The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Hudson Taylor University is a foundational professional degree program for various forms of ministries and missions. It aims to prepare those called to Bible ministry with theological insights, spirituality, professional skills, social responsibilities and exemplary leadership models that are required of the intercultural and multi-religious ministry/mission setting.
Graduates of HTU’s MDiv program will
Students are required to complete 90 credit hours for this program. The MDiv program can be completed in three years (six semesters) of full-time study. It must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.
The curriculum of the Master of Divinity program provides a balanced focus on traditional and interrelated disciplines (Biblical Studies, Church History and Theology, Practical Theology and Christian Ministry, Christian Education and Leadership, and Inter-Cultural Studies and Missions). Thus MDiv students will receive broad preparation for and comprehensive understanding of effective Christian ministry in a variety of settings. Students seeking ordination are required to have an established working relationship with the appropriate ecclesiastical body in order to be certified as ministerial candidates, or they should go through the process through the responsible governing bodies of their denominations. They should also plan to meet ordination requirements as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, and others) according to the policy of their denomination.
General standards for admission to the School of Divinity at Hudson Taylor University may be found in the section of admission policies and procedures in the Hudson Taylor catalog. To be admitted to the MDiv program, students must meet the standards for a graduate program. As an essential part of the admission process, an applicant must furnish a letter of endorsement from a pastor of one’s home church. In addition, the candidate must submit two additional letters of reference from persons in a position to assess his or her qualifications for the MDiv program. Applicants must also pass an exam on Bible content either before admission or later by taking it again before graduation before their graduation will be approved.
Ministry Formation practicum courses are designed for the student to have an opportunity to hone ministry skills in his or her area of specific interest and to build a ministerial leadership. Students are required to complete three credits of Ministry Formation courses to increase their self-awareness, skill sets, a life of leadership and service, and competence based on a healthy theological self-identity. See “Christian Service Program,” elsewhere in this Catalog for details.
MDiv students may elect to enroll in MA700 and write a thesis or to complete a project as part of the MDiv General Elective program segment. MA700 is a 3-credit-hour course, in which students select a topic in consultation with their advisor and then compose a thesis or project, which demonstrates skill in research, exposition, and interpretation. The thesis or project presents the results of graduate-level research in a publishable form. The thesis is presented in a traditional written format, while the project may include non-written, performance, or other nontraditional formats. Both thesis and project must demonstrate graduate-level abilities to conduct research with skill in investigation, assessment, and expression. Guidelines for MA700 Thesis/Project are available upon request. MDiv students are required to enroll in PT701-PT703 Ministry Formation; in PT790 Senior Integrative Seminar; and in Institutional
Requirement (Chapel), as below:
Students must serve in at least four of the ten approved ministry areas over the period of their entire enrollment.
2. PT790 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 credits)
Students must enroll in this course during the final semester of their enrollment. This course includes the last part of the practical ministry component.
3. IR501-IR506 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)
Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.
Complete details of program credit requirements, including suggested course sequencing, may be found in the Catalog.