Master of Divinity

The M.Div. degree is designed for pastors and ministry leaders seeking ordination. The M.Div. is open to any student who wants extensive training in pastoral ministry. Men and women who desire to work full-time in church ministry or in the chaplaincy are advised to earn a Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

“Modern evangelicalism has surrendered to the world, excused it, explained it,
adopted it and imitated it. More young preachers imitate men in the world
with a good deal more energy than they imitate the holy saints of God.”

— A.W. Tozer

The M.Div. degree is specially designed for:

  • Senior pastors
  • Chaplains
  • Church planters
  • Christian leaders seeking ordination
  • Ministers preparing for Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees

Important Information

Program Overview

Required Ministry Courses   24 units
Required Bible Courses   18 units
Required Theology Courses   18 units
Tozer Signature Courses   6 units
Capstone Course   3 units
M.Div. Concentration   12 units
TOTAL   81 units


M.Div. Curriculum

Required Ministry Courses (24 units)

  • DM 6000: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (3)
  • GS 6015: Personal Health of the Leader (3)
  • ML 6040: Pastoral Leadership (3)
  • ML 6050: Catalytic Leadership (3)
  • CO 6100: Preaching God's Word (3)
  • ML 6140: Politics, Legalities, and Money (3)
  • IM 6170: Intercultural Sensibilities (3)
  • CN 6200: Principles of Counseling (3)

Required Bible Courses (18 units)

  • BI 6005: Biblical Interpretation (3)
  • BI 6090: Pursuing Wisdom (3)
  • OT 6211: Pentateuch (3)
  • NT 6211: Gospels and Johannine Literature (3)
  • NT 6212: Acts and Pauline Epistles (3)
  • OT 6213: Kings and Prophets (3)

Required Theology Courses (18 units)

  • TH 6005: The Authority of Scripture and Epistemology (3)
  • TH 6015: Events in Church History (3)
  • TH 6040: God, Revelation, and Humanity (3)
  • TH 6140: Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and the Church
  • TH 6300: Church and Society
  • TH 6400: Suffering and Healing (3)

Tozer Signature Courses (6 units)

  • GS 6150 A.B. Simpson and A.W. Tozer Studies (3)
  • TH 6180 Intellectual Leadership: Developing a Christian Mind

Capstone Course (3 units)

  • GS 6500: Christianity at Home and Work

M.Div. Concentration (12 units)
Four elective courses emphasizing one topic among the following:

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Counseling
  • Educational Technology
  • General Studies

Graduation Requirements for the M.Div.

The following are required to receive the M.Div. degree:

  • Completion of at least three years of ministry service in the context of a church or ministry.
  • Achieved candidacy after earning 54 units.
  • Completion of 81 acceptable units.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of M.DIV. requirements within eight years.

Learning Outcomes for M.Div.

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

  1. Practice the habits and spiritual disciplines that lead to maturity in Christ.
  2. Interpret Scripture, honoring its authority in light of logic, church tradition, and experience.
  3. Explain the basic tenets of orthodox Christianity, emphasizing what it means to have a Christian worldview.
  4. Demonstrate sound theological thinking by generating fresh ideas, discerning theological errors, and echoing orthodox Christianity in the parlance of contemporary language.
  5. Conduct the various aspects of church leadership such as officiating wedding and funerals, preaching weekly sermons, counseling people in need, helping others to resolve conflicts, mobilizing ministry groups for service, and faithfully administering the sacraments.
  6. Oversee a process of church discipline.
  7. Demonstrate sensitivity toward people of different cultures.
  8. Articulate the relevance of politics, legalities, and financial realities to Christian stewardship and effective ministry.
  9. Develop and revise a detailed plan of holistic self-care for the sake of doing long-term ministry.
  10. Summarize a personalized way to spread the gospel and model Christian discipleship in the workplace and at home.

“The church must examine herself constantly to see if she be in the faith;
she must engage in severe self-criticism with a cheerful readiness to make amends;
she must live in a state of perpetual penitence, seeking God with her whole heart;
she must constantly check her life and conduct against the Holy Scriptures
and bring her life into line with the will of God.”

- A.W. Tozer