Master of Divinity

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Program Type: 
Professional Degree
Program Duration: 

Designed to be completed in 3 years

  • Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum B- average
Pastoral Studies
Christian Worldview
Church and Culture
Counselling and Spiritual Care
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 Reflection Seminar 9
Foundations for Effective Ministry II and Ministry Reflection Seminar 9
Foundations for Effective Ministry III and Ministry Reflection 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 (4) 12
or Free electives (2) and Thesis Option (25,000 words)  12
Total Required: 12
Program Total  81

Thesis Option
There is also the option of doing a thesis as part of this degree.  Students who demonstrate sufficient academic success (at least a B+ or higher in the subject area and a GPA of at least B+) are encouraged to consider the thesis option.  The thesis allows students to pursue their own research, while working with an academic mentor on the faculty. Those who intend to go on for further academic training are strongly encouraged to pursue the thesis option.  (6 units)

Ministry Formation (Ministry Reflection Seminar + weekly practicum)
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 MDiv program.