Master of Divinity

Objectives and Outcomes

Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity degree provides professional and theological graduate training designed to equip the participant for the continued study, application, and ministering of God’s Word. The curriculum concentrates on the biblical basis for ministry practices, allowing for ministry formation in concert with the participant’s home church beliefs, and making room for the Holy Spirit to teach and minister in the participant’s life. Additional emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, teach, or minister in a church or parachurch setting.

Program Road Map

Admissions

Tuition

About Us

The Master of Divinity degree is a first professional degree focused on providing a balance of biblical, theological, and ministerial disciplines for the training and equipping of Christian ministries. It is regarded as a preparatory degree for professional ministry leadership and a prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry programs.

Emphasis

Master of Divinity - Traditional Track

Admission Requirements

For more information on Master of Divinity prerequisites and requirements for admission, please click here.

Tuition

The total tuition for the Master of Divinity is $27,000

The program length is 4 years. Students can choose the following payment method:

  1. Pay annually, will enjoy a 3% tuition deduction
  2. Pay monthly, there will be an additional 3% processing fee

Program Goals

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to:

  • Provide a biblical, theological, historical, practical, and personal foundation for ministry from a Spirit-filled perspective.
  • Develop research and analytical skills at the graduate level necessary for the ministry and for ongoing biblical studies.
  • Foster the integration of biblical, theological, and ministry skills.
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Traditional Track Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Divinity program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the authorship, literary and historical background, structure, and themes of the books of the Bible.
  • Apply the study of church history and theology to the practice of ministry.
  • Perform graduate-level research and writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and properly apply biblical texts using sound hermeneutical principles and exegetical methods.
  • Communicate Scripture and theology with clarity and conviction.
  • Demonstrate competency in Christian ministry.
  • Exhibit the character of a teachable, servant-oriented leader.
  • Serve in a pastoral or other ministry role, and teach in a church, church institute, or Bible college.

Ministry Experience

Practical ministry experience and personal devotion are vital elements of an effective ministry program. As a first professional degree, the Master of Divinity degree requires students to document 400 hours of ministry experience, 300 hours in supervised ministry during the first two years of study and 100 hours of close mentoring as part of their final Mentored Ministry course. Students may complete these requirements at a location of their choice.

Course List

Biblical Studies (29 units)

BL 501 / 502 – Biblical Hebrew (8 units) OR

           BL 503 / 504 – Biblical Greek (8 units)

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

MT 507 – Biblical Hermeneutics    

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

OT 502 – Historical Geography of Israel

NT 504 – The Gospels / The Life of Christ

NT 513 – Jewish Background of the Parables

Church History and Theology (15 units)

CH 501 – Survey of Church History

CH 504 – Spiritual Outpourings and Revival

JS 503 – Jewish Foundations of Christianity

TH 501 – Theology 1

TH 502 – Theology 2

Theology Research Skills (3 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

Ministry Practices (27 units)

MM 501 – Mentored Ministry

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

MT 506 – Homiletics

MT 509 – Missions and Evangelism

MT 511 – Principles of Spiritual Care

MT 512 – Biblical Curriculum Development

PL 501 – Foundations of Liturgy

PL 505 – Relational Church Planting and Growth

PL 510 – Stewardship and Administration

Total for the program – 74 Units

All courses are 3 units except as otherwise noted.

Units Needed

The Master of Divinity degree is a four-year program consisting of 74 units.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Divinity degree the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.
Emphasis

Master of Divinity - Care of Souls Track

The Master of Divinity care of souls track will provide the broad-based biblical, theological, and pastoral training for students who are called to a ministry of assisting those facing difficult life challenges. Students are encouraged to participate in and apply Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) toward their degree program requirements. The care of souls track will equip students to make an immediate impact.

Admission Requirements

For more information on Master of Divinity prerequisites and requirements for admission, please click here.

Tuition

The total tuition for the Master of Divinity is $27,000

The program length is 4 years. Students can choose the following payment method:

  1. Pay annually, will enjoy a 3% tuition deduction
  2. Pay monthly, there will be an additional 3% processing fee

Program Goals

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to:

  • Provide a foundation for pastoral care and chaplaincy work.
  • Develop research and analytical skills at the graduate level necessary for the the ongoing practice of ministry.
  • Foster the integration of biblical, theological, and ministry skills.
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Care of Souls Track Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Divinity program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate the foundations of biblical study, church history, and theology to the practice of ministry.
  • Apply the principles of pastoral care, biblical counseling, and crisis counseling to various ministry settings.
  • Perform graduate-level research and writing.
  • Exhibit the character of Christ in caring for those needing pastoral or chaplaincy care.
  • Serve in a pastoral or chaplaincy role, and teach in a church, church institute, or Bible college.

Ministry Experience

Practical ministry experience and personal devotion are vital elements of an effective ministry program. As a first professional degree, the Master of Divinity degree requires students to document 400 hours of ministry experience, 300 hours in supervised ministry during the first two years of study and 100 hours of close mentoring as part of their final Mentored Ministry course. Students may complete these requirements at a location of their choice.

Chaplaincy Education Credit

Students looking to become a board-certified chaplain can combine Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity program to streamline chaplaincy career preparation.

  • For CPE completed prior to enrolling in the Master of Divinity program the University may accept up to two CPE credits toward program requirements including the 300 hour Supervised Ministry requirement and three units of elective credit. CPE credit applied toward these requirements must be no more than three years old and ten years old respectively.
  • For CPE credits taken while enrolled in the Master of Divinity program the University may accept up to three CPE credits toward program requirements including the 300 hour Supervised Ministry requirement, Mentored Ministry course and three units of elective credit.

While prior-earned CPE credit and concurrently-earned CPE are both considered, no more than three CPE credits will be considered for transfer. Acceptance of CPE credit is subject to the University’s transfer credit policy.

Course List

Biblical Studies (15 units)

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

NT 504 – The Gospels / The Life of Christ

NT 513 – Jewish Background of the Parables

Church History and Theology (15 units)

CH 501 – Survey of Church History

CH 504 – Spiritual Outpourings and Revival

JS 503 – Jewish Foundations of Christianity

TH 501 – Theology 1

TH 502 – Theology 2

Theology Research Skills (3 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

Ministry Practices (39 units)

MM 501 – Mentored Ministry

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

MT 506 – Homiletics

MT 509 – Missions and Evangelism

MT 510 – Divine Healing and Miracles

MT 511 – Principles of Spiritual Care

MT 512 – Biblical Curriculum Development

MT 513 – Practical Crisis Counseling

MT 514 – Pastoral Counseling for Recovery and Restoration

MT 526 – Christian Counseling Ethics

PL 501 – Foundations of Liturgy

PL 505 – Relational Church Planting and Growth

PL 590 – Clinical Pastoral Education

Total for the program – 72 Units

Units Needed

The Master of Divinity degree is a four-year program consisting of 72 units.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Divinity degree the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.

Student Testimonials

I am eternally grateful to God for providing Shiloh University. I could not find this level of education in the area of theology in my country. I always get excited when I am taking a new course and I always share the things I learn with my family, my friends, my church.”

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Shiloh University has fanned the flame of my desire, and equipped me to share God’s hope and redemption with a needy world.” 

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I have loved every bit of my experience with Shiloh University! The faculty provided a personal touch that is too often lost in other universities. The level of academics is top-notch and presented in a sound and meaningful way.”

Joshua Wheeler

Having instructors who could challenge me and question me on specific topics forced me to dig in and really understand the foundations of what I believe.”

Jeremy Richardson

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