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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is the standard theological degree offered by most seminaries and divinity schools in the U.S. It is typically a three-year program, which follows four years of undergraduate study. This overview will provide you with a snapshot of the courses you will be taking to complete your degree. The Clamp Divinity School seeks to be solidly biblical and intensely practical. As you will notice below, we have selected courses which exemplify this balanced approach to ministry.

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Course Format

The Master of Divinity is offered via three delivery modes, classroom, online, or students can mix delivery modes through our hybrid format. The program is designed to be convenient for persons who are already employed full-time and seek graduate education in a more accessible format and schedule.

The 75-hour Master of Divinity typically can be completed in 2 to 3 years. The maximum time for completing the graduate program is 5 years.

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Program Overview

CHR553. Leadership in Ministry I is a study of the principles of organizational leadership with a particular focus on the local church context. Topics will include ecclesiology, church polity and structure; financial management & budgeting; fund-raising and capital campaigns; personal management (time, finances, emotional management); and spiritual disciplines for ministry.
CHR554. Leadership in Ministry II is an application of principles of organizational leadership to specific issues within a ministry setting, including: building and leading teams; staff relations; mentoring/coaching; interpersonal relationships; dealing with volunteers; conflict resolution; member assimilation; and using technology in leadership.
CHR555. Leadership in Ministry III is an application of principles of organizational leadership to specific issues within a ministry setting, including: crafting and casting vision; project management; leading change; negotiating decision-making; strategic planning; risk management; space utilization; and accountability in leadership.
CHR560. Pastoral Ministry is an introduction to the theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral ministry, including: pastoral care, worship, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, and issues in contemporary ministry.
CHR562. Christian Preaching is a study of the preparation and delivery of effective biblical sermons. (For students for whom preaching is not part of their ministry service, an alternate graduate course may be substituted with the permission of the Dean.)
CHR565. Evangelism and Church Health is an introduction to the disciplines of evangelism and church health, including their biblical basis and theological foundations along with a study of strategies, methodologies, and trends with a focus on their practical application.
CHR566. Missiology is a survey of missions and outreach with particular focus on Southern Baptist missions and emerging mission strategies in the 21st century.
CHR569. Communication for Ministry is a study of rhetorical theory and the process of communication in a contemporary setting, with particular focus on the local church context. Areas of communication to be addressed include preaching, teaching, interpersonal communication, communicating via electronic media, and marketing for ministry.
CHR572. Preaching Practicum provides the student with an opportunity to practice and further develop skills developed in the basic preaching class.  Students will sharpen their skills in effectively preparing and delivering sermons, discover insight on developing genre specific sermons, and learn to develop and implement a preaching plan. Prerequisite: CHR 562 or permission of instructor.
CHR582. Spiritual Formation in Ministry is a survey of biblical foundations, theological principles, and practices of spiritual formation for the minister.
CHR595. Internship is an opportunity for students to apply classroom skills and insights in actual work environments under professional supervision.
CHR501. Introduction to the Old Testament is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in the English Bible, including the Pentateuch, the historical books, the Prophets and Writings in the Old Testament, with an examination of critical, historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues.
CHR502. Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the materials available for studying the life and teachings of Jesus, the transmission of the gospel traditions in the early church, the teachings of Jesus, the main events in Jesus’ life, and a study of the Acts to Revelation in the framework of the history of the early church.
CHR503. Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis is a study of the history of the formation of the biblical canon and development of the English Bible, the goal of biblical interpretation, the presuppositions involved in the interpretation, the means of arriving at the meaning of an ancient text along with its present-day implications, and the application of those principles to biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching. Students will learn to exegete texts using various tools, including electronic resources.
CHR512. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a survey of reading biblical Hebrew; basic grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.
CHR522. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a study of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary in order to read simple narrative passages from the New Testament.
CHR523. Intermediate Biblical Greek is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament, including exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR522

CHR513. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew Old Testament, emphasizing translation and exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR512

CHR504. Christian Theology is a study of the major doctrines in Christian theology, including: creation, the image of God, human nature and original sin, the doctrine of God, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
CHR535. Church History is an introduction to the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the present. Emphasis is placed on the central historical figures, movements, and theological issues, with attention given to their importance for Christian ministry today.
CHR540. Christian Philosophy is a study, in historical perspective, of the basic issues in the philosophy of religion, with a particular emphasis on the application of that study to the development of Christian worldview and the role of Christian apologetics in ministry.
CHR541. Christian Ethics is a survey of Christian theological perspectives on such social issues as the use of violence, economic and political structures, human sexuality, ethnicity, the environment, technology, and the world of medicine.
Students can personalize their ministry training through selecting electives. Each student is required to take (1) Biblical Studies Elective, (1) Theological Studies Elective, and (2) Ministry Studies Electives.

Biblical Studies Electives

CHR501. Introduction to the Old Testament is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in the English Bible, including the Pentateuch, the historical books, the Prophets and Writings in the Old Testament, with an examination of critical, historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues.
CHR502. Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the materials available for studying the life and teachings of Jesus, the transmission of the gospel traditions in the early church, the teachings of Jesus, the main events in Jesus’ life, and a study of the Acts to Revelation in the framework of the history of the early church.
CHR503. Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis is a study of the history of the formation of the biblical canon and development of the English Bible, the goal of biblical interpretation, the presuppositions involved in the interpretation, the means of arriving at the meaning of an ancient text along with its present-day implications, and the application of those principles to biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching. Students will learn to exegete texts using various tools, including electronic resources.
CHR512. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a survey of reading biblical Hebrew; basic grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.
CHR522. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a study of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary in order to read simple narrative passages from the New Testament.
CHR523. Intermediate Biblical Greek is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament, including exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR522

CHR513. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew Old Testament, emphasizing translation and exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR512

CHR510. Hebrew Prophets is a study of prophecy in Israel and the prophetic literature of the Old Testament; emphasis on the historical setting of the prophets, the literary forms used in prophetic preaching, and the contemporary relevance of the prophetic message. Prerequisite: CHR501 or permission of instructor
CHR511. Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature is a study of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Psalms, and Song of Solomon; explores wisdom thinking in Israel and the characteristics of Hebrew poetry. Prerequisite: CHR501 or permission of instructor.
CHR512. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a survey of reading biblical Hebrew; basic grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.
CHR514. Pentateuch is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament, including content, narratives, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite:CHR501 or permission of instructor.
CHR515. Historical Books is a study of the historical books of the Old Testament, including content, narratives, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite:CHR501 or permission of instructor.
CHR516. Old Testament Topics is a study of specialized topic of Old Testament; includes individual research projects under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: CHR 501 or permission of instructor.
CHR520. Jesus and the Gospels is a survey of the life and ministry of Jesus and an interpretation of His teachings. Prerequisite: CHR502 or permission of instructor.
CHR521. Life and Letters of Paul is a survey of the life of Paul with special attention on an exposition of his letters. Prerequisite: CHR 502 or permission of instructor.
CHR524. Acts and General Epistles is a study of the book of Acts and the General Epistles in the New Testament, including content, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite:CHR 502 or permission of instructor.
CHR525. Pastoral Epistles and Revelation is a study of the Pastoral Epistles and the book of Revelation in the New Testament, including content, theological themes, and textual issues, with attention to the nature of apocalyptic literature in regard to Revelation. Prerequisite:CHR 502 or permission of instructor.
CHR526. New Testament Topics is a study of specialized topic of New Testament research; includes individual research projects with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: CHR 502 or permission of instructor.

Theological Studies Electives

CHR530. World Religions is a survey of major contemporary religious traditions with special attention to beliefs, practices, and historical background; includes manner in which each addresses common human questions.
CHR531. Christian Thought is a survey of the writings of prominent Christian thinkers addressing perennial human questions.
CHR532. Baptist History is a survey of the history of the Baptists, with particular emphasis on the development of that tradition in America.
CHR543. Topics in Christian Theology is an in-depth study of selected topics of theological significance. Prerequisite: CHR 504 or permission of instructor.
CHR557. Apologetics is a study of the defense of Christianity with a view to application in contemporary ministry.

Ministry Studies Electives

CHR550. Christian Education and Ministry Management is a study of areas of Christian education in the context of church organizations and ministry management principles.
CHR557. Apologetics is a study of the defense of Christianity with a view to application in contemporary ministry.
CHR563. Pastoral Care and Counseling is an introduction to the biblical-theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral care and counseling in the local church.
CHR464. Worship is an introductory survey of the history, theology and practice of worship in the local church.
CHR550. Youth Ministry Administration is a study of the various aspects of administering the work of the youth minister focusing on roles, relationships, resources and responsibilities, and practical application to the local church.
CHR557. Topics and Issues in Youth Ministry is a study of the issues facing youth as well as the developmental nature of youth and the issues affecting them and their families, as well as an examination of the demands upon the schedule, priorities, family and other aspects of the youth minister’s life focusing on personal habits, family involvement, calling, career opportunities and continuing development.
CHR563. Topics in Christian Preaching is a study of advanced topics in Christian preaching including hermeneutics, sermon forms, and delivery techniques. Prerequisite: CHR 562 or permission of instructor.
CHR464. Church Planting serves as an introduction to the topic of Church Planting. Students will be provided a theological basis for church planting, analyze New Testament admonitions for church planters, and be introduced to the nature of church planting in the 21st century. Students will discover terms and concepts pertinent to church planting.
CHR597. Ministry in the 21st Century  will examine the church’s interaction with cultural and social change in the 21st century. The student will draw on insights gained in prior leadership courses to establish a foundation for effective service in the local church. Contextualizing ministry and evangelism in a changing world will be central to the course. Course will include research, preparation and presentation of a practical ministry project relating to the student’s area of ministry service.

Admissions and Requirements

Anderson University accepts students on the basis of academic qualification, character and evidence of the potential to benefit from the university experience. Each applicant’s record will be examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose. The University considers all qualified applications without regard to race, religious creed, place of national origin, sex, disability, or ethnic group. Admission will be on a competitive basis, with the best qualified students receiving priority.

Transcripts

Official transcripts for all coursework leading to completion of a bachelor and/or graduate degree(s) from a regionally-accredited institution that demonstrates an acceptable undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

3 Recommendation Letters

Download Here. One of the recommendation letters must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where the applicant is currently a member; if the applicant is the pastor, then the letter may come from another leader within the church.

Essay

A one page essay explaining the reason for your application and the potential impact of the MDIV degree on your ministry. The purpose of the essay is to establish the applicant’s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant’s professional goals.

Transfer Hours

Up to 30 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally-accredited college, university or seminary may be transferred into the degree program at the time the student is admitted, provided the grades earned were B or higher. Transferability of hours will be determined by the Dean based on equivalence to courses required in the M.Div. program.

Provisional Acceptance

We understand that sometimes your educational journey does not work out the way you had originally planned. Clamp Divinity School offers Provisional Acceptance for those who are unable to meet the admissions requirements. Students must provide an appropriate score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Admissions Committee of the Clamp Divinity School may establish additional conditions in order to have the provisional status removed. Student performance in the program will strongly factor into committee decisions.

Non-degree Seeking Student

Students who do not meet the prerequisites may also attend courses on a non-degree basis. Students must still complete the application process. Non-degree students will not receive academic credit, and courses will not apply toward an academic degree or be transferred to another institution.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The current cost of tuition is $325* per credit hour, or $975 for a three-hour course. The entire cost for the program comes out around $24,375. While institutional scholarships are not currently available for M.Div. students, such students can obtain educational loans through the Financial Aid office. We also have a selected list of potential scholarship opportunities.

*This amount is subject to change and dependent upon institutional discretion.


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Why consider the Master of Divinity Degree?

Fully Accredited

At Anderson University, you are benefiting from the quality of one of the finest Christian universities in the nation. Anderson is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Regional accreditation is the national standard for education quality and is a mark of excellence.

Solidly Biblical

We are committed to biblical fidelity and authority as a standard for life and ministry. We believe in the full truthfulness and inspiration of holy Scripture, which is the foundation for all we teach.

Intensely Practical

We emphasize leadership training. Compared to many seminaries – where you might have one course on church administration – the M.Div. at Anderson University requires three courses in leadership, dealing with practical issues like budgets, staff, working with volunteers, conflict management, managing change, and vision.

What’s the difference between the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Ministry (M.Min)?

There are many similarities between the Master of Divinity and the Master programs. Both degrees are graduate level degrees with a focus on leadership. Both degrees will provide adequate training for vocational ministry. So how do you decide which is best for you?

What’s your end goal?

What type of training are you looking for? The M.Min. is designed for those already in full-time ministry who are ready for some advanced study. The Master of Divinity is a more robust degree for those who are considering advanced degrees. Most chaplaincy and doctoral programs require M.Div. level degrees.

What’s your end goal?

The M.Min. is a 42-hour degree whereas the Master of Divinity is a 75-hour degree. Our M.Div. focuses on the core competencies of pastoral ministry in greater depth. There is an emphasis on leadership, communication, biblical studies, evangelism, and church health. It also includes study of the biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew.