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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.


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.


Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

In addition to the Jackson and Charlotte  campus, Reformed Theological Seminary offers courses at the Orlando campus. RTS Orlando is a place of vocational and spiritual formation under the mentoring of godly pastors-scholars who share your burden for the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Word of God, for the lost, for the saints to be equipped, and for the nations to be discipled. RTS Orlando has trained more than 1,500 pastors and leaders for the global 21st century church since opening in the fall of 1989.

RTS Orlando currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Counseling and Doctor of Ministry. RTS Orlando maintains a belief in the inerrancy of the Bible and generally follows Reformed tradition, including Covenant Theology. Don Sweeting serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)

RTS Orlando offers one of the most rigorous and comprehensive Master of Divinity degrees in the United States to both men and women from the states and abroad. The M. Div. curriculum is designed to offer training for pastoral ministry and is concentrated in three basic areas – Bible, theology, and practical theology. In addition to training for pastoral ministry, the curriculum is designed to aid in the student’s sanctification and ability to apply Scripture to contemporary circumstances.

Students taking the M.Div. degree may major in one of two emphasis offered in Belcher Campus: Counseling and Baptist Studies. Both programs require a total of 106 semester hours and is typically done in 3 years.

Students begin taking Hebrew and Greek in their first year. 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.

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

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Theology of Ministry I (2)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (2)
  • Hebrew I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Greek Exegesis (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year – 36 hours

  • Gospels (4)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (1)
  • Systematic Theology I & II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Acts and Pauline Epistles (4)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (1)
  • 2 Elective (4 hours, 2 hours each)

Senior year – 33 hours

  • Hebrews – Revelation (3)
  • Missions (3)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Systematic Theology III (2)
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Mentoring (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Theology of Ministry II (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory III (1)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Orlando offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Counseling and M.Div. Emphasis in Baptist Studies. 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 Counseling

The Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling provides students preparing for Christian ministry with an opportunity to receive specialized training in applying the gospel to persons in a variety of situations and settings.

These courses are as follows:

  • Addictions replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Psychology in Relation to Theology I replaces Classics of Peers Devotion
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy replaces Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Couples Counseling replaces 1 Elective (3)

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies

The Master of DIvinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies is offered in conjunction with the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies at RTS Orlando, which exists to prepare leaders for the church who are marked with “a mind for truth, and a heart for God,” by imparting to them the riches of Reformed theology and piety whole also conveying a robust vision of the church and its ministry.

These courses are as follows:

  • Baptist Confessions replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Theology of Ministry replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Polity replaces Church Polity
  • Baptist History replaces 1 Elective (1)

More information about the curriculum of Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando.


Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Located in Springfield, Missouri, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) is a graduate-level educational institution that trains both men and women to fulfill the mission of the church as taught in Scripture. AGTS shapes servant leaders with knowledge, skill and passion to revitalize the church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit.

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary is a graduate school institution within the evangelical and Pentecostal tradition and affirms the Bible as God’s written Word, the inspired, infallible and authoritative rule for faith and conduct. AGTS serves as the only seminary endorsed by the Assemblies of God for graduate-level education of ministries. Moreover, AGTS adheres to the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.

Dr. Byron D. Klaus serves as the current President of AGTS since 1999. He is also the Professor of Intercultural Leadership Studies in AGTS.


Regent University School of Divinity

Regent University School of Divinity is a multidenominational seminary that provides Biblically-grounded theological training from a renewal perspective, emphasizing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in spiritual transformation. Programs are focused on the academic, leadership and spiritual expansion of its students, preparing to fulfill their vocational callings as pastors, chaplains, professors, missionaries and other ministry professionals. The School of Divinity offers degrees in Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts.

Pat Robertson is the Chancellor & CEO of Regent University while Amos Yong serves as the Dean of the School of Divinity. Dr. Yong is also the Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and a Pentecostal Theologian.


Alliance Theological Seminary – NYC

In addition to the main campus of Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) which is located in Rockland County, New York, there is a large satellite campus located between downtown and midtown in the area known as TriBeCa. Established in 1997, the goal of the ATS-NYC campus is to make seminary studies accessible to those who work in the city and to provide a thoroughly urban context for theological education.

Founder Dr. Albert B. Simpson conducted the very first classes on the back of a Broadway stage then relocated to the lower Hudson Valley in Rockland County, New York in 1987. After 100 years, Alliance Theological Seminary returned to the city in 1997. Today, Alliance Theological Seminary serves over 1,300 students in the New York campus. ATS-NYC campus currently offers graduate degree programs on Master in Divinity, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Arts in Biblical Literature.

Master of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary – NYC

ATS-NYC’s Master of Divinity is a 93-credit program which is recognized as the most comprehensive and basic level graduate preparing for ministerial leadership and for future study in the theological disciplines. The M. Div. curriculum develops progressively over three years through the Person Phase, the Church Phase and the Ministry Phase. Please refer to the ATS-Nyack for more information

The purpose of the Master of Divinity degree is to produce whole people for general leadership in Christian service, whether in their own on in another culture, by bringing into dialogue with the various dimensions of theological education (church and academy; theology and social science inquiry; the biblical world and the contemporary world; classroom and experience; character and competence; and wisdom and skill.)

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses – (48 credits)

  • Proclamation & Communication (3)
  • Worship Arts & Disciplines (3)
  • Working with People (3)
  • People as Social & Cultural Beings (3)
  • Church as a Social & Cultural Institution (3)
  • Perspectives in Mission (3)
  • Reading the New Testament (3)
  • Greek Bible & Western Mediterranean World (3)
  • Hermeneutics (3)
  • Reading the Old Testament (3)
  • Hebrew Bible & Eastern Mediterranean World (3)
  • Personal/Prof/Theol Foundations for Ministry (3)
  • Biblical Theology (3)
  • Theology in the Global Context (3)
  • History of Christianity (3)
  • Church in the Urban World (3)

Mentored Development Courses – 9 credits

  • SF 503 – 1st Year Initiation in Spiritual Formation (3)
  • SF 603 – 2nd Year Field Education (3)
  • SF 703 – 3rd Year Spiritual Formation Capstone (3)

The Urban Ministries Track: As part of the Master of Divinity curriculum, students are required to pick a track to specialized in. The Urban Ministries track is offered primarily at the Manhattan Campus and this track emphasizes the perspectives and specialized training necessary for ministry in an urban environment. This track includes the following 6 courses/ 18 credits.

  • Christian Ethics (3)
  • Urban Theology (3)
  • Urban Church & the Poor (3)
  • Urban Community & Worldview Analysis (3)
  • Urban Community Development (3)
  • Leadership Development & the Urban Church (3)

Aside from the Urban Ministries Track, Bible and Theology Track and Church Development Track is offered in ATS-NYC Campus. [Please refer to the ATS-Nyack for more information]

Professional Development Courses: In addition to the tracks, students select 6 professional development courses (18 credits) of their choosing within the ATS curriculum or in consultation with the Dean, from other graduate programs within the Nyack College System. This flexibility allows for further study in areas related to career goals and personal interest.

More information about the curriculum of Alliance Theological Seminary.


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.


Concordia Theological Seminary

Founded in 1846, Concordia Theological Seminary is a graduate school institution of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) whose central purpose is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry as well as men and women for other services in the church. The Seminary’s academic programs offers its students an understanding of the Christian faith that is Christ-centered, Biblically based, confessionally Lutheran and evangelically active. Students are taught by a distinguished faculty who are dedicated to equipping students to serve effectively in an ever-changing world. As a theologically conservative graduate institution, the Seminary emphasizes the study of the Bible and the Book of Concord and only ordains men for the ministry.

Both Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary St. Louis are owned and operated by LCMS. Concordia Theological Seminary currently offers Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology.

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. is the current president of the Seminary and Professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism.


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Concordia Seminary exists to serve the Church and the world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, deaconesses, missionaries, chaplains, and church leaders of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Seminary is owned and operated by the 2,300,000-member Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and together with the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, it is the source of ministerial training for the LCMS. Since its inception, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis has provided more than 12,000 professional workers in the church.

Concordia Seminary is the second oldest Lutheran seminary. Moreover, it has been recognized for over a century as an important center for theological training for ministerial training and research. Concordia Seminary currently offers Master Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy.

The current president of Concordia Seminary is Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer. He is also the Professor of Practical Theology.


Regent College

Founded in 1968, Regent College is a transdenominational graduate school of theology located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is housed in a three-level building. The campus is on the farther side of Vancouver City, and the College is housed in a three-level building. Regent is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is part of the consortium of theological schools on the UBC campus. Regent College is an evangelical school that seeks to cultivate intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Regent College also remains true to orthodox faith as recorded in the Scriptures.

Regent College currently offers four distinct graduate degree programs – Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theology (ThM). Some of the programs that fall under these concentrations include: Old Testament; Missions & Evangelism; New Testament; Biblical Studies; Marketplace Theology; Family & Community; and Church History. Today, over 600 students are enrolled in the Regent and coming from over 40 foreign countries and representing more than 30 denominations. Moreover, Regent College has produced more than 4,000 graduates and 17,000 former students worldwide.

Dr. Rod Wilson has served as the current president of Regent College since 2000. He is also the Professor of Counselling and Psychology.