Master of Divinity (Ordination)

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Overview of the Master of Divinity Program at BTS

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program at Birmingham Theological Seminary is an extensive and thorough theological education designed for those aiming for pastoral ministry, missions, or further theological studies. This program thoroughly integrates biblical studies, systematic theology, historical theology, and practical ministry training, meeting the needs of a diverse range of ministry aspirations.

Program Adaptability and Overview
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: The M.Div. at BTS is structured to meet the Uniform Curriculum requirements of the Presbyterian Church in America (P.C.A.) and can be adapted for ordination in various denominations.
  • Extensive Biblical Studies: In-depth study in both the Old and New Testaments, including language studies in Hebrew and Greek.
  • Systematic Theology: A wide range of courses covering key Christian doctrines.
  • Historical Theology: Courses that provide a thorough understanding of church history.
  • Practical Theology: Focus on preaching, education, church administration, and family ministry.
  • Biblical Counseling and Public Theology: Courses in apologetics, missions, and evangelism to prepare students for diverse ministry contexts.
  • Mentoring Program: A one-year embedded mentoring program with alternative learning assessments for practical ministry training.
Key Features of the Program
  • Comprehensive Scope: Totaling 102 credit hours to ensure a complete theological education.
  • Language Study: Emphasis on original biblical languages for deeper scriptural exegesis.
  • Customizable Electives: Diverse elective options to tailor the program to individual interests and ministry goals.
  • Distance Education Availability: Full accessibility via distance education, without a residential requirement.
Ideal Candidates for the Program
  • Aspiring Pastors and Missionaries: Those seeking ordination or pastoral roles, as well as individuals interested in missions or church planting.
  • Students Seeking Comprehensive Theological Foundation: Ideal for those pursuing in-depth theological knowledge for academic or ministry purposes.
  • Non-Ordination Option: BTS also offers a non-ordainable version of this degree for gender parity.

The Master of Divinity program at BTS is more than an academic course; it's a transformative journey, equipping students for effective ministry and leadership in various contexts, deeply rooted in scriptural understanding and Christian doctrine.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.