The Master of Divinity is a 92-credit-hour professional graduate degree designed to equip pastors and other Christian ministers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for their calling. It is the standard theological degree obtained by clergy across North America.
This degree surveys all major areas of biblical, theological, historical, and practical disciplines related to Christian ministry. Elective courses addressing a variety of subjects complement the core curriculum and equip students for ministry specialization.
- The prerequisite for this degree is a BA degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
- A total of 92 credit hours is required for the completion of the degree.
- At least 30 credit hours must be completed on campus to provide regular and substantive student-faculty interaction to facilitate achieving the degree outcomes.
- Graduates will have gained skills for in-depth study and interpretation of the Old and New Testaments, including the biblical languages.
- Graduates will have demonstrated a critical awareness and life application of their understanding of Christian history, theology and ethics.
- Graduates will have learned to engage lostness through evangelism, church planting, and cross-cultural missions.
- Graduates will have grown in skills of disciple-making and teaching.
- Graduates will have gained a better understanding of self and what it takes to counsel others.
- Graduates will have gained skills for effective worship, proclamation, pastoral ministry, administration, and leadership.
- Graduates will have integrated knowledge and experience through ministry practice.
- Graduates will have grown in Christlikeness.
The Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College is recognized by the Province of Alberta, and the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
The Seminary also offers the MDiv degree through SeminaryLink.com to students who are unable to relocate to the Cochrane campus. This program combines online course offerings in the fall and spring semesters with January and May/June intensive on-campus courses. Students can remain in their ministry settings and still complete the entire MDiv degree. The program is flexible enough so that a student can start at virtually anytime.
In each course, an on-line learning community is formed through discussion boards (threaded discussion), chat-rooms, collaborative online student group projects, weekly faculty monitoring of responses, the provision of online chapels with streamed audio, and orientations to help the students feel part of the CSBS family.
The yearly J-term (January and May/June) intensives will provide not only one-third of the MDiv degree but also make possible on-campus opportunities to meet with classmates face to face.
Online class and course packages are made up of weekly text-based curriculum materials enhanced by PowerPoint, audio and video streaming, and the use of electronic links such as the online library catalogue, periodical base, a Web Electronic Resources page listing biblical dictionaries, commentaries, free Bible software from Washburn Institute and other comparable biblical and theological educational resources. See the website for more details (SeminaryLink.com) or contact the registrar for upcoming courses (firstname.lastname@example.org).