May 19, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Divinity, MDiv


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Offered in Columbia, SC

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is a three-year program (84 credit hours) that prepares persons for ordained ministry in most mainline churches. It is also available to students who wish to integrate ministerial formation into other kinds of professions. The MDiv is open to students of all denominations. This curriculum seeks to shape the entire person for faithful service to the church and to the world. The MDiv can be used to fulfill the Disciplinary Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) courses and certain other conference membership and ordination requirements in the United Methodist Church. It also applies to those who have completed the UMC’s Basic Course of Study and have a bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

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Biblical Studies Courses: 18 Credit Hours


  • 3 Credits.
  • BIB 503  - Hebrew or BIB 504  - Greek 3 Credits.
  • BIB elective in Gospels exegesis 3 Credits.
  • BIB elective in Pauline literature exegesis 3 Credits.
  • BIB elective in Old Testament 3 Credits.
  • BIB elective in any biblical topic 3 Credits.

History and Theology Courses: 24 Credit Hours


Ministry Courses: 17 Credit Hours


General Electives: 15 Credit Hours


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Total Credit Hours: 84


* The two denomination-specific courses apply to Lutheran, United Methodist, and Baptist students. Other students may substitute history and/or theology electives in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

** Students may substitute for MIN 540 any approved LED course in the University’s MA in Leadership program.

Degree Outcomes


Graduates of the Master of Divinity program will:

  • Demonstrate emotional and spiritual maturity and faithful living appropriate to public ministry.
  • Demonstrate theologically informed and self-reflective engagement of distinct human cultures and communities.
  • Demonstrate competencies necessary to cultivate anti-racist discipleship.
  • Analyze Christian scripture and traditions with reference to their original contexts.
  • Interpret Christian scripture and traditions in ways that cultivate Christian community and discipleship.
  • Demonstrate leadership in areas of pastoral ministry that generate discipleship and positive change in the church and the world.

Seminary Degree Program Add-On Options


LTSS students may earn a formal concentration in one of three areas: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Faith Formation. Concentrations consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a concentration.

Biblical Studies: Choose 9 hours among BIB electives.

Theology: Choose 9 hours among THL electives. With the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, a student may apply up to three hours in biblical studies (BIB) or church history (CHS).

Faith Formation: Choose 9 hours among CED electives. With the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, a student may apply up to six hours in relevant education (EDU) or ministry (MIN) courses.

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Leadership. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Counseling. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate. Students enrolled in a counseling cognate will be assigned a secondary advisor from the Counseling program.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Sustainability. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

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