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Course Requirements

The Master of Divinity program requires 90 units of coursework comprising 20 units of biblical studies, 20 units of theology and ethics, 20 units of ministry studies, 10 units in the professional block, 4 units of a biblical language (which may by waived for students who have completed a year of undergraduate Hebrew or Greek), and 16–20 units of electives.

The Masters of Divinity program is available with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.

Biblical Language Requirement4 units
Students who have completed one year of undergraduate Hebrew or Greek with a grade of B or better may waive this requirement. The requirement may be filled with either 1, 1 and 1, or 1 and 1.
Biblical Studies Core Courses20 units
GBBL 511
Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
GBBL 512
The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
GBBL 521
People of God
GBBL 531
Kingdom of God*
GBBL 532
Paul the Apostle and Theologian
Theology and Ethics Core Courses20 units
GTHE 504
God, Creation, and Humanity
GTHE 513
History of the Modern Church
GTHE 514
Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church
GTHE 615
Church and Society
GTHE 503
History of the Early and Medieval Church
- or -
GTHE 505
Christian Ethics
Ministry Core Courses20 units
GMIN 507
Preaching and Worship
GMIN 516
Dynamics of Christian Formation
GMIN 518
Pastoral Servant Leadership
GMIN 547
Foundations for Ministry Life
GMIN 548
Pastoral Counseling
Professional Block Field Education6 units
GMIN 569
Field Education in Ministry**
Philosophy of Ministry Requirement4 units
GMIN 618
Philosophy of Ministry***
Electives16–20 units
If a student takes GBBL 500, only 16 elective units are required.
APU graduate courses outside Azusa Pacific Seminary are allowed as electives for the M.Div. program, provided they can be demonstrated by petition to the appropriate chair and the associate dean to apply to the preparation for pastoral ministry. Courses approved for elective credit must be graduate level and the content must substantially promote the student’s achievement of one or more of the goals of the M.Div. program.

*Students may substitute GBBL 631 by petition to the department chair.
**Repeated for total of six units
***An oral exam is taken in GMIN 618.

Total for the M.Div.90 units

Advanced Standing

Transfer Units

A student may petition to transfer in up to 60 units for the M.Div., less any Advanced Standing units (e.g., 38 units transfer and 22 units Advanced Standing, or any other combination totaling 60 units), up to 40 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and up to 32 units for the MAYM, less any Advanced Standing units, from other regionally or ATS-accredited graduate degree programs. Units transferred are limited to one half of an earned master’s degree. A minimum of 30 units for the M.Div., 22 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and 16 units for the MAYM must be completed at Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Additional Degree Requirements

Supervised Ministry

All students in the Master of Divinity program must devote at least 12 hours per week, for the duration of the degree program, to the practice of some form of supervised ministry in an approved church or parachurch field ministry center.

In order to graduate, a student must maintain a 2.7 grade-point average and pass an oral exam during the final semester of study in conjunction with the Philosophy of Ministry requirement.

Time Limit

The Master of Divinity must be completed within 10 years from the date of admission. APU coursework completed more than 10 years prior to completion of degree requirements is not acceptable toward the degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each quarter/semester?
While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 9 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How long is a semester?
Semesters generally run for 15 weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Both once a week classes, which last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice a week classes, which run for 2 hours each, are available.

How many students will there be in my classes?
Most classes will average 15–18 students.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.