The Master of Divinity program is particularly a means of preparing individuals for the service of Christ in Christian ministry as pastors in local congregations in Asia and the Pacific. The Master of Divinity program is a means of intellectual, professional and spiritual preparation of the student for responsibilities in the nurture and outreach of the church as an effective servant leader. At the same time, it is a means for the practice of Christian stewardship and service in an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility. Furthermore, it is a means for the development of a strong self-image as a minister of the gospel.
Though the Master of Divinity is primarily intended for the preparation of pastoral leaders, some graduates may find themselves teaching in Bible or theological colleges. The degree provides solid background for teaching a wide variety of theological subjects, though graduates are urged to go on for further, more specialized education through the Master of Science in Theology or the Master of Theology, and beyond, if they intend to become college teachers.
The Master of Divinity degree is approved to fulfil elder’s ordination requirements for those ministering in the Church of the Nazarene.
A minimum of three years is required for the completion of the course leading to this degree. A candidate must complete a total of 90 semester hours. Up to 12 units from an approved undergraduate program in religion or theology may be applied and count toward the 90 units. Up to 45 units may be transferred from other graduate programs, but the final 30 hours must be taken in residence at APNTS.
At the discretion of the Academic Dean, the certain core subjects (up to 12 credit hours) may be waived if the student has the subjects at the undergraduate level at an accredited Bible college, college or university, and if the subjects have been taught by a professor with a doctoral degree. These subjects include a Biblical Language (either Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek), 6 semester hours; Foundations of Christian Education (or the equivalent), 3 semester hours; and, for Nazarene students, History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene, 3 semester hours.
MASTER OF DIVINITY IN BIBLICAL STUDIES
MASTER OF DIVINITY IN THEOLOGY AND CHURCH HISTORY
MASTER OF DIVINITY IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
MASTER OF DIVINITY IN INTER-CULTURAL STUDIES
MASTER OF DIVINITY (GENERAL COURSE)