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Duke Divinity School

Established in 1926, Duke Divinity School is the first of the university’s graduate professional schools within Duke University. It is also one of the 13 seminaries founded and supported by the United Methodist Church. Duke currently offers degrees in Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.), Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.). The student body comes from 40 states and some foreign countries and approximately 45% of Duke Divinity’s students are United Methodist, 12% is Baptists, and other students come from more than 50 different denominations in the Christian faith.

Dr. Richard B. Hays serves as the current Dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity. He replaced the former Dean L. Gregory Jones. As a theologically conservative Methodist, Hays remained committed to his Wesleyan roots in emphasizing the importance of charity and friendship in the Christian life.

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Harvard Divinity School

Established in 1816, Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian graduate school institution that educates and trains a wide diversity of students both in the pursuit of academic study of religion and preparation for leadership in any religious ministry or other public service vocation.

Harvard Divinity School currently offers four degree programs  Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy where students can engage in critical thinking and interpretation which are important foundation for their future work. The student body roughly represents 30 different religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu among others. Not only that Harvard Divinity enrolls a wide range of students coming from different spiritual backgrounds but they also enrolls students who don’t have any affiliation with any particular religious traditions.

Dr. David Hempton, an Irish historian of evangelical Protestant Christianity currently serves as the Dean of Harvard Divinity School.

Carolina Graduate School of Divinity

Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is positioned to provide graduate theological education for men and women from multi-denominational backgrounds. The mission of Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is from Psalm 78:70-72 which is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he forms students spiritually, intellectually, and vocationally to shepherd God’s people with integrity of heart and lead them with skillful hands.

Recently, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity (CGSD) has joined a growing number of higher educational institutions as a member of the University Center of Randolph County at Randolph Community College. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity will offer a Master of Arts in Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity degree on RCC’s campus.

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HMS Richards Divinity School of La Sierra University

Located in Riverside, California, the HMS Richards Divinity School provides general religious studies for all students studying at La Sierra University. The HMS Richards Divinity School offers the only Seventh-day Adventist graduate academic and professional programs in religion and ministry in the western United States.

Based upon the central Christian belief in one God, the Creator of the world and Redeemer of humankind, these studies explore the Bible as the inspired Word of God, provide instruction in Christian faith, examine the history and mission of the church, and offer guidance for Christian life.

Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary

Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary (IATS) is an educational institution of the Inter‐American Division of the Seventh-­day Adventists that provides graduate Theology/Religion Education to Inter-American Pastors/Teachers in 10 sites on the campus of 10 affiliated Adventist Universities and Seminaries. IATS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

The IATS is committed to providing professional and academic programs to ministers in Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America. Professional programs include the MA in Pastoral Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry; the only academic program is an MA in Religion. These programs are offered at various affiliated sites: Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Venezuela.

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Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago

Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) is the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), a Christian institution of higher education and media ministry that was founded by evangelist Dwight L. Moody in 1886. As the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute, MTS offers degrees at the seminary/graduate level. MTS exists to train Bible interpreters who will apply and incarnate biblical truth and minister and communicate that truth to others.

Moody Theological Seminary has two graduate campuses, one located in Near North Side of Chicago (Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago) and the other in Plymouth, Michigan (Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan). MTS currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Arts, Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Counseling/Psychology. MTS also offers graduate certificate, a one-year program of study at the graduate level. All graduate degrees are offered through traditional courses in MTS Chicago, or through distance education models by combining online and modular courses.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago enrolls approximately 460 students coming from 23 states and 31 foreign countries. Almost 56 denominations are represented in MTS Chicago.

On 2009, Dr. J. Paul Nyquist became the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute.

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Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan

In November 2009, Moody Bible Institute and Michigan Theological Seminary jointly announced plans for Michigan Theological Seminary to merge with Moody Bible Institute’s Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. Finally, in January 2010, Michigan Theological Seminary became Moody Theological Seminary–Michigan.

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan (MTS-Michigan) is committed to providing its students with rigorous academic training and to prepare them to be spiritually mature leaders who will serve the church community in Michigan and throughout US and the world. Because its programs are designed for adult students, scheduling at Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan is flexible. MTS – Michigan accommodate students that have family or full-time work obligations by providing evening classes and academic tracks that consider realistic schedules outside of the classroom. Because of this, classes are inherently diverse, attracting students with various backgrounds, ages and levels of training providing a rich and interactive learning experience.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan enrolls approximately 160 students coming from 3 states and 6 foreign countries with almost 29 denominations represented. The Seminary currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Divinity (with emphases in Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship), Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts (concentration in Counseling Psychology and Spiritual Formation and Disciplines)

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Moody Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity graduate program is a 96-credit hour that provides the student with deep understanding and excellent preaching skills in order to communicate the Scriptures with accuracy and relevance. Through in-depth biblical and practical preparation, students will be equipped to minister full-time in churches or parachurch organizations in the United States or abroad.

Master’s Degree Core Courses (48 hours)

  • Bible (15 hours)
    • Introduction to Theological Research (1)
    • Hermeneutics I & II (4)
    • Old Testament Exposition I & II (6)
    • New Testament Exposition I & II (4)
  • General Ministries (10 hours)
    • Communication of Biblical Truth (3)
    • Community Outreach (1)
    • Evangelism and Community Analysis (3)
    • Essentials for Excellence in Ministry (3)
  • Intercultural (5 hours)
    • Theology of Intercultural Ministry (2)
    • Apologetics and World Religions (3)
  • Field Education (6 hours)
    • Internship I & II (6)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (3 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation (2)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab I (1)
  • Systematic Theology (9 hours)
    • Systematic Theology I, II & 3 (9)

Master of Divinity Core Courses (33 hours)

  • Bible (21 hours)
    • Biblical Theology of the OT OR Biblical Theology of the NT (2)
    • New Testament Greek I (4)
    • New Testament Greek I & II (6)
    • Biblical Hebrew (6)
    • Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis (3)
  • Historical Theology (3 hours)
    • Church History (3)
  • Pastoral (7 hours)
    • Narrative Preaching (2)
    • Pastoral Counseling (3)
    • Professional Ethics (2)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (2 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab II & III (2)

MDiv Emphasis Courses (12-13 hours)

Open Electives (2-3 hours)

Total Hours: 96 hours

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan currently offers three emphases (Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship). MTS-Chicago, on the other hand, offers 5 emphases)

  • Ministry Leadership (12 hours)
    • Developing Leaders and Managing Resources in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Global Perspectives in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Power, Conflict, Resolution, and Transformational Leadership (3)
    • Current Trends and Issues in Ministry Leadership (2)
    • Harnessing Technology in Ministry (1)
  • Pastoral Studies (12 hours)
    • Pastoral Procedures and Practices (3)
    • Preaching from the Old Testament OR Teaching with Skill and Influence (2)
    • Exegesis in the Greek New Testament (2)
    • Seminar in Theology (2)
    • Bible Elective (3)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (13 hours)
    • Spirituality and the Family (3)
    • Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Warfare (3)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (2)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (3)
    • Advanced Theology of Practical Sanctification (2)

For more information about the Master of Divinity Degree Plan, please see Moody Theological Seminary’s Academic Catalog.

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Redeemer Seminary

Redeemer Seminary (also known as Redeemer Theological Seminary or the Westminster Texas Campus) is an Evangelical, Reformed, Christian theological seminary based in Dallas, Texas with branches in Houston and Austin.

Since 1929 Westminster Theological Seminary has been training “specialists in the Bible” who minister the gospel worldwide. In 1999 Westminster began a Texas Campus to extend the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ through offering theological education grounded in the seminary’s core values and serving churches and communities in the Southwestern United States. By God’s grace, the Texas Campus has graduated students who now serve churches and ministries across the United States. In 2009 Westminster Theological Seminary launched its Texas Campus as Redeemer Seminary, an independent institution which shares the core values and theological commitments upon which Westminster was founded. Westminster concludes its M.Div. and M.A.R. programs in Texas in cooperation with Redeemer during the transition. New students enroll as Redeemer Seminary students.

The purpose of Redeemer Seminary is to form men for the gospel ministry, who shall truly believe, and cordially love, and therefore endeavor to propagate and defend, in its genuineness, simplicity, and fullness, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the inerrant and infallible Word of God and summarized in that system of religious belief and practice which is set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms and which is integrally related to the fundamental principles of Presbyterian church government; thereby, cultivating and sustaining genuine Christian devotion with sound learning.

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Northern Seminary

Located in Lombard, Illinois near Chicago, Northern Seminary is an evangelical graduate seminary that prepares students for church leadership. The seminary continues to represent a ‘theologically conservative alternative’ within the American Baptist Churches in the United States. Northern Seminary was founded in 1913, and for 100 years later, the seminary is still focused in faithfully training students to become leaders that will serve Jesus Christ with evangelical passion and mission skills in Biblically grounded and culturally relevant ministries.

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Located in Forth Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the largest seminaries in the world that equips men and women with a strong theological foundation to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Since its founding in 1908, the seminary has trained and sent out more than 43,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. Southwestern seminary resembles to a university in its size and organization. The seminary is divided into six schools – The College, The School of Theology, The School of Educational Ministries, the School of Church Music, The Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, and the Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston – each with its own faculty. The school offers 18 tracks of study in areas such as corporate chaplaincy, Islamic Studies, marriage and family counseling, urban evangelism, and social work.

Dr. Paige Patterson is the 8th and current president of the seminary, a known advocate for global missions and evangelism and also an ardent architect of the Conservative Resurgence.