Master of Divinity Course Schedule

Recommended Course Sequence for the Four-Year M.Div.

Year 1

Fall Units Spring Units
OT Studies I 3 OT Studies II 3
Hermeneutics 3 Pastoral Counseling 3
Beginning Greek I 2 Beginning Greek II 2
Found. of Exp. Preach. 1 Phil. of Ministry 2
Gram., Research, Writ. 2 Prayer & the Pastor 2
Total 11 Total 12

Year 2

Fall
Units
Spring
Units
NT Studies                       
3
Apol. & Evangelism
3
Historical Theo. I
3
Historical Theo. II
3
Greek Exegesis I
2
Greek Exegesis II
3
Hebrew Grammar I
3
Hebrew Grammar II
3
Gen. Elective I 2 Gen. Elective II (PM) 2
Total
14
Total
14

Year 3

Fall Units Spring Units
History of Preaching          1 Mech. of Exp. Preaching 2
Hebrew Exegesis 3 Exp. Preach. Workshop 3
Theology 1 3 Theology II 3
Greek Ex. Elective 2 Hebrew Ex. Elective 2
Gen. Elective III 2 Gen. Elective IV 2
Total 11 Total  

Year 4

Fall Units Spring Units
Exp. Preaching Lab*          3 Ordination Preparation 2
Adv. Hermeneutics 2 Practice of Past. Min. 3
OT Introduction 3 NT Introduction 3
Theology III 3 Theology IV 3
Gen. Elective C 2  
Total 13 Total 11
*Capstone Course

Course Descriptions by Year

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.