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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
75 credit hours
21 courses of 3 credit hours each, three of 1 credit hour and a thesis project of 9 credit hours

The Master of Divinity program will equip you for full-time ministry in both a practical and a theoretical sense. Courses in Theology, Greek, Hebrew, Hermeneutics and Christian Thought give you the theoretical foundation, while courses such as Counseling, Ministry Administration and Intercultural Communication prepare you for the demands of day-to-day ministry. While the theoretical work culminates in a Master’s thesis, the practical is rounded off with a Personal & Ministry Development project, making sure that all that is learned will contribute in building a solid foundation for your life of ministry. Throughout the entire program, our professors connect with you at a personal level, mentoring and challenging you to sharpen your focus on what the heart of every ministry should be: to live for Christ and for the gospel.

Courses

DISC 411 – Total Spiritual Transformation I
1 credit hour
How to walk as a true disciple of Christ is the central theme of all our teaching at Wittenberg, all the way from the Bachelor’s level to the Doctoral level. This course will help you start off in the right direction, to love and follow your Lord and Savior with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.

DISC 412 – Total Spiritual Transformation II
1 credit hour
Our Savior called us all to lose our lives for Him and for the gospel, “whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). This course will help you make sharing the gospel central to your life, no matter if you will be in full-time ministry or will be serving the Lord in a secular setting.
Prerequisite: DISC 411

RES 491 – Academic Writing and Research
1 credit hour
This course covers the essentials of style, formatting and citation according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and teaches the student how to conduct research via the library and using online sources from home. It then leads the student through the parts of a term paper and the process of writing a proposal, and finishes off with drafting, editing and final revision.

THEO 531 – Theology I
Introduces the subject of theology including its history and methods, followed by a closer look at the doctrine of Revelation and the doctrine of God. Relevant issues discussed in this course are how to do theology in a manner that glorifies and serves our Lord, and the special status of the Word of God as inspired, inerrant and authoritative. The student is encouraged to apply this teaching to his or her daily walk with God and to develop a lifestyle of true discipleship as a result.

THEO 532 – Theology II
Covers the biblical teaching on the origin and nature of man, God’s plan for redeeming mankind, the nature and purpose of the church, and the last things. The student is encouraged to apply this biblical teaching to his or her daily life and to develop a lifestyle of true discipleship as a result.
Prerequisite: THEO 531

MIN 671 – Biblical Counseling I
Two developments have created the urgent need for mature and able biblical counselors. The first is the breakdown of the family, which forces young people to grow up unloved, untaught and unprotected. The second is the growing popularity of secular psychotherapy as the proper solution. Only Christ and the application of His Word can provide right solutions for broken people. This course lays the foundation for that understanding and equips the student to guide those with problems in the right direction.

THEO 533 – Theology of Evangelism and Missions
Focuses on the theme of evangelism and missions as central to God’s nature and pivotal to His plan, and explores how this theme is developed throughout Scripture from the very beginning. The student is encouraged to apply what is learned to his or her own life and develop a lifestyle of true missionary discipleship as a result.

THEO 535 – Fundamental Theological Issues
A study of some of the major biblical doctrines which have been under attack in the last few decades, such as biblical inerrancy, the belief in absolute truth, Creationism and Intelligent Design etc.

MIN 573 – Planting Discipling and Mission-minded Churches
Examines how to plant a church through evangelism and discipleship, how to discern gifts, mentor and delegate, and how to insure that the church has and will always maintain a discipling and missionary character.

BLST 521 – Hermeneutics
This course presents sound methods of Bible reading and interpretation, and contrasts these with some of the flawed methods that have emerged under the influence of contemporary relativist thought.

MIN 571 – Vision and Leadership
This course studies the crucial importance of God’s vision for the Body of Christ, and explores ways to help develop this vision for a local church or specific ministry. It then looks at biblical and practical approaches to leadership, explores how to identify and develop potential leaders and those with other gifts and how to mobilize them effectively for God’s work. Attention is given to practical methods of mentoring and training, reporting, delegating and supervision.

CHTH 561 – Religion and World Religions
This course studies the nature of religion as opposed to life in Christ, the theological characteristics of the major world religions and the issues that may emerge when sharing the gospel with each group.

CHTH 562 – Apologetics
This course helps clarify the role of reason as contrasted with faith, and explores where absolute certainty of knowledge can be found. After a brief overview of the different apologetic approaches, the evidential approach will be used to present philosophical and scientific arguments for theism, followed by historical evidences for Christian theism.

GRK 541 – Advanced New Testament Greek
The student should already have taken an introductory course in New Testament Greek. This course equips the student with advanced skills to read and understand the NT in Greek. It provides further knowledge in developing NT Greek vocabulary, and grammatical and translational skills. It also provides a starting point toward developing exegetical skills.

HEB 551 – Advanced Biblical Hebrew
The student should already have taken an introductory course in Biblical Hebrew. This course provides an introduction to Hebrew grammar. Brief passages from the Old Testament are used to train the student in the basics of translation.

MIN 572 – Public Speaking
This course studies the principles of effective oral communication and aids the student in the development of public speaking skills. The role of listening to the Spirit and yielding to His direction is emphasized, especially for preaching and Christian teaching. Speech organization, non-verbal communication, and the effective use of visual aids will also be addressed.

DISC 511 – The Deep Prayer Life
This course explores the central place of prayer and intimacy with Christ as the basis for life and for effective God-honoring ministry, by taking the Lord’s Prayer as its starting point. Other topics covered are spiritual warfare strategies, and knowing when to be still in His presence. The course culminates in a personal 24-hr prayer retreat.

MIN 672 – Biblical Counseling II
This course is a continuation of Biblical Counseling I and equips the student to deal with more deep-seated personal problems, guiding troubled others to true maturity in Christ. This course also looks at secular counseling theories, what makes them unbiblical and why they should be avoided.
Prerequisite: MIN 671

MIN 673 – Ministry Administration
A study of administrative principles and practices for any organization, be it a local church, missionary organization or other ministry. Among the topics discussed are the various administration documents, personnel management, and the management of financial and physical resources.

MIN 674 – Intercultural Communication
This course gives students an understanding of the differences in how people communicate based on their culture. Students are made aware of such differences through theory, observation and cases studies. The intent is to help students become better communicators, especially as it pertains to sharing the gospel with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

THEO 631 – Theological Ethics
This course studies the main philosophical approaches to ethics in order to delineate the biblical view more clearly. It then explores the central role of the Holy Spirit in developing moral discernment. Finally, the student will apply what is learned to a selected ethical issue either in her personal Christian walk or in society.

CHTH 661 – Philosophical Foundations of Christian Thought
This course explores Biblical truth against the light of sound philosophical reasoning and shows how such reasoning overwhelmingly confirms what the Bible teaches.

RES 791 – Research Design and Thesis Proposal
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the various tools and tasks of doing research, while developing an actual research proposal for the Master’s Thesis.

RES 792 – Master’s Thesis
9 credit hours
The student will write a 100-page research paper on the topic for which a proposal was submitted during the Research Design class (RES 791).
Prerequisite: RES 791

DISC 711 – Personal and Ministry Development Project
This course forms the capstone to the M.Div. program. The student will be asked to briefly review what the Lord has taught him through each course, to clarify specific gifting and calling, and to develop a comprehensive plan for living a life that glorifies God and impacts the world for Christ.

Selection of Thesis Topic

Thesis topics should be selected that will help the student become more effective in ministry, especially the ministry of bringing the gospel to every nation, reviving the Body of Christ in the West and mobilizing believers everywhere to reach the world for Christ.

Time Frame

M. Div. students are expected to finish their studies within 8 years. After that time, a non-refundable extension fee of US$200 per year will be applied. Current tuition fees apply till December 31. Fees are revised yearly and may change from January 1 onward.

Graduation

Graduation will take place after the completion of the required courses and thesis work, payment of any outstanding fees, and on evidence of Christian character, faith and conduct as attested by our faculty.

 

Technical Requirements

Please make sure your computer has the following:
1. Microsoft Word (MS Word) (please do not use MS Office or other programs)
2. Adobe PDF reader. Can be downloaded for free here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/
3. Quicktime player to watch videos. Can be downloaded for free here:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
4. A sound card so the videos you watch will have sound.
5. A reliable connection to the Internet.