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Review of Duke Divinity School.

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.


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.


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.


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Houston Campus

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary began offering theological education in Houston in 1975 with extension courses on the campus of Houston Baptist University. Twenty-five years later, a seminary looking for a home campus and a church looking to minister, joined forces to provide a full campus for master level studies in theology.

Park Place Baptist Church, true to its well known heritage of faith, deeded its facilities to Southwestern Seminary in 2002. The seminary began transforming the property into a state-of-the-art campus.

In 2004, Dr. J. Denny Autrey was named the first resident dean of Southwestern’s Havard School. Like the two Christian institutions that partnered to expand theological education in the Texas Gulf Coast, Autrey has a strong history of ministry and education.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. It is one of the largest seminaries in the world and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and also by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The school uses the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as its confessional statement.

The seminary was established in 1908, with B. H. Carroll as its founding president. It grew out of the Baylor University theological department, which was established in 1901. By 1905, Carroll had managed to convert the department of five professors into the Baylor Theological Seminary, but still under Baylor University. In 1907, while Baylor University President Samuel Palmer Brooks was on vacation in Europe, B.H. Carroll, then chairman of the Baylor Board of Trustees, made a motion that the department of religion be separated from the University and chartered as a separate entity.


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is a graduate school institution which serves a community of higher learning persons called to ministry. MBTS seeks to dramatically transform students by renewing their minds with biblical truth, impacting their hearts with a passion for ministry, and enriching their souls with deepened Christ-likeness. MBTS currently offers Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science degrees, Associates degrees and certificates. So far, MBTS has awarded more than 3,500 theological degrees.

MBTS is one of the six official seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and is governed by a board of 35 trustees who are elected by SBC. The trustees, in turn elect faculty members and administrative officers. Upon election of the faculty, each professor subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 statement adopted by the SBC in 2000.

Dr. Jason K. Allen became the fifth president in 2012 of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the youngest seminary president in the SBC and one of the youngest presidents in American higher education.


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is one of the largest seminary in the world located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Founded in 1950 by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), SEBTS is mandated to train ministers for churches all over the east coast of the United States. The seminary currently offers three Doctorate programs, two different Master of Theology programs with ten different specializations for its Master of Divinity program, eight other Masters degree program, and a number of certificate programs.

Similar to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the same articles of faith are affirmed by the Board of Trustees and faculty of the Southeastern – the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Dr. Daniel L. Akin is the sixth President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin succeeded Dr. Paige Patterson, who now is the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) is one of the largest conservative Christian seminaries in the world affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Located in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, NOBTS has enrolled over 3,500 students coming from 39 states and 39 different nations. The Seminary is committed to making quality theological education as accessible and affordable to as many as possible. Therefore, NOBTS operates over a dozen extension center campuses across the Southeast. Approximately 1,900 students are located primarily on the New Orleans campus; the others are at extension centers.

NOBTS currently offers a wide range of degree options for ministerial training. NOBTS graduate programs offer over 20 special specializations designed to prepare students for service in the specific area of ministerial call. The Seminary’s faculty is divided into five working divisions: biblical studies, theological & historical studies, pastoral ministries, Christian Education ministries, and church music ministries. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level studies programs, NOBTS also offers a research doctoral program designed to meet the needs of post-graduate students who seek preparation for teaching and specialized ministry leadership. Doctoral degrees are divided between research doctoral degree programs and professional doctoral degree programs.

NOBTS confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

At present, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Kelley serves as the president of New Orleans Theological Seminary. Prior to his election, he had served at the seminary for 13 years as the Roland Q. Leavell Professor of Evangelism and most recently as the director of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health.


Cincinnati Bible Seminary

Cincinnati Christian University (formerly Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary) is a private Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is supported by the Christian churches and churches of Christ, which are part of the Restoration Movement.

Cincinnati Bible Seminary is one of the graduate schools at Cincinnati Christian University. The Seminary offers graduate degree programs in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Religion.


Lincoln Christian Seminary

Located in Lincoln, Illinois, Lincoln Christian Seminary is a graduate theological institution which is focused on professional leadership ministry within its understanding of the “priesthood of all believers.” The Seminary is committed to developing servant leaders who will carry out Christ’s Great Commission in the world. Lincoln Christian Seminary is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Chirst

Lincoln Christian Seminary offers a wide variety of degree programs in order to provide distinctive leadership for the many facets of ministry necessary for advancing the Kingdom. The Seminary values scholarship in the service of the Church, working to equip our students for the mission that God has placed in their path. Lincoln Christian Seminary offers Master’s degrees (including a Master of Divinity) and a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte

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Thoroughly committed to Reformed Theology and the absolute authority of Scripture, Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte trains students to pursue the kingdom of God with sharpened minds and hearts aflame for the Gospel. Since its founding in 1993, RTS Charlotte has trained men and women as pastors, educators, campus ministers, youth ministers, chaplains, missionaries, and countless other Christian vocations. Moreover, RTS Charlotte puts a strong emphasis on experience through internships in many of the 3,000 churches within an hour’s driving distance of the seminary.

RTS Charlotte is ideally located in the heart of southeast Charlotte, with excellent access to the airport, the interstate system, the bulk of the residential areas of Charlotte. The campus is composed of five buildings with over 50,000 square feet of space, providing ample classrooms, library, and office areas, all with full wireless access.

RTS Charlotte currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies) and Doctor of Ministry. Michael J. Kruger serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and Professor of New Testament.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (North Carolina Campus)

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is at the core of RTS Charlotte’s educational training. It is a 106 semester hour program with electives available in all the different theological disciplines. The program includes the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew in order to equip the student to dig deeper into the text. Biblical courses will include concentrating on each book of the Bible in depth. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements. In addition to the coursework, M.Div. students are required to complete 400 hours of field education experience during their degree program, which is further designed to help students put their academic knowledge into practice.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M.Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year (1st Year) – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Leadership (2)
  • Gospels (3)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Acts and Romans (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Greek Exegesis (2)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (3)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year (2nd Year) – 34 hours

  • Missions (2)
  • Introduction to Hebrew (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Systematic Theology I (3)
  • Field Education Internship
  • Intermediate Hebrew (3)
  • Hebrew – Revelation (3)
  • Pastoral Ministry (2)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (2)
  • Systematic Theology II (2)
  • Elective (2)

Senior Year (3rd Year) – 35 hours

  • Systematic Theology III (3)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Principles of Sanctification (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis/Macro-Hermeneutics (3)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (2)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • 3 Elective (6 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Charlotte offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry and M.Div. Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry

RTS Charlotte recognizes that ministry among college and university students is one of the most significant and strategic ways to develop next generation’s church leaders and evangelize the lost. Thus, RTS Charlotte offers the Institute of Reformed Campus Ministry (IRCM) which provides specialized training in the Master of Divinity degree with a focus upon ministry among college and university students. The IRCM includes a degree emphasis within the M.Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed to campus ministry, annual conferences & lectures, and numerous campus ministry opportunities. Within this degree emphasis, IRCM students are allowed to take specially focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

  • Ministry in a Postmodern Context replaces Church and the World
  • Pastoral Ministry: Local Church & College Campus replaces Pastoral MInistry
  • Discipleship & Campus Ministry replaces Educational Ministries in the Church
  • Planting and Growing a Campus Ministry replaces Evangelism
  • Applied Apologetics replaces one Elective course

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry

Due to the incredible opportunities and need for chaplains in all sectors of American life, both domestically and internationally, RTS Charlotte offers the Chaplains Ministry Institute (CMI) that focuses on preparing men and women for service in many settings: military, institutional, airport, hospital, corporate, and more. The CMI includes a degree emphasis within the M. Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed for chaplain ministry, annual conferences & lectures, numerous chaplain ministry opportunities, and mentorships with chaplains in the community. Within the degree emphasis, CMI students take special focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

These courses are as follows:

  • Leadership and Chaplain Ministry
  • Pastoral Theology for Chaplains
  • Counseling and Chaplain Ministry
  • Evangelism, Chaplaincy and Pluralism
  • Applied Apologetics

More information about Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte Campus) curriculum.