Master of Divinity

Be thoroughly equipped for vocational Christian service.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) offers flexibility in course selection and a focus on pressing ministry demands to equip and enhance your ministry. This extensive program is designed with both balance and breadth in mind, so you will receive a solid and well-balanced foundation in biblical and theological studies as well as an opportunity to develop specific skills in leadership, teaching, and more.

This program will help you grow personally, minister effectively, embrace God’s word, lead God’s people, and communicate God’s truth. Every course is designed to help you excel in these five essential areas of ministry.

Apply now to begin your Master of Divinity at Briercrest Seminary!



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Learn not only from your professors, but also your peers. Briercrest Seminary attracts students from various ministry contexts and walks of life, making for eye-opening class discussion and rich community events.

Learn from the experts

At Briercrest Seminary, you’ll learn from skilled scholars and seasoned pastors who love the Lord. This rich classroom environment will help you build a strong foundation for ministry excellence.

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Take advantage of education that works for you. Most courses happen in either a week-long modular format or online, so you can access training that is relevant in your context without leaving it.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree designed to equip students for vocational Christian service. It is the degree typically required of those seeking ordination in Christian ministry. The program is designed with both balance and breadth in mind—students receive a solid and well-balanced foundation in biblical and theological studies as well as an opportunity to develop specific areas of ministry.

Outcomes

  1. Articulate and apply an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Demonstrate growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to guide individuals and congregations in disciple-making.
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to preach sermons using a sound homiletical method.
  6. Demonstrate a capacity to lead within the local church or ministry organization in carrying out its mission with both theological sophistication and cultural awareness.
Credit Hours: 75

I. Embracing God's Word (24 credit hours)
BLST 610 Pentateuch
   OR BLST 714 Psalms
BLST 715 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
   OR BLST 717 The Former Prophets
   OR BLST 719 The Latter Prophets
BLST 721 Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
   OR BLST 722 Studies in the Gospel of Luke
BLST 725 The Acts of the Apostles
   OR BLST 620 Pauline Epistles
THEO 650 Theology of God and Creation
   OR THEO 653 Theology of Christ and Reconciliation
   OR THEO 654 Theology of the Holy Spirit and Redemption
BLST 602 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
   OR GRK 701 Koine Greek IV
   OR HEB 700 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
BLST 701 Advanced Hermeneutics
   OR GRK 800 Koine Greek V
   OR HEB 800 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II
Theology Elective

II. Leading God's People (12 credit hours)
LE 603 Leadership and Management Foundations
LE 601 Organizational Development and Renewal
   OR LE 845 Governance and Board Development
LE 701 Strategic Thinking, Learning, and Planning
   OR LE 641 Creative Problem Solving and Polarity Management
LE 744 Leadership and Team Development
   OR LE 842 Leadership Communication for a Change

III. Communicating God's Truth (9 credit hours)
CM 632 Homiletics
   OR CM 820 Preaching Specialty
CM 732 Advanced Preaching
   OR CM 820 Preaching Specialty
CM 626 Teaching and Learning

IV. Equipping the Church and Engaging Our World (18 credit hours)
CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
   OR CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry
   OR LE 605 Personal and Service Development
CM 701 Pastoral Theology and Practice
   OR THEO 754 Shepherd the Flock
CM 621 Theology of Mission and Evangelism
   OR CM 730 Church Planting and Development
CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
   OR CO 620 Pastoral Counselling
CM 736 Discipleship and Mentoring
   OR CM 814 Ministry Issues in Contemporary Culture
THEO 641 Theology of Christian Worship

V. Electives (12 credit hours)

VI. Non-Credit Requirements
RD 704 MDiv Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

Program Sheet(s)

Faculty

Blayne Banting
Blayne Banting DMin, PhD
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry
Richard Hovey
Richard Hovey  DMin
Adjunct Faculty in Christian Ministry
David Lee
David Lee DMin
Adjunct Faculty in Christian Ministry
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I learned not to take the easy answers when dealing with Scripture and theology, but to deal with uncomfortable and challenging questions, wrestling with both the text and my own biases to best determine what is true and God-pleasing.
Trevor Loken