Description of Degree: MDIV

Master of Divinity Degree: Specializations and Expected Outcomes

Description
The Master of Divinity degree is a 90-hour degree offered to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited undergraduate educational institution. For students who do not have an extensive undergraduate Bible education, the MDiv degree is considered to be the basic degree for professional church-related ministries.

The MDiv degree is a professional ministry degree requiring courses in Biblical Studies (including Biblical Languages), Theological Studies, Church History, and Practical Ministries.

Expected Outcomes for the MDiv

  • Demonstrate advanced exegetical skill in effectively studying and interpreting the Scriptures.
  • Articulate a theology that is both biblical and historically orthodox.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the general history of the church and of the history and principles of the Restoration Movement.
  • Research and construct a theology for the practice of ministry in contemporary cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and competence in the skills necessary for effective ministry and leadership that will help the church accomplish its mission.
  • Evidence a mature love for God and a commitment to personal Christian discipleship.
  • Communicate effectively and creatively in written, oral, and other forms.
  • Demonstrate competence in the objectives outlined in the chosen area of concentrated study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and select appropriate strategies for assimilation, discipling, and spiritual development of church members in order to lead them to maturity in their faith and service.

MDiv Concentrations

BIBLICAL STUDIES
The MDiv with concentration in Biblical Studies prepares students for a wide variety of ministries that involve preaching or teaching the Bible. These include, but are not limited to, preaching, education ministry, Bible translation, cross-cultural evangelism, teaching Bible in private secondary schools or Christian colleges, and writing or editing for Christian publications. The MDiv with Biblical Studies concentrations can also prepare students to enroll in doctoral programs in Biblical Studies.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Biblical Studies will:

  • Translate and exegete selected Greek and Hebrew Biblical texts.
  • Describe and assess various perspectives on issues of Biblical criticism and interpretation, both historical and contemporary.
  • Describe and assess how the Biblical text both reflects and transcends its cultural setting.
  • Articulate the central thrust of each book of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Explain the role that Biblical exegesis plays in personal Christian growth, the development of competent leadership within the church, and the church’s ability to address the issues of the modern world.

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
The Theological Studies curriculum has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive look at what is commonly known as Systematic Theology, which is a topical study of what the Bible teaches regarding our beliefs and practices as Christians. Our primary focus is upon Christian doctrine, with a secondary emphasis upon the related theological disciplines of apologetics and ethics.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Theological Studies will:

  • Express clearly the foundational idea of Scripture’s divine inspiration and authority as well as the need to establish all beliefs and practices upon Biblical teaching.
  • View Biblical teaching from a broad perspective that seeks out the inherent harmony and consistency between all Bible doctrines.
  • Determine what the Biblical teaching is on a given subject, drawing upon the foundational work of Biblical exegesis and interpretation of specific passages.
  • Critique a wide variety of theological and philosophical views and discern which ideas do not have solid Biblical support.
  • Make a practical application of the theological teaching of Scripture to the life of the individual Christian and to the church.
  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of theology.

CHURCH HISTORY
Church history is an integral part of the curriculum at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Each degree program offers some church history, enabling students to have a sense of how the church has developed over the centuries. Students have the opportunity not only to learn about the historical development of the church but also to study how doctrinal and theological teachings developed within the various religious traditions. In addition to learning church history within each of the degree programs, students may choose to concentrate their studies in the field of church history.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Church History will be able to:

  • Communicate a knowledge and understanding of the history of the church.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the major influences that have shaped Christianity in the present.
  • Develop the ability to think critically about the perspectives of various historians and their presuppositions.
  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of church history.

PRACTICAL MINISTRIES

The Practical Ministry Concentration is designed to give students knowledge and expertise to lead in various church-related ministries or for specific vocations in the local church such as preaching, leadership, evangelism, church planting, or intercultural studies.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for a concentration in Practical Ministries will be able to:

  • Verbalize a philosophy of Biblical ministry aimed at implementing the Great Commission.
  • Develop the exegetical and communicative skills to prepare
  • Prepare and deliver Biblical messages that are relevant, concrete, and action-oriented.
  • Identify personal aptitude and preparedness as a visionary leader, change agent, and equipper in the local congregation.
  • Articulate Biblical standards and principles for evangelism and church health.
  • Diagnose the resources and needs of a community to develop effective means for reaching the unchurched with the Gospel.
  • Provide skilled pastoral care.
  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of professional ministries.
  • Achieve competence in area of specialization.

Practical Ministry students may further specialize in:

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Educational and Family Ministry
  • Urban and Intercultural Ministry
  • Church Growth and Church Planting