Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity degree offered by Bethel University in Minnesota is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. The hybrid format refers to students taking courses that are both in traditional classroom settings and through online learning. An objective of this program is to help ministry leaders develop their maturity, depth, and integrity in order to advance the Gospel in culturally sensitive ways. This program aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve and lead in God’s mission of reconciling the world to Himself. This program aims to prepare students for senior leadership and professional leadership and professional ministry roles in the church. These roles include: pastor, missionary, chaplain, denominational minister, and parachurch leader. This program is also a prerequisite degree for military chaplaincy as well as for ordination in most mainstream denominations. This program also prepares students for doctoral programs.
This program is offered to students in a distance learning format, which means that students can earn their graduate degree without relocating or giving up their current roles. Students enrolled in the distance learning program are offered the following options of concentration: Christian Thought Children’s and Family Ministry, Transformational Leadership, and Generalist. A student should choose their option according to their personal interests, career goals, and vocational goals. Students who are enrolled in the traditional in-classroom / residential program are offered more options, such as: Old Testament, New Testament, Marriage and Family Studies, Ministry Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Classical Studies.
According to the option of study, students must take and complete a different number of credit hours in order to graduate. However, 87 credit hours is the minimum amount of courses that a student needs to take in order to graduate with the Master of Divinity from Bethel University. There are some core courses that all students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program. These courses include: Hermeneutics; Introduction to Preaching; Global, Cultural, and Contextual Ministry; American Christianity, Church History Survey, and others.
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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