Program Learning Outcomes
A student who graduates with a Master of Divinity should be able to:
- Interpret biblical texts critically and competently, explaining the meaning of a given
text within applicable contexts and its significance in pertinent streams of current
- Analyze major and distinctive teachings of the Christian faith, critiquing leading
perspectives through the centuries regarding core beliefs and practices and how these
compare with other religions, philosophies, or competing worldviews.
- Explore major historical developments of Christianity, especially – but not solely
– in the West, discerning internal and external factors that have shaped it in various
- Apply and evaluate current methods for incorporating the teachings of a faith – especially
the Christian faith – into the lives of individuals in a faith community, beginning
- Communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard
style guide) and in effective oral form on matters of religion, illuminating historical,
theological, and pastoral implications for contemporary societies.