Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
For nearly 65 years, Talbot s Master of Divinity program has been equipping servant leaders to make disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ to lead the church.
Talbot graduates report that they are highly satisfied with their ability to think theologically, their knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics, ability to use and interpret Scripture, to teach well and give spiritual direction. They also strongly agree that their faith became stronger while at Talbot, that faculty were supportive and understanding and that they are able to integrate theology and ministry.
At Talbot, you will join a community of scholar-practitioners who are committed to the Bible, your spiritual growth and to preparing you for a lifetime of service in a variety of settings as you receive a first-rate theological education with our flexible degree program. Choose from various course formats (on campus, online or hybrid) that will allow you to move quickly and conveniently through your program.
As a result of the Master of Divinity program, the student will:
- Behave Christianly by valuing and pursuing Christian character. Master of Divinity students will learn an accurate knowledge of self in light of the knowledge of God and will apply course material to their lives.
- Demonstrate and be committed to an accurate exposition of the Word of God. Master of Divinity students will learn pertinent background information for Bible books, the evangelical principles of literary interpretation of the Word of God, and exegetical skills for the exposition of biblical texts from the original languages.
- Comprehend historical theology. Master of Divinity students will be cognizant of and value the historical development of doctrine and the significance of this history for the contemporary situation.
- Comprehend the doctrines typically categorized in systematic theology and assess, prefer, and trust the doctrinal statement of Talbot School of Theology. Master of Divinity students will learn and recall the essential doctrines of our faith community, write theological papers using the inductive method of theological study, critique theological writing, and apply abstract theological concepts to concrete situations.
- Value and prefer expository preaching. Master of Divinity students will learn to apply the biblical author s intended purpose of a Bible passage in a manner relevant to the lives of their hearers.
- Write a graduate level research paper that is well organized, well supported, uses appropriate sources, and adheres to appropriate form and style guidelines.
- Counsel pastorally. Master of Divinity students will learn basic relationship skills, counseling skills, ethical guidelines in pastoral counseling, and develop a plan for referring some counselees.
- All applicants must hold the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average.
Those not meeting this latter requirement, if accepted, will be placed on probation.
- Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, though exceptions may be made when the grade point average is 3.0 or higher. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take additional liberal arts course work (not applicable toward the graduate degree) if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.
- Students who have not had Greek but wish to take it in seminary may take Beginning Greek at Talbot (NT 501, 502) and receive elective credit applicable toward the graduation requirement.
Please note additional requirements for the Spiritual Formation emphasis.
Satisfactorily complete the courses as outlined in the curriculum chart.
Complete the requirements in one of the concentrations.
Submit an acceptable thesis (four units) chosen in consultation with the major advisor or, at the option of the major advisor and in lieu of the thesis, complete six units of electives. Students who write theses will have a total requirement of 79 units, and those who take six units of electives in lieu of a thesis will have a total requirement of 79 units. Five unbound copies of the thesis are to be submitted to the librarian.
At least 50% of the total units required for the degree program must be completed at this seminary, calculated prior to applying any advanced standing/reduction or transfer credit.
The M.Div. program can be completed in three years, although a more typical rate of progress will allow the program to be completed in four years. For those who need to extend the program, a five-year curriculum for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral General Ministries Concentration is available.
Two biblical languages are required: Greek and Hebrew. Either may be taken first.
TTNT 503, TTNT 604 and TTNT 605 required beyond beginning Greek. A qualifying examination is available to all interested students. Those who pass the examination may enroll directly in TTNT 503; others must take TTNT 501 and TTNT 502 (two units each) as prerequisites to TTNT 503.
TTOT 603, TTOT 604 and TTOT 705 are required. A qualifying examination is available to interested students. Those who pass the examination may take TTOT 604 plus 3-4 units of Hebrew electives instead of TTOT 603.
Thesis Course Sequence
If a student elects to write a thesis, the courses Thesis First Draft and Thesis Final Draft will be taken. Neither is applicable toward graduation unless both have been completed. Some preliminary steps must be completed by the end of the semester prior to taking Thesis First Draft.