Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Equipping Ministers to Lead and Serve the Church
We believe that the MDiv is the degree that completes the training necessary for effective ministry in the church. That is why we have determined to make this degree as accessible to you as we can. For those who are already busy serving in ministry or working a secular job, you may earn the MDiv completely online as well as in residence. For those who feel that enrolling in a master’s degree is a daunting prospect, you should know that our courses are taught by experienced, encouraging professors who are eager to see you serve the Lord and will give the time and personal attention needed to help you grow and succeed.
BJU Seminary’s Master of Divinity program will prepare you to lead and serve the church like no other degree. This carefully balanced program will help you master biblical content, theology, church history, biblical languages and ministry skills.
Essential to these endeavors is your ability to faithfully translate, exegete and interpret Scripture from the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. That is why our MDiv program lays a solid foundation in the biblical languages.
You will not only become proficient in grammar and syntax, but you will also explore advanced methods of Greek exegesis with immediate application to sermon preparation. And you will be taught to read the Hebrew text in a way that will amplify your ability to feed God’s people from Old Testament passages.
But beyond developing these essential skills you will have numerous opportunities to put them into practice in your learning experience and in your local church. As part of your education you will create and deliver numerous expository sermons and articulate your theological convictions in writing as you prepare for future ordination.
You will also have numerous opportunities to put what you’re learning into practice outside of the classroom. You may find a place of service one of many outreaches and local church ministries in the Greenville area. And with our online version of the MDiv you may continue to lead and serve your church where you live as part of your experience. In short, the MDiv program will develop your skills in exposition, leadership, counseling, and communication of the Gospel. Your understanding of Scripture and theology will deepen, and you will discover the rich heritage of faithful believers who have served the church throughout the ages.
Courses (72–87 Credits)
Each student will be able to
- Apply principles of interpretation to Scripture.
- Exegete Scripture in the original languages.
- Prepare outlines of theological position.
- Assess historical and contemporary movements, denominations, significant writings and prominent leaders in church history.
- Display growth in a personal knowledge of God through scriptural means.
- Define and apply principles of Christian leadership.
- Counsel individuals facing problems in life.
- Deliver sermons that speak biblical truth and its applications effectively and convincingly to one of the most discriminating audiences: military officers and troops.