Dec 02, 2023  

Master of Divinity, Track 2 MDiv

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MDiv Track 2 program is for students who do not have a Bachelors degree in Theology.  Students who have completed a BA in Theology will need to complete the Track 1 program.

MDiv General Infomation

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Total Credits: 107

Placement Examinations (Optional)

Biblical Literacy Examination - 80% - August
Beginning Greek Examination - 60%
Intermediate Greek Examination - 70%
Hebrew I Examination - 45%
Hebrew II Examination - 65%
Adventist Heritage Examination - 75%

Interdisciplinary Courses: 15 Credits

All students who do not pass or who opt not to take the Biblical Literacy Entrance Exam, must take GSEM525 - The Bible and Biblical History their first semester in the MDiv program.

Christian Ministry: 26 Credits

Discipleship and Religious Education - 8 Credits

New Testament: 15 Credits

Before registering for New Testament courses, check the course description for Greek Language and/or other course prerequisites. 

Old Testament: 15 Credits

Before registering for Old Testament courses, check the course description for Hebrew Language and/or other course prerequisites.

Theology: 10 Credits

MDiv Emphases Options

Students enrolled in the MDiv program may choose from a number of 12-credit emphases.  More specific details may be obtained from each department regarding these areas of emphasis. 

Choosing an emphasis may prolong the length of a student’s  program.  Please consider the possibility of adding a semester to your MDiv program when attempting to complete an emphasis.  Regular master’s tuition is charged for courses taken after an MDiv student has completed their program coursework.   

Christian Ministry Old Testament
African American Ministry  Old Testament 
Chapliancy  Archaeology & History of Antiquity 
Church Growth and Evangelsim  Jewish Studies 
Church Leadership  Biblical and Cognate Languages 
Pastoral Care  (Ancient Near Eastern)
Church History Theology and Christian Philosophy
Church History  Christian Ethics 
Adventist Studies  Historical Theology 
Church and State  Systematic Theology 
Discipleship and Religious Education World Missions
Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality  Missions Studies 
Family Life Education  Social Work 
New Testament Health
Exegesis and Theology  Health Promotion and Education 
Backgrounds and Languages   


Thesis Option

Students anticipating academic doctoral studies after the completion of their MDiv program are advised to undertake the thesis option as some academic institutions require a master’s- level thesis for entry into doctoral programs. Students undertaking the thesis option should plan to take more than seven semesters to complete the program.

The thesis counts as 8 of the general elective credits allowed for the MDiv degree. Students should register for 2 or more thesis credits per term for at least two semesters. Therefore, initial registration for a thesis must be no later than two semesters prior to graduation. Students electing to write an MDiv thesis must apply to the director of the program and must (1) demonstrate superior scholarship over a minimum of two consecutive semesters, normally with a GPA of 3.50 or above; (2) take Research Methods before the thesis is started; and (3) submit a paper of superior quality before permission is granted by the director to begin writing the thesis. The student is guided in thesis preparation by a three-member committee appointed by the director in consultation with the student and department chair in which the subject of the thesis is chosen. The chair of this committee serves as the thesis adviser.

The format of the thesis must conform strictly to the Andrews University Standards for Written Work. Students are strongly urged to consult the dissertation secretary before formatting and printing a thesis.

At least six weeks before graduation, the committee-approved draft of the thesis should be submitted to the dissertation secretary. After appropriate changes have been made, the corrected copy should be submitted at least four weeks before graduation to the dissertation secretary for approval. Copying on non-acid paper should be completed at least two weeks before graduation. Three copies of the thesis, including a 150-word abstract and an approval sheet, must be submitted to the dissertation secretary. The abstract should contain a short statement of the problem examined, a brief exposition of methods and procedures, and a condensed summary of the findings.

Students obtain a Thesis Completion Form from the dissertation secretary. They must take the form to the Academic Records Office no later than noon on Friday, a week preceding graduation. A fee is charged by the university for binding the three copies of the thesis, two of which are deposited in the library and one in the department in which the student earns the degree.

Students who do not adhere strictly to the deadlines noted above will have their graduation postponed. Thesis candidates must pass an oral examination no later than two weeks before graduation. The candidate is expected to demonstrate mastery of the thesis topic.

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