Master of Divinity (3 Years / 128 Units)


Program Description:


This program is designed to equip dedicated Christians for various ministries in the church setting, including the ordained ministries of instruction and leadership in the church. This program emphasizes developing the capacity to study and communicate the Christian scriptures and the theological traditions and the capacity to model and facilitate Christian spiritual formation and communal practices.


Program Requirements Summary:


Biblical Studies: 48 units

History: 16 units

Practical Theology: 28 units (including field ministry)

Electives: 36 units_____________________________________

Total Unit Requirement: a minimum of 128 units

Residence requirement: 88 units to be taken at Rochester University


Program Learning Outcomes:


By the time students complete the program, they will become pastors, assistant pastor, minister of Word and Sacrament, lay leader in serving the church and leader in the Christian-related organization and the world with confidence and competency with the following skills and knowledge:


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible and exegetical and theological skills.

Demonstrate an ability to integrate faith in their life and professional ministry

Demonstrate evangelical aspect of the world mission and cultural diversity in that students continue to be disciplined

Demonstrate ministry and pastoral skills to lead congregation and church.


Admission Requirements:


Anyone possessing a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. See the section on admissions criteria, earlier in this catalog, for additional requirements.


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Master of Divinity program:

1. Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from a university or college with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.00 scale), and must submit official transcripts for their academic work. 

2. A completed application form for admission

3. Application fee

4. Recommendation Form


Program Requirements


Students receive the Master of Divinity degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements: 48 units of Biblical Studies, 16 units of History, 28 units of practical theology including field ministry, and 36 units of electives in any category which makes up the total 128 units. A student may transfer up to 40 units toward his or her degree program.


Course of Study




Course Title



(4 courses)

HIS 305

Church History I (4 units)


HIS 306

Church History II (4 units)

HIS 405

History of Presbyterian Movement (4 units)

HIS 415

History of Renaissance and Reformation (4 units)

Biblical Studies & Theology

(12 courses)

OT 301

Theology of the OT (4 units)





OT 315

Introduction to the Prophets (4 units)

NT 301

Introduction to the NT (4 units)

NT 205

Life and Teachings of Christ (4 units)

NT 305

Pauline Epistles (4 units)


The New Testament and The Biblical World (4 units)


The Passion of Jesus (4 units)

THE 401

Systematic Theology I (4 units)

THE 402

Systematic Theology II (4 units)

THE 415

Apologetics (4 units)

THE 425

Contemporary Theology I (4 units)

THE 426

Contemporary Theology II (4 units)

THE 511

Biblical Theology I (4 units)

THE 512

Biblical Theology II (4 units)

Practical Theology (Choose 7 courses)

ED 415

Church Administration (4 units)


POSC 415

Modern Political Thought (4 units)


Church Finance (4 units)


Christian Worship (4 units)

PRA 410

Homiletics (4 units)  


Preaching (4 units) 


Mission (4 units)

PRA 415

Practical Counseling (4 units)


Evangelism (4 units)


Pastoral Leadership (4 units)

PRA 551

Supervised Field Ministry I (4 units)

PRA 552

Supervised Field Ministry II (4 units)

PRA 553

Supervised Field Ministry III (4 units)


Christian Counseling (4 units)

PSY 415

Pastoral Counseling (4 units)

PSY 425

Counseling for Marriage and Family (4 units)



Electives: 36 units

Electives may be drawn from any of the categories above.




Course Title


Elective in Any Category (Choose 9 courses)


Studies in the Gospel of Mark (4 units)

36 units


Women in the New Testament (4 units)


Introduction to Prophets (4 units)


Major Prophets (4 units)


Minor Prophets (4 units)


New Testament Greek I (4 units)


New Testament Greek II (units)


Biblical Hebrew I (4 units)


Biblical Hebrew II (4 units)


Christian Ethics (4 units)


Graduation Requirements:


1) Completion of 128 quarter units (up to 40 units may be transferred).

2) Completion of the course work with a GPA of 2.75 or above.

3) Demonstration of competence in Ministry Skills through coursework

4) Passing Exit interview