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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Master of Divinity (mdiv)

If you feel called to vocational ministry, to nurturing and growing churches locally and internationally, to studying the Bible intensively and sharing the Word of God faithfully, Gordon-Conwell’s MDIV is designed for you. Our comprehensive program provides men and women with rigorous theological training, deep spiritual formation, and practical ministry skills to proclaim the gospel with true servant leadership.

You may be called to serve in your local community or across the globe, and our commitment to global discipleship will prepare you to serve with cultural relevance. You will learn from world-renowned faculty in a diverse community of 85 denominations and 50 languages.

Alumni Experiences

Katie Hightower

“At Gordon-Conwell, I learned to take the Word of God and the people of God seriously. I learned the importance of biblical languages, to exegete with care, to preach a sermon first to myself and then to my flock. But I also learned that ministry is about people. In my work with undergraduate students at an affluent university, I share the Gospel with those weighed down by heavy expectations for them to change the world. I watch as God unmasks my students and shows them the inadequacy of their own power, achievement, and intelligence. And I remind them that our God is changing the world, and that we get to be a part of His work.”

— Katie Hightower (MDIV ‘18)

Cody Zuiderveen

“Whether I was serving in international missions, discipling students in college ministry, or teaching at a seminary, I have been grateful for the wide range of experience, education, and discipleship that Gordon-Conwell used to equip me for ministry. I particularly appreciate the intentional approach faculty took to developing me as a follower of Christ, not just as a student in the classroom.”

— Cody Zuiderveen (MDIV ‘16)

Cindy Wu

“Through the Partnership Program, my husband and I were both able to attend seminary, something I had resigned to putting off until my kids were out of the nest. I took advantage of the BTI and took a broad range of classes, which ultimately clarified my missional calling to mobilize the church at large. I had professors who empowered and encouraged me, some of whom I still keep in touch with one decade later.”

— Cindy Wu (MDIV ‘11)

Chris Anderson

“After completing my MDIV, I returned to the DC area and served for six years in bi-vocational ministry with my wife’s home church — a large non-denominational church different from my own (small, midwestern Presbyterian) tradition. My education equipped me to help men and women coming together from many different backgrounds (theological, demographic, generational) to listen together to God’s Word and to each other.”

— Chris Anderson (MDIV ‘12)

TYPICAL STUDENT

The Master of Divinity generally draws students desiring to enter full-time vocational or bi-vocational ministry. The student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life. 

Typical Vocations

Pastoral Ministry

Missions

Chaplaincy

Academics

Graduates have also applied their MDIV in the marketplace, public policy, education, research, public service, medicine, dentistry, law, and Hollywood.

Courses

90 Credit Hours (30 Courses)

Course List

Biblical Languages: 4 Courses / 12 Credit Hours

  • Hebrew I (OL501)
  • Hebrew II (OL502)
  • Greek I (GL501)
  • Greek II (GL502)

Biblical Studies: 8 Courses / 24 Credit Hours

Old Testament

  • Exploring the Old Testament (OT500) 1
  • Interpreting the Old Testament (OT511)
  • Old Testament Exegesis (OT 600 level)
  • Old Testament Exegesis (OT 700 level)

New Testament

  • Exploring the New Testament (NT500) 1
  • Interpreting the New Testament (NT502)
  • New Testament Exegesis: Narrative (NT 611–619)
  • New Testament Exegesis: Epistles (NT 620–649)

Christian Thought: 8 Courses / 24 Credit Hours

  • The Church to the Reformation (CH501)
  • The Church from the Reformation (CH502)
  • Theology Survey I (TH501)
  • Theology Survey II (TH502)
  • Theology Elective (TH any)
  • Ethics Course (ET any)
  • Understanding Culture (CT520) or any CT Elective
  • Christian Thought Elective (any course with CH, CT, TH, WM, IS, ET, or AP code)

Practical Theology: 7 Courses / 21 Credit Hours

  • Spiritual Formation course (MC/SF501 or CH/SF591)
  • Pastoral Counseling course (PC511 or MC/PC513)
  • Preaching: Principles & Practices (PR601)
  • Pastoral Communication Course (PR602, PR717, or MC520)
  • Pastoral Skills Course (Any CL or EV Course)
  • Practical Theology (Any CL, CO, EM, EV, MC, PC, PR, or YM Course)
  • Practical Theology (Any CL, CO, EM, EV, MC, PC, PR, or YM Course)

Field Education/Practicum: 3 Credit Hours

  • Mentored Ministry Rotation 1
  • Mentored Ministry Rotation 2
  • Mentored Ministry Rotation 3

Capstone Courses: 2 Courses / 6 Credit Hours

  • Pastoral Ministry (MC701) or Readiness for Ministry (MC850)
  • Biblical Theology Seminar (NT/OT795) or any 600+ level Biblical Studies or Christian Thought Course

This list is provided for you convenience. It seeks to be accurate and up-to-date but does not replace your graduation check sheet as the authoritative statement of degree requirements per your admission. That check sheet provides a fuller list of alternative courses and potential exceptions.

1. Students who pass the Old Testament or New Testament competency exams may waive the course(s) OT500 or NT501 OR replace these with an open elective. (Bible competency exams must be taken prior to a student’s first course).

2. The following course prefixes are associated with Gordon-Conwell’s three teaching divisions
Biblical Studies includes: GL, NT, OL, OT.
Christian Thought includes: AP, CH, CT, ET, TH, WM
Practical Theology includes: CL, CO, EM, EV, MC, MM, PC, PR, or YM

Program Goals

  • To gain competency with the biblical languages in order to develop exegetical and hermeneutical skills using the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and the Greek text of the New Testament
  • To understand the basic content and themes of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and cultural settings, as well as the historical and theological dimensions of the Christian faith
  • To expound and proclaim effectively the biblical message of redemption
  • To develop skills appropriate for church leadership as a pastor, teacher, counselor, evangelist, chaplain, church planter, missionary or other role as a leader
  • To foster love for God and his Word and therefore to cultivate the practices of spiritual maturity and Christ-like character, and to understand the Christian’s ethical responsibility in church and society
  • To acquire a biblical perspective and Christian worldview on the forces in our culture and to learn to engage those as they are at work both outside and inside the life of the church
  • To develop a global vision for the Christian faith so as to foster an appreciation and commitment to the worldwide proclamation of the gospel
  • To cultivate an appreciation for and a commitment to the personal and community sharing of the gospel

Program Distinctives

  • Development of a firm biblical foundation to equip students for effective ministry
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • World-renowned faculty members training new leaders in the Church
  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Interreligous Consortium
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities
  • Emphasis on global engagement provides opportunities for hands-on missions experience
  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium
  • Field-Based Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Rigorous courses offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Academic courses that equip students with a solid foundation for effective ministry in an urban setting
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the city
  • Emphasis on deep spiritual formation, global engagement and practical training
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Emphasis on the study of original biblical languages
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home

You Can Afford Seminary!

Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

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