Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity: (72 credit hours)
The Master of Divinity program is designed for men and women preparing for pastoral ministry with a well-rounded curriculum in biblical studies, theology, church history, and church ministries. The M.Div. can be completed with as little as three years of full-time study and up to seven years of part-time study. Students will develop biblical and theological competence, as well as prepare students for a variety of ministries and vocations including pastorate, chaplaincy, teaching, and other related careers. The M.Div is available in six tracks: General Student Designed, Arts & Worship, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Studies, Historical Studies, and Biblical/Theological Studies.
The Arts and Worship Studies concentration equips students to design, organize, and integrate the arts into corporate expressions of worship that facilitate spreading the Gospel. Students are taught a whole-life concept of worship, which incorporates biblical and theological reflection through an Apostolic Pentecostal lens. Central to this concentration area is the design of worship with attention to the cultural needs of a particular congregation or group.
The Intercultural Studies concentration equips leaders with an understanding of God’s mission for the Church and the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills essential for productive ministry in cross-cultural settings at home and abroad. The program integrates a range of disciplines and methodologies that inform and affect the task of world evangelization, the planting and nurturing of the Church, and the discipling of God’s people. It also trains, empowers, and prepares missionaries and other cross-cultural workers for roles in the intercultural application of theological education, education abroad, chaplaincy, community involvement, and the development of leaders.
The Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration responds to the urgent needs of pastors, ministers, and caring members of the body of Christ to receive training in the best practices for helping the hurting. This concentration offers the student an opportunity to study the integration of theology with counseling theory and provides training in the tools and techniques necessary to meet the counseling challenges faced by pastoral staffs. While this concentration does not lead to the qualifications for state counseling licensure, with this education students will be prepared to provide comprehensive care and counseling ministry of various types and diverse settings.
The Historical Studies concentration trains students to more fully comprehend the relationship between history and theology. Courses in Early Christian History and the Reformation offer students a firm foundation in general church history, while courses in Revival and Revivalism and Modern Pentecostal Movements help students situate Apostolics in the history of Christianity. The location of the Center of the Study of Oneness Pentecostalism on the UGST campus provides access to the key documents for exploring various aspects of Oneness history and culture.
The Biblical/Theological Studies concentration offers both Greek and Hebrew along with a variety of book studies and theological courses. Old Testament courses feature professors with expertise in narrative criticism, the Pentateuch, historical books, wisdom literature, and poetic books. New Testament classes provide the opportunity for students to study with professors whose interests include Johannine literature, ancient media culture, and apocalyptic literature. The concentration is a good fit for thesis writers wishing to pursue future academic work in Biblical Interpretation and for those who desire to more effectively utilize Scripture in ministry.
The UGST faculty has set the following objectives for the M.Div. degree with the approval of the board of directors and in conjunction with the Degree Program Standards of the Association of Theological Schools. Students will be responsible for demonstrating the achievement of all objectives through the development of the M.Div. portfolio.
- Produce graduate level biblical and theological reflection from an Apostolic Pentecostal tradition that is in conversation with the context of broader Christianity (ATS: Religious Heritage)
- Engage with diverse contexts in which ministry occurs using multiple theoretical perspectives (ATS: Cultural Context)
- Commit to ongoing spiritual formation in community rooted in loving God and actively serving others in the world (ATS: Personal and Spiritual Formation)
- Develop a breadth of pastoral competencies in accordance with the nature of the student’s calling
- Demonstrate leadership of a discipleship process across a person’s lifespan
- Conduct research in pastoral ministry
- Pursues personal integrity and holiness in lifestyle and ministry