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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The essential skills for a lifetime of ministry are woven into the Master of Divinity curriculum. Theology, biblical studies, ethics, world religion, pastoral care, preaching, worship, Christian education, and mission and evangelism are combined with practical ministry experience in real-world settings. You will graduate equipped for imaginative and winsome leadership in a variety of pastoral contexts. 

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college of university (provide an official transcript).

Three essays:

  • Autobiographic essay reflecting on your spiritual journey and/or call to ministry
  • Analytical essay on a specific topic of theological interest or concern
  • A brief essay reflecting on your hopes and concerns for the church and your call to ministry

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Course work

180 credits (regular courses are 6 credits / 3 hours); 114-120 required and 60-66 elective (depending on the language track)

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity: Apostolic Erat to 1650
  • Theology: Doctrines & Themes
  • Theology: Figures & Movements
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics (or Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, or Moral Issues)
  • Foundations of Christian Education
  • Theology & Practice of Mission & Evangelism
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Introduction to Preaching
  • The Church as a Worshiping Community
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Senior Capstone Seminar
  • for Presbyterian students (2 language track)

1 exegesis course in biblical Hebrew
1 exegesis course in New Testament Greek
1 additional exegesis course in either Hebrew or Greek


for non-Presbyterian students (1 language track)

  • Elementary biblical Hebrew
  • 2 exegesis course in biblical Hebrew
  • 1 additional exegesis course in New Testament studies (English based)

Greek Option

  • Elementary New Testament Greek
  • 2 exegesis course in New Testament Greek
  • 1 additional exegesis course in Old Testament studies (English based)

SUPERVISED PRACTICE OF MINISTRY
(see "Practical experience" below)

Practical skills

Our Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) program weaves action and reflection into the learning process. In these internship settings students practice the ministry arts under the supervision of a trained and experienced mentor. Students have three options for fulfilling the SPM requirement:

  • a year-long internship
  • a three-month intensive summer internship
  • serving a ministry setting in the Austin area while enrolled in classes part time.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and experience in pastoral care in the hospital setting are also available through the Austin Seminary SPM program; the same model of learning through action and reflection applies.