Graduate Diploma in Ministry

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Program Duration: 

Designed to be completed in 3 years

  • Agreement with our Affirmation of Faith
  • Student must be over the age of 35
  • Have endorsement of his/her denomination or ecclesiastical body
Pastoral Studies
Christian Worldview
Church and Culture
Biblical Studies: General, OT, or NT
Christian Thought and History
Specialized Studies
Program Description: 
Foundations in Biblical Studies I 3
Foundations in Biblical Studies II 3
Biblical Languages 12
Option One – Practical Languages  
Option Two – Pastoral Languages  
Option Three – Advanced Languages  
Total Required: 18
Foundations in Theology and History I 3
Foundations in Theology and History II 3
Total Required: 6
Foundations for Effective Ministry I and Ministry Formation Seminar 9
Foundations for Effective Ministry II and Ministry Formation Seminar 9
Foundations for Effective Ministry III and Ministry Formation Seminar 9
Spiritual Formation Retreat P/F
Total Required: 27
Specializations (6 courses) 18
Pastoral Studies   
Christian Worldview  
Church and Culture   
Pastoral Care and Counseling  
Biblical Studies: General, OT, or NT    
Christian Thought and History  
Interdisciplinary Studies  
Free Electives 12
Free electives (2) or Thesis Option (25,000 words)  6
Total Required: 18
Program Total  81

Ministry Formation
The goal of Ministry Formation is to offer McMaster Divinity College students an opportunity for ministry experience, integration of class room learning with ministry practice, and reflection on personal and theological issues as they pertain to their own development as ministering persons.  The program seeks to be highly intentional in its process and outcomes so as to maximize the student's development for future ministry.  By emphasizing the central development tenets of "Knowing, Being, Doing," the Ministry Formation program seeks to be integrated with the rest of the College's curriculum, and is intentional in its desire to be an effective program for the formation of current and future ministers in the Church.  Ministry Formation is a required course in all three years of the M.Div. program.