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Pastoral Studies, M.Div.

Pastoral Studies

Being a pastor in the 21st century in the U.S. is a daunting challenge. The M.Div. in Pastoral Studies concentration is designed to help prepare current and future pastors to understand the issues facing the American church today and be equipped with the theological knowledge and ministry skills to address these challenges.

Students seeking preparation for general pastoral ministry, particularly the role of senior pastor responsible for the theological and administrative leadership of a local church in the United States, are encouraged to pursue the 90-hour Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.

All five concentrations have a strong component of practical field experience, a nine-hour apprenticeship, built into the requirements.

Curriculum

  • TH 5010 Systematic Theology I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5020 Systematic Theology II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5280 History of Doctrine and the Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 6100 New Testament Theology

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 6010 Old Testament Theology

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5090 Hermeneutics

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5140 Biblical Backgrounds

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5320 New Testament Survey (online only)

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 5000 Old Testament Introduction

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5110 New Testament Greek I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5120 New Testament Greek II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5140 New Testament Greek III

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 7040 Greek Exegesis I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 6040 Biblical Hebrew I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 6050 Biblical Hebrew II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 6060 Biblical Hebrew III

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 7040 Hebrew Exegesis I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • MI 5050 Intercultural Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6010 Spiritual Formation

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6600 Principles and Practice of Prayer

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 5040 Interpersonal Comm. & Conflict Management

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7000 Leadership in the Local Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 7100 Advanced Systematic Theology

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6210 Expository Preaching and Teaching

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6220 Advanced Preaching and Teaching

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7120 Local Church Ministry in the 21st Century

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 5400 Theological Foundations of Counseling

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7300 Local Church Apprenticeship

    Credit Hours: 6
  • PM 7320 Church Apprenticeship II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7400 Local Church Apprenticeship III

    Credit Hours: 3

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:

  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts for all undergraduate work or graduate transfer work
  2. A personal reference
  3. A spiritual life reference
  4. A church endorsement
  5. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.