The Master of Divinity degree is a three-year professional program designed to prepare recipients for various ministries in the church, and to provide the required educational experiences for those applying for D.Min. and Ph.D. programs. The curriculum provides insight into all the religious disciplines as a backdrop for varied ministries or later research specializations.
The Master of Divinity degree is defined by accrediting agencies as a three-year program. The total number of hours varies. The requirements take into account the educational backgrounds of students with differing undergraduate majors. For students transferring into the program, the last 36 units (excluding any language courses and field work) must be taken at Seaver College. Transfer credit will be accepted from other graduate degrees and programs if it meets specific M.Div. requirements.
The language requirement, which may be taken as a graduate or undergraduate, is one year of instruction and one reading course in both Greek and Hebrew.
(A) Biblical Studies: 20 units including:
(B) Ministry: 16-22 units including:
- REL 502 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (4)
- 8 units in Old Testament
- 8 units in New Testament
(C) Christian Thought and Church History:
- 16 units in ministry or missions
- 6 units of field work in at least three different areas*
- 12 units in Christian Thought
- 12 units in Church History
(D) Elective Courses: Choose 12 elective units with advisor approval
(E) Comprehensive Examinations: At the conclusion of all required coursework, students must pass comprehensive examinations consisting of three days of written examinations and one hour of oral examination.
*Field work is required for students without experience of at least two years in full-time ministry
A program offered jointly by the Religion Division and the Pepperdine School of Law enables students to combine legal and theological training and to earn a J.D. and M.Div. within five years instead of the six years normally required to completely the degrees independently. Students must apply and gain admission to each school separately. For specific restrictions and requirements pertaining to this program please see the Seaver Academic Catalog.