M.Div. Academics

Faith Bible Seminary offers a traditional Master of Divinity degree with emphasis in pastoral studies. The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the traditional degree for professional training of those desiring ordained pastoral ministry. It is also the prerequisite for further theological studies in the Master of Theology programs (Th.M.) and Ph.D. programs of other seminaries.

The 86-hour M.Div. curriculum includes the following:

Biblical Interpretation: 5 credit hours
Biblical Counseling: 10 credit hours
Church History and the History of Christian Thought: 3 credit hours
Missions and Evangelism: 5 credit hours
New Testament: 22 credit hours
Old Testament: 19 credit hours
Practical Theology: 9 credit hours
Systematic Theology: 13 credit hours

Class Scheduling

Courses will be scheduled primarily on only one full day of the week. Some semesters may require two days per week. Approximately four or five one-week, modular courses will also be taken throughout each academic year. This type of schedule permits students to be on campus part-time and working at their home church part-time. The schedule will also permit churches within a commute’s drive to have students who commute to class and then return home for ministry.

The M.Div. program is only offered once every three years, in sequence, and there are no electives. As such, if students wish to graduate in 3 years, they must take each class as it is offered or receive credit for classes through advanced standing or transfer credit.

M.Div. Graduation Requirements
The following requirements must be completed to earn the M.Div. degree:
  1. Complete 86 credit hours required by the M.Div. program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. A maximum of 40 percent of course work may be completed through appropriate transfer credits that correspond to courses in the FBS established curriculum. A list of required courses is available in the catalog.
  2. Complete the required three-year internship experience (unless there has been a special exemption granted; see Special Situations on the Internship page).
  3. Consistently exemplify the character requirements outlined in 1 Tim. 3 that are essential to effective service in Christian ministry.