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May 2015 - April 2016 Capital Seminary and Graduate School Catalog 
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Pastoral Studies, MDiv

Curricular Structure

The Master of Divinity program consists of 72 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. MDiv students complete either the 48 credit MAM or MABS and then the remaining 24 additional credits from the MA not completed. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar   0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis   9 Credits
Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies 24 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Pastoral Studies 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience   6 Credits
Program Total 72 Credits

Sites Offered

Greenbelt, MD 
Lancaster, PA 
Springfield, VA 
Indianapolis, IN  
Memphis, TN  

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following online Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status at the admissions interview.

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies (24 Credits)

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies Electives

12 credits of Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies electives

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their advisor, students will select one of the options below to fulfill the program requirements.

  1. Ministry Internship or Mentorship
    Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s advisor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s advisor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as a 3 credit course.
  2. Ministry Research
    The Ministry Research Project is intended to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of improved research and writing skills, greater insight, and growth in competence for ministry through a major written ministry project. The project’s design is to evaluate an existing ministry by assessing effectiveness for mission/vision. Students learn an effective assessment tool applicable for any ministry setting.
  1. Academic Option
    With the permission of both the faculty advisor and a Dean of the Seminary and Graduate School, students may be allowed to take elective courses in their program or an independent study appropriate to their ministry goals. Students must make a formal written proposal in order to exercise this option.