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Master of Divinity

Integrating heart and mind

Purpose

The Master of Divinity degree (MDIV) remains the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the Master of Divinity, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to intended areas of service.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Divinity degree must complete 80 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. The full MDIV degree is offered at the Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, Columbus Center, and Detroit Center. Two-thirds of this degree may be completed online.

Cohort

Another reason that makes our seminary so special to equip for ministry!

At our Cohort program, you will spend a year taking classes in a small group setting. Each class is structured so time is divided in half. The first half is occupied in a lecture imparted by a faculty member. The second half is dedicated to small group discussion facilitated by an experienced pastor. We have created a space for spiritual growth, prayer and support to assist you discover and answer your unique calling.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2) .5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3) .5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone 1 hour
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Ministry Cohort
CLD 6630 Leading the People of God 3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God 3 hours
PCC 5520 Well Being in Ministry 3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care 3 hours
Practical Studies Courses
BSG 5502 Encountering Scripture beyond Translations 3 hours
CRE 5501 Forming the People of God 3 hours
HOM 5511 Proclaiming the Word of God 3 hours
EVG 5513 Evangelistic Practices 3 hours
Elective Courses
OTS/NTS Elective 3 hours
CHS/CTH/ETH Electives 6 hours
Open Electives 15 hours
Total Hours 80 hours

MDIV Videos

Bill McCallion

Bill's college years were filled with the stereotypical drinking, drugs, and girls, but a community of believers found him and made all the difference. Now, as Bill ministers to college students, God is using that grace-filled story to help others.

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey began her undergraduate journey with dreams of law school, but God showed up in a big way and changed the rest of her life.

Interested?

The MDiv program will take you on a transformative journey of personal formation, biblical and theological inquiry, and relational growth. By exploring biblical languages, you will open scripture’s voice for the church today. The #1 reason our students chose Ashland among all seminaries is our commitment to spiritual formation. You will learn to lead out of the changes God has made and is making in your life.


Who to Contact

Miles Larson mlarson1@ashland.edu 419-207-6977