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Master of Divinity

Shaw University Divinity School provides theological education dedicated to the preparation of clergy and laity for clinical, pastoral, and teaching/research ministry professions.

One of the professional degree programs offered through the divinity school is the Master of Divinity (MDiv). The Master of Divinity degree is designed to equip persons for competent leadership in Christian Ministry to serve congregational ministries and other religious institutions. This program focuses on leadership in the practice of ministry, particularly in the African American Church.

Students enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program focus on four specific aspects of the practice of ministry:

  • Christian Heritage: Student will develop an understanding of the scriptural, historical, and theological traditions of particular Christian traditions and of the broader community of faith.
  • Cultural Awareness: Students will develop a consciousness about and a capacity to reflect critically on issues of diversity, globalization, and cross cultural concerns.
  • Ministerial Identify: Students will reflection on how their unique personalities, backgrounds, gifts and abilities relate to the minister as leader, guide, and servant of the faith community.
  • Leadership: Students will develop skills in creating programs and demonstrating ministerial and public leadership.

Master of Divinity Degree Requirements

Each candidate in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete twenty-four required and two elective courses for a total of seventy-eight (78) credit hours. The degree is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study. The course requirements are listed below:

Christian Heritage (8 courses, 24 semester hours)

  • BIB 500 - Survey of the Bible
  • BIB 510 - Biblical Exegesis (Prerequisite BIB 500)
  • BIB 520 - Advanced Exegesis and Hermeneutics (Prerequisite BIB 510)
  • THE 500 - Introduction to Theology
  • THE 501 - Systematic Theology (Prerequisite THE 500)
  • HIS 501 - History of the Christian Church I
  • HIS 502 - History of the Christian Church II (Prerequisite HIS 501)
  • HIS 533 - African American Church History

Cultural Context (3 courses, 9 semester hours)

  • RSO 500 - Family Life, Congregational Systems, and Multicultural Ministry
  • RSO 510 - The Church and Society (Prerequisite RSO 500)
  • RSO 520 - Gender, Women, and Culture (Prerequisite RSO 510)

Personal, Spiritual, and Ethical Formation (4 courses, 12 semester hours)

  • MIN 502 - Spiritual Formation
  • THE 511 - Christian Ethics (Prerequisite THE 500)
  • PPC 504 - Psychology and Pastoral Care: Identity, Wellness, and Ministry (Prereq. PPC 502)
  • MIN 503 - Spiritual Integration (Prerequisite FED 501)

Capacity for Ministerial and Public Leadership (9 courses, 27 semester hours)

  • ADM 501 - Church Administration
  • CED 501 - Introduction to Christian Education
  • FED 501  - Supervised Ministry
  • HIS 551 - Denominational History, Polity, and Doctrine
  • PPC 502 - Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • PWS 501 - Introduction to Homiletics
  • PWS 502 - Seminar in Preaching (Prerequisite PWS 501)
  • PWS 512 - Philosophy and Psychology of Preaching (Prerequisite PWS 502)
  • PWS 521 - Introduction to Christian Worship

Free Electives (2 courses, 6 semester hours)

  • Students may select two elective courses from among the courses listed in the catalog.

For More Information

For more information about the Master of Divinity degree program, please contact Dr. Joseph A. Bryant, Graduate Program Director for MDiv and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at 336-886-7613.