Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the basic professional degree for ministry. With a balanced integration of three components-Biblical Literature, Theological/Historical Studies, and the Practices of Ministry-the M.Div. prepares students for effective careers as pastors, evangelists, chaplains, and a broad variety of other ministries. Students are trained to be Spirit-filled, biblically based, historically informed, socially and ethically accountable, theologically responsible, and skillfully enabled ministers of Jesus Christ. The Master of Divinity is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy.
One of the strengths of the Master of Divinity program is the flexibility offered by its nine credit hours of undesignated electives. Students may use these credit hours to pursue a specific area of ministry study, such as counseling or missions. Because ORU also has graduate schools in Education and Business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training.
The M.Div. degree program aims to:
- Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with an application to selected contemporary situations.
- Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper.
- Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity.
- Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines.
- Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies.
- Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society.
- Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory of ministry that is relevant to their backgrounds and callings.
- Provide opportunities to demonstrate necessary skills for ministry within a variety of traditions, churches and cross-cultural contexts.
- Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
- Enable students to develop a theology and theory of ministry that integrates biblical and theological content with practical ministry skills.
The Master of Divinity Degree Equips you for your role as a:
- Senior pastor
- Associate pastor
- Chaplain: hospital, campus, military
- Pastoral counselor
- Teacher in a Bible institute or Bible school
- Candidate in a doctoral studies program.
M.Div./Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy (PCC)
The Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy concentration (PCC) in the Master of Divinity degree program prepares students for entrance into chaplaincy in a military, hospital, institutional, or organizational context. Through a PCC practicum or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit, students gain practical skills for ministry leadership, along with specialized skills in the pastoral and spiritual roles of a chaplain.