M.A. Divinity

Starts from: May 13, 2023
Campus Location

879 W 190th St Suite 400,Gardena,CA,United States

Course Feature
  • Course Code A1234-X
  • Duration 2 years
  • Course Type Short Courses
  • Campus Main Campus
  • Min Qualification BA Divinity
Class Description

The Master of Divinity program is a comprehensive professional degree designed for individuals seeking to pursue ministry and leadership roles within the Christian community. This program equips students with a strong foundation in theological education, practical ministry skills, spiritual formation, and biblical studies. It prepares graduates for a wide range of vocations in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, counseling, missions, teaching, and more.

Course Objectives:

1. Theological Foundations:
– Develop a comprehensive understanding of Christian theology, including biblical studies, systematic theology, historical theology, and ethical considerations.
– Engage critically with theological texts, primary sources, and contemporary theological debates.
– Cultivate a personal theological framework that informs ministry practice and fosters spiritual growth.

2. Biblical Studies:
– Acquire deep knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, including language study, exegesis, and interpretation.
– Understand the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of biblical texts.
– Apply biblical principles to contemporary contexts and ministries.

3. Pastoral Skills and Ministry Practices:
– Develop essential skills for pastoral ministry, including preaching, counseling, worship leadership, and administration.
– Gain practical knowledge in areas such as pastoral care, evangelism, discipleship, and community engagement.
– Learn effective communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for ministry effectiveness.

4. Spiritual Formation and Personal Development:
– Cultivate personal spiritual growth, self-awareness, and emotional resilience.
– Engage in spiritual disciplines, reflective practices, and theological reflection to deepen one’s relationship with God.
– Develop a sense of vocation, ethical integrity, and a commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

5. Cultural Context and Interfaith Engagement:
– Understand the cultural and social contexts in which ministry takes place.
– Engage with diverse cultural and religious perspectives, promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding.
– Develop skills for effective cross-cultural ministry and engage with contemporary social issues from a Christian perspective.

6. Field Education and Practical Experience:
– Gain hands-on experience through supervised ministry placements, internships, or field education opportunities.
– Apply theoretical knowledge in real-world ministry settings, under the guidance of experienced mentors.
– Reflect on and integrate classroom learning with practical experiences, fostering personal and professional growth.

7. Integration and Capstone Project:
– Integrate knowledge, skills, and theological insights across disciplines in a capstone project.
– Demonstrate critical thinking, theological reflection, and practical application in addressing a specific ministry challenge or topic.
– Synthesize and articulate one’s theological identity, ministry philosophy, and vision for future ministry endeavors.

Course Duration and Format:

The Master of Divinity program typically spans three to four years of full-time study. It combines classroom lectures, seminars, practical experiences, and personal reflection. Students may also have opportunities for retreats, mentorship, and participation in ministry conferences or workshops.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment methods may include research papers, theological reflections, sermon presentations, case studies, ministry evaluations, oral exams, and the successful completion of a capstone project. These assessments will evaluate students’ theological understanding, critical thinking abilities, ministry skills, and integration of theoretical knowledge with practical application.


The Master of Divinity program at The Shepherd’s House Christian University provides students with comprehensive theological education and practical ministry training. Graduates will be equipped with a solid foundation in theology, biblical studies, pastoral skills, and spiritual formation, preparing them for various leadership roles in Christian ministry. With a focus on integrating knowledge, skills, and personal growth, graduates will be empowered to serve their communities, lead with integrity, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

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