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Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology

 

Master of Divinity Degree

 The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program offers a three-year professional degree with the primary purpose of equipping persons for competent leadership in various forms of ministry in congregations and other religious institutions. There are two main delivery systems by which students may earn the Master of Divinity degree, the more Traditional Hour (TH) Program and the Non-Traditional Program (NTH). The TH Program is divided into four terms: Fall (12 weeks), Winter Session (3 weeks), Spring (12 weeks), and May Session (3 weeks). Students in the TH program take classes during the day, Tuesday through Friday.

The NTH school year is divided into four terms of 10 weeks each: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Classes are held Friday (6:30 to 10:30 pm) and Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with  chapel at 8:30-9:30 am).  Evening courses are also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to10:30 p.m. A full-time TH student is expected to average 15-quarter hours (three courses) of work in each of the fall and the spring terms, and five hours (one course) in each of the winter and the May sessions.  A full-time student in the NTH program is expected to average 10 hours (two courses) of work in each of the four terms.  Expected are overloads caused by year long courses like Field Education and Spiritual Formation for Ministry.  

TYPICAL PATTERN OF THE TRADITIONAL HOUR (TH) PROGRAM OF STUDY
 
Junior Year
Fall    
           BS500 Introduction to Biblical Studies
           PT533 Introduction to Sermon Preparation
           & Worship
           PT520 Field Education 
 
January        
            ID 500 Introduction to Church and Ministry
 
Spring  
            OT 501 Introduction to Old Testament
            NT501 Introduction to the New Testament
            PT536 Christian Education
            PT520 Field Education
            Elective
 
May      
            Elective
 
Middler Year
Fall      
                CT622 Systematic Theology 1
                CH640 History of Christianity
                PT634 Preaching and Worship II
                PT622 Field Education II
 
January               
                 Elective 
 
Spring  
                CT623 Systematic Theology II
                CH641 History of Religion in the US
                PT631 Ministry of Pastoral Care
                PT632 Church Administration
                PT622 Field Education II
                Elective
 
May      
                Elective
 
Senior Year
Fall       
                CT 728 Christian Ethics
                PT 735 Advanced Preaching & Worship
                Elective
                Elective
 
January               
                Elective 
 
Spring  
                ID700 Senior Seminar
                Elective
                Elective
       
TYPICAL PATTERN OF THE TRADITIONAL HOUR (NTH) PROGRAM OF STUDY

Junior Year
Fall          
                 ID 500 Introduction to Church and Ministry
                 BS500 Introduction to Biblical Studies
                 PT520 Field Education
 
Winter   
                 OT 501 Introduction to Old Testament
                  PT533 Introduction to Sermon 
                  Preparation & Worship
Spring  
                  NT501 Introduction to the New Testament
                  PT536 Christian Education
 
Summer 
                 
PT 530 Introduction to Pastoral Care
                  Elective
 
Middler Year
Fall         
                   PT632 Church Administration
                  CH640 History of Christianity
                  PT622 Field Education II
 
Winter  
                  CH641 History of Religion in the US
                  CT622 Systematic Theology 1
 
Spring   
                  CT623 Systematic Theology II
                  PT631 Ministry of Pastoral Care
Summer 
                  PT634 Preaching and Worship II
                  Elective
 
Senior Year
Fall       
                  
PT 735 Advanced Preaching & Worship
                   CT 728 Christian Ethics
January               
                   Elective
                   Elective 
 
Spring   
                   Elective
                   Elective
 
Summer
                     Elective 
                     Elective
 
 



FINANCIAL AID

The type of funding a student is eligible to receive depends on several factors.  All students are therefore asked to complete a need-analysis document known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit this form early (even before actual admission). If you have questions regarding financial aid please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Financial Aid at (804) 354-5924.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

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For more information regarding the Master of Divinity Program or any of our academic programs please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions at 804-257-5724.