emphasizes principles of translation, syntactical analysis, and procedures in lexical word studies. Includes introduction to textual criticism, literary analysis, and relationship of ancient near eastern backgrounds to exegesis. Focuses on exegetical methodology with exposition as the goal.

Theology 1: A study of prolegomena, dealing with the essence and source of systematic theology, and reasons for its study; theology proper, including revelation, trinitarianism, and God’s relation to the universe; and bibliology, emphasizing inspiration and inerrancy.

Theology II: A study of Christology, the person and work of Jesus Christ; pneumatology, the person and work of the Holy Spirit; and angelology, including the nature and ministry of angels, Satan, and demons. Includes an introductory examination and critique of the charismatic movement. 

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This course is built on the foundation of previous coursework, including but not limited to the preaching courses. As a laboratory class, it is designed to expose and train you in developing the various constituent parts of the sermon, such as the introductions, conclusions, illustrations, etc.

Year 4

The study of homiletical methodology with special emphasis on expositional preaching and the development of communication skills. Video recordings are used as an aid allowing more personalized evaluation of effectiveness of communication in both content and style.

An apologetic for the Grammatical-Historical method of interpretation. This course will explain why the Grammatical-Historical method can be applied to understanding New Testament use of the Old Testament, evaluating theological systems, and addressing contemporary issues in hermeneutics.

The course addresses the historical and cultural environment of the OT (Hebrew Bible), the composition of the OT and its literary genres, and the canonical development of the OT. Major contemporary interpretive and theological issues are discussed, including an examination and evaluation of the contribution of the modern critical approaches.

A study of General Introduction and Special Introduction to the New Testament, including the fields of canonicity, textual criticism, criticism of the Synoptic Gospels, and special introductory matters pertaining to the books of the New Testament.

Theology III: A study of anthropology, focusing on the origin and nature of man; hamartiology, dealing with the fall and its consequences, especially total depravity; and soteriology, dealing with the atonement of Christ, election, regeneration, conversion, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

Theology IV: A study of ecclesiology, focusing on the inception, organization, ordinances, and ministry of the church; and eschatology, including a study of the biblical covenants, the rapture, tribulation, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrections, the eschatological judgments, the eternal state, and personal destiny.

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Clarity on the Issue of Unity
by John MacArthur

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A United Faculty of Pastor-Theologians

At TMS you not only study on the campus of a local church, you study under the men who lead it. Each year our professors sign our robust doctrinal statement because we see no separation between sound doctrine and faithfulness in ministry.

John MacArthur

Pastoral Ministries

Steve Lawson

Expository Preaching

Brad Klassen

Bible Exposition

Iosif J. Zhakevich

Old Testament

Mark Zhakevich

New Testament

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Minister in a Living Laboratory

Because of its setting, the campus of Grace Community Church, TMS is uniquely equipped to train you in the practical arenas of ministry.

Each week, in Discipleship Chapel, you and a small group of students will meet with a faculty member to discuss practical ministry and personal development. By the time you graduate, you will have had years of opportunity to interact with and learn from the TMS faculty. In weekly chapel services, you will sit under the preaching of faculty, alumni, and special guests. This is a unique opportunity to be fed the truths of Scripture by faithful men who went before you. The emphasis upon personal holiness extends to the classroom as well. Hebrew grammar lessons are graced with real-world, pastoral applications, counseling courses are taught by those who have counseling appointments later that day, and preaching classes are led by those who understand the importance of holiness for pastoral ministry.

For you to grow as preacher, you need to preach. Our small student body and investment from Grace Community Church pastors provides you the environment to do so. In Preaching Lab, you will preach repeatedly in front of different pastor-professors, elders, and a small group of students. After receiving constructive feedback, you will prepare to preach your next sermon. Within these labs, you are given the opportunity to practice your preaching using every tool that has been given to you in seminary. 

As a TMS student, you have access to two partnering missions organizations. We share a building with The Master’s Academy International, a fellowship of training centers established and run by our alumni. The organization supports indigenous church leaders by providing the tools to plant and pastor bible-centered, Christ-exalting churches and now has 15 training centers in 15 countries. Located on campus, Grace Ministries International facilitates their biblical obligation to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by providing leadership training, church strengthening, church planting, and bible translation. 

Our partnership with Grace Community Church gives you the opportunity to serve the local church while still in seminary. Every year, GCC and other like-minded churches in the area offer pastoral internships that provide our students the opportunity to preach and shepherd a bible study or fellowship group. Other ministry opportunities include counseling, discipleship, and evangelism in the local neighborhoods, jails, and abortion clinics. Many students also participate in short-term missions trips.

Invest in Your Calling

Seminary is a sacrifice that requires your time, energy, and resources. But if the Lord who feeds the sparrows and clothes the lilies has called you to this training, will he not also provide the means for you to do it? The investment you make in your preparation will pay ministerial dividends for a lifetime. 

$295

per unit with the Full-Time Residential Scholarship

$3,245

per semester as a full-time student (11 units or more)

$5,000

per semester as a part-time student (10 units or less; $500 per unit)

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