United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Presbyterian Studies

If you are a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), this Master of Divinity program will prepare you, in collaboration with your Committee on Preparation for Ministry, for pastoral leadership and ordination as a Teaching Elder.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue ordained ministry as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), including, but not limited to, such roles as:

  • Pastor of a local congregation
  • Chaplain in a hospital or other professional setting (with the addition of chaplaincy certification)
  • Validated minister in an educational institution
  • PC(USA) denominational work at a local, regional, national or international level

 

United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • Final thesis or project not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most concentrations, including Presbyterian Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

LEARNING OUTCOME

NUMBER OF COURSES

COURSES

Formation

2

Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation

Organizational Leadership and Administration

Religious Texts

4

Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation

Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation

New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation

New Testament 2: Four Gospels

Theological Tradition

4

Religious and Theological Interpretation

History of Christian Theologies

Classics of Protestant Reformed Theology

Constructive Theology

Ethics/Justice

2

Christian Ethics

Choose one:

  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Theology for Social Transformation

Cultural Contextualization

1

Choose one:

  • World Religions
  • Global Christianities

Arts and Theology

1

Choose one:

  • History of Arts and Theology
  • Theological Interpretation of the Arts

Social Transformation

1

Leadership and Strategies for Social Change

Integration

1

Capstone Seminar

CORE SUBTOTAL

16

 

Vocational Contextualization & Skills*

8

Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Preaching and Your Public Voice

Faith Formation

Worship of the Church

Access to Biblical Hebrew

New Testament Greek

Presbyterian History, Worship and Polity

Church Internship

CONCENTRATION SUBTOTAL

8

 

DEGREE TOTAL

24

 

* Recommended by Denomination: CPE Ministry Practicum.

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