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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Divinity, MDiv

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Mission Statement

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the standard degree in American theological education. The M.Div. provides a solid foundation for ministry service by leading students through a wide range of disciplines, including Biblical studies, theology, history, philosophy, pastoral ministry, preaching, evangelism and more. The degree program will be appropriate for a variety of persons, including recent college graduates entering ministry and those already in ministry who are ready for advanced study.

Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry Personnel

Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean, College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School,
Dr. Kristopher K. Barnett, Associate Dean, Clamp Divinity School and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
Dr. Bryan Cribb, Associate Professor of Christian Studies
Dr. Channing Crisler, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Dr. Charles W. Fuller, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Dr. Tim McKnight, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Dr. Ryan Neal, Associate Professor of Christian Studies
Ms. Kelli Strickland, Administrative Assistant

Program Overview

The Master of Divinity is a 75-hour degree program which is off ered via multiple delivery modes, including classroom and online options. Both classroom and online classes allow students to select between traditional 15-week semesters and accelerated 8-week terms. Students can also select courses during a four-week May Term, and two one-week Intensive courses offered in the summer.

Master of Divinity Degree Requirements

In order to be awarded the Master of Divinity degree, the student must successfully complete the 75-hour curriculum of courses.

Classroom and online courses are off ered in traditional 15-week and accelerated 8-week terms in the fall and spring semesters. A four-week May term is off ered in a hybrid format, with the course meeting one night per week (Tuesday or Thursday) and the balance of content delivered online. Two Intensive courses are off ered during the summer, with classes meeting Monday through Friday from 9 am until noon, and 1 pm until 5. Evening classroom courses for the Anderson campus will meet one evening per week from 6:00 until 10:00 pm. Online courses will meet interactively online one evening per week from 7:00 until 8:00 pm. (All times are Eastern. Students unable to participate live in the weekly class sessions may seek permission to substitute viewing of archived class sessions.) In addition, online students will receive a major portion of course content via video recordings (primarily streaming video), to be viewed prior to each week’s class session.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation. One of the recommendation letters must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where the applicant is currently a member; if the applicant is the pastor, then the letter may come from another leader within the church.
  • Submit statement of faith and description of church involvement
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer) or 75 (internet) if English is not the student’s first language, and proof of current Visa for International students

If graduates of Anderson University’s Master of Ministry program enroll in the Master of Divinity degree program, they will be admitted with advanced standing. The 27 hours of overlapping course hours between the two degrees will be applied to the MDiv transcript, leaving 48 hours to complete.

Provisional admission

Prerequisite to admission to the Master of Divinity program is a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. A limited number of applicants who have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is not regionally-accredited may be accepted on a provisional basis; in order to be considered for provisional admission, such applicants must submit an appropriate score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), along with other admission requirements. The Divinity School Admissions Committee will consider such applications on an individual basis, and may establish certain conditions which the student must achieve in order to have the provisional status removed. Applicants with a college cumulative grade point average below 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may be accepted provisionally on an individual basis.

In order to eventually earn “Full Status” admission, the degree-seeking “Provisional Student” must meet any special conditions attached to his/her admission by the Dean of the College of Christian Studies; no later than upon the completion of 15 credit hours of graduate work. The Divinity School Admissions Committee may grant “Full Status” admission to a “Provisional Student” when he/she satisfactorily completes prescribed conditions. (The student’s grades and participation in the program courses will factor strongly in the Committee’s decision.)

Non-degree Seeking Students

A limited number of students who do not have the prerequisites for regular admission may be admitted on a non-degree basis, in order to take courses in the Master of Divinity program without applying those toward a degree. Such applicants must fulfill all steps in the regular application process, while indicating on the application that they are seeking non-degree status. Non-degree students who complete all requirements of the Master of Divinity program will receive a Certificate in Ministry reflecting their completion of the program curriculum, but they will not receive a Master of Divinity or any other degree.

Visitors - A limited number of students may apply to attend individual courses in a Visitor status. Students will not receive academic credit or certification of any kind, and will not participate in graded activities.

Advanced Standing

Students who major in Christian Studies within Anderson’s College of Christian Studies will a have the option of applying to enter the MDiv track in their junior and/or senior years, based on an overall GPA of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from their church.

As an undergraduate, the student will be eligible to take up to 30 graduate hours in courses that may later be applied toward the Master of Divinity degree. Upon graduation with the baccalaureate degree, the student may enter the Master of Divinity degree program with advanced standing, receiving up to 30 hours of credit for those graduate courses done while an undergraduate Christian Studies major. For more information contact the Dean of the College of Christian Studies or the Director of the Master of Divinity program.

Transfer of Credits

Anderson University recognizes appropriate course work completed at other seminaries, universities and colleges that have been accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S. (Acceptance of credit from a non-regionally accredited institution will be made on a case by case basis, depending on the institution.) Transfer courses must be appropriate for the degree program, and have commensurate academic content and expectations to the course being substituted, with a grade of “B” or higher. Transfer hours are posted on the official transcript as credit earned with no grade. The maximum amount of transfer credit for the Master of Divinity degree is 24 hours.

Courses of Study

A student will be required to complete 75 hours of course work; of these, up to 24 hours may be transferred into the graduate program. No course below the 500 level will be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Courses rotate on a regular sequence. The maximum time for completing the graduate program is nine (9) years.

Master of Divinity Academic Calendar

See applicable calendars here .

Additional Dates to Note:

September 6, 2016: Fall test period for MDIV students seeking credit by exam

December 9, 2016: Application deadline for Spring credit by exam

January 30, 2017: Spring test period for MDIV students seeking credit by exam

March 31, 2017: Application deadline for students seeking MDIV Fast Track status

Degree Requirements (75 Cr. Hrs.)

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