Master of Divinity

Available Fall 2013

The Master of Divinity is the standard professional degree for individuals entering Christian ministry. For a variety of reasons, however, many individuals find themselves actively engaged in ministry and unable to relocate to a school providing the M.Div. The School of Religion and Philosophy offers a Master of Divinity program that can be completed fully online or through a combination of face to face classes at one of Wayland’s many campuses.

The program prepares the student for effective ministry in the twenty-first century, whether serving in the church, on the mission field, in a denominational institution, or through a parachurch organization. The program seeks to prepare the entire person for service in the kingdom of God, by connecting the intellectual disciplines with practical training and spiritual development.

Goals

The School of Religion and Philosophy strives for the following competencies
in graduates of the Master of Divinity:
1. Students will demonstrate an internalization of Christian spirituality and the purpose and practice of spiritual disciplines that enable the Christian to increasingly conform to the Image of Christ.
2. Students will demonstrate competence in the use of sound methods to analyze and interpret biblical material in order to apply and communicate the message in contemporary, contextualized settings.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze critically and articulate clearly their own personal faith and the practice of their local congregation within the context of historic and global Christian beliefs and practices, particularly the Baptist tradition.
4. Students will demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast the biblical worldview with competing historical and contemporary worldviews in order to communicate the gospel and enact its redemptive message effectively and persuasively within contemporary, contextualized settings.
5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of their personal call as servant leaders, guiding the local body of Christ to discern and join God in his work of building the kingdom.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Divinity must have the following:
1. Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
2. 2.0 or better GPA on all undergraduate and graduate hours earned at the time of application.
3. Letter of endorsement from a Christian congregation in which the applicant is actively involved.
4. One academic and one personal letter of recommendation.

Transfer Credit

Students in the Master of Divinity program may transfer up to one-half the degree from other institutions. Students with a completed master’s degree from another institution may transfer up to one-half of the degree. Students with a completed master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University may transfer the entire degree. To transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of C or higher in the course(s). To attempt transfer from other institutions, a student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered, and may also be required to submit a catalog description and course syllabus from the institution where the course was taken. Courses applied to the Master of Divinity degree, whether transferred into the program or taken at Wayland Baptist University will not be limited by the seven-year time limit applied to other degree programs. All transfer credit must be approved by the dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy.

Advanced Standing

Applicants to the Master of Divinity program who have a bachelor’s degree in religion, religious education, or other field within Christian ministry may be granted advanced standing for one or more portions of the core. Advanced standing is defined as a waiver to take advanced coursework in lieu of introductory coursework. For example, a student with upper level baccalaureate work in Old Testament may be allowed to take two Old Testament electives in lieu of Old Testament Foundations I and II. Advanced coursework would be in the same field as the introductory course. Any request for transcript evaluation must be made in writing to the dean of the school.

Biblical Language Track – 86 hours

Core Classes - 77 hours

Orientation and Spiritual Formation - 11 hours
  *RLGN/RLED 5354 Spiritual Disciplines and Christian Spirituality
RLGN/RLED 5111-12 Practice of the Inward Spiritual Disciplines
RLGN/RLED 5113-14 Practice of the Outward Spiritual Disciplines
RLGN/RLED 5115-16 Practice of the Corporate Spiritual Disciplines
~RLGN/RLED 5161-62 Spiritual Development Mentoring Practicum
#RLGN 0001 Writing Lab
Biblical Foundations - 27 hours
  HEBR 5301 Biblical Hebrew I
HEBR 5302 Biblical Hebrew II
**GREK 5301 Biblical Greek I
**GREK 5302 Biblical Greek II
RLGN/PHIL 5314 Biblical Interpretation
RLGN 5350 Old Testament Foundations I
RLGN 5351 Old Testament Foundations II
RLGN 5352 New Testament Foundations I
RLGN 5353 New Testament Foundations II
Faith Heritage - 9 hours
  RLGN 5346 Christian Theology
RLGN 5325 Historical Theology
one of the following:
RLGN 5307 Church History
RLGN 5330 Baptist History
Cultural and Philosophical Understanding - 9 hours
  PHIL/RLGN 5323 Basic Christian Ethics
PHIL/RLGN 5303 Philosophy of Religion
One of the following
PHIL/RLGN 5310 World Religions
RLGN 5311 New Religious Movements
Ministry and Missional Engagement - 21 hours
  RLGN/RLED 5308 Evangelism
RLGN 5319 Preaching
RLGN 5327 Christian Worship
RLGN/RLED 5355 Principles of Pastoral Counseling
RLED 5302 Church Administration
RLGN/RLED 5312 Contemporary Christian Missions
RLGN/RLED 5360 Practicum
Electives - 9 hours


Non-Language Track – 80 hours

Core Classes - 68 hours

Orientation and Spiritual Formation - 11 hours
  *RLGN/RLED 5354 Spiritual Disciplines and Christian Spirituality
RLGN/RLED 5101-02 Practice of the Inward Spiritual Disciplines
RLGN/RLED 5103-04 Practice of the Outward Spiritual Disciplines
RLGN/RLED 5105-06 Practice of the Corporate Spiritual Disciplines
RLGN/RLED 5161-62 Spiritual Development Mentoring Practicum
#RLGN 0001 Writing Lab
Biblical Foundations - 18 hours non-language track
  RLGN/PHIL 5314 Biblical Interpretation
RLGN 5350 Old Testament Foundations I
RLGN 5351 Old Testament Foundations II
RLGN 5352 New Testament Foundations I
RLGN 5353 New Testament Foundations II
RLGN 5356 Application of Tools and Techniques in Biblical Exegesis
Faith Heritage - 9 hours
  RLGN 5346 Christian Theology
RLGN 5325 Historical Theology
one of the following:
RLGN 5307 Church History
RLGN 5330 Baptist History
Cultural and Philosophical Understanding - 9 hours
  PHIL/RLGN 5323 Basic Christian Ethics
PHIL/RLGN 5303 Philosophy of Religion
One of the following
PHIL/RLGN 5310 World Religions
RLGN 5311 New Religious Movements
Ministry and Missional Engagement - 21 hours
 
RLGN/RLED 5308 Evangelism
RLGN 5319 Preaching
RLGN 5327 Christian Worship
RLGN/RLED 5355 Principles of Pastoral Counseling
RLED 5302 Church Administration
RLGN/RLED 5312 Contemporary Christian Missions
RLGN/RLED 5360 Practicum

Electives - 12 hours
~Students who have received credit in RLGN 5111-16 and have completed more than half of the hours necessary
for the M.Div. degree will lead a spiritual development mentorship group at least two terms and receive credit from
their faculty supervisor
* Taken in the first term of enrollment
**Biblical languages track requires leveling of GREK 1301-02 or equivalent
#Concurrent with first class that requires a research paper and not a project
   


Dr. J.M Givensjgivens@wbu.edu
806-291-1166