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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.


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.

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.


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.


Calvin Theological Seminary

Founded in 1876, Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) is the oldest denominational ministry and the only seminary affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church which is comprised of approximately 300,000 members in over 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada. The Seminary is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is closely tied to Calvin College, though each school has its own Board of Trustees. Though CTS is affiliated with the CRCNA, nearly half of the students are from other denominations.

At present, Calvin Theological Seminary offers four Masters programs (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Theology), one Doctorate program (Doctor of Philosophy) and a variety of ecclesiastical programs. The Seminary’s foundation is Reformed theology and is thoroughly committed to the Bible as God’s Word and to the confessional standards of the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort as a faithful interpretation of the Word.

In 2011, Rev. Julius Ted Medenblik became the president of CTS.


Covenant Theological Seminary

Covenant Theological Seminary, sometimes known as Covenant Seminary is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Covenant is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and its primary task is to train students for pastoral ministry – including church planting, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missionary service. The Seminary does not require its students to be members of the PCA, but it is loyal to the teachings of its denomination.

Covenant Seminary’s faculty, as well as the Board of Trustees annually subscribe in the writing to the Bible as the Word of God, immediately inspired and inerrant in its original writings, and to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, which, although subordinate to the Bible in their authority, set forth the Seminary’s understanding of biblical faith in a consistent and reliable form. Covenant’s students, on the other hand, affirms the historic Christian beliefs expressed in such documents as the Apostles’ Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Dr. Mark Dalbey serves as the current president of Covenant Theological Seminary. He is also an Associate Professor of Practical Theology.


Westminster Theological Seminary

Founded in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution that offers theological education at Philadelphia campus and through a program of study in London. In 1982, the California campus of Westminster became an independent institution which is now known as Westminster Theological Seminary California.

Westminster Theological School exists to form Christian leaders to proclaim the whole counsel of God throughout a changing world. The Seminary is committed to Scripture and to the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. The School also subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Westminster desires to be used in training ministers of the gospel and others for service in those churches committed to the Three Forms of Unity as subordinate standards.

The current president of Westminster Theological Seminary Dr. Peter A. Lillback. He is also the Professor of Historical Theology.


Oral Roberts University Graduate School of Theology & Ministry

Oral Roberts University (ORU) ,based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, is an interdenominational, Charismatic Christian, comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,790 students from 49 U.S. states along with a significant number of international students from 70 countries. Founded in 1963, the university is named for its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, and is the largest Charismatic Christian university in the world.

The school fronts on South Lewis Avenue between East 75th Street and East 81st Street in South Tulsa. Sitting on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus, ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and offers over 65 undergraduate degree programs along with a number of masters and doctoral degrees. ORU is classified as Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ORU was also ranked as one of 123 institutions in the 2009 “Best in the West” regional list produced by The Princeton Review.

According to the university it was founded by Oral Roberts in 1963 “as a result of the evangelist Oral Roberts’ obeying God’s mandate to build a university on God’s authority and the Holy Spirit. God’s commission to Oral Roberts was to ‘Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased’.” The first students enrolled in 1965.

The school was accredited in 1971 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Oral Roberts’ son Richard Roberts was named president in 1993. In October 2007 Roberts took a leave of absence, citing a lawsuit filed by former ORU professors. Tulsa evangelist Billy Joe Daugherty and Oral Roberts were named executive regent and interim president of the university amid a widely publicized scandal and Richard Roberts resigned the following month.

In October 2007 the school was reportedly “struggling financially” with over $50 million in debt. ORU’s operating budget for 2007-2008 was more than $82 million. However, in the second quarter of 2009, the university’s debt was reduced to $720,000 as of result of a number of simultaneous efforts including a $70 million gift from the Green family of Oklahoma City and the $25 Million Dollar Matching Campaign, a part of the university’s Renewing the Vision effort. On September 23, 2009, it was announced at the end of the university’s chapel service that all of the university’s long-term debt obligations had been met and the school was debt-free.

In January 2009, the university’s presidential search committee recommended Dr. Mark Rutland, President of Southeastern University in Florida, to succeed Richard Roberts, which the Board of Trustees approved. Rutland took office on July 1, 2009 as the third president.

ORU’s graduate program in Theology and Ministry is focused solely on developing men and women of God who are leaders in Christian ministry, both for service in churches throughout the United States and in churches and missions worldwide. The program is an international school including students representing many nations in attendance. The education you receive through the graduate program will immerse you deeply in the teachings of the Bible and equip you with the theological training you need to confidently lead others in the path directed by the Holy Spirit.


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.


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.