The Master of Divinity program is designed primarily for persons wishing to prepare themselves for the ordained ministry. This program seeks to integrate a classical Reformed theological curriculum with ministry skills. The curriculum of the M. Div. program aims at competency in biblical languages, biblical exegesis, and historical and theological perspective.
The program requires the successful completion of 144 units (129 required and 15 elective units), which is normally completed in three academic years if followed on a full-time basis.
A student seeking admission to the M. Div. program should do so in obedient response to God’s call to ministry through His Word and Spirit. Christ gives gifts to His Church, and the New Testament teaches that all believers are so endowed (1 Peter 4:10). Nevertheless, among believers there are found some with gifts which single them out for ordination as ministers of the Word. An applicant’s call, therefore, must include a personal inner conviction created in the heart, mind, and conscience by God’s Spirit, and also a communal endorsement through a body of believers who can testify to the gifts for ministry possessed by an applicant. The central task of International Theological Seminary is the nurturing of those gifts for ministry which the student possesses.
In order to evaluate the personal qualifications of each applicant, the seminary requires:
- An autobiography by the applicant including an indication of love for and commitment to Christ and His church, a statement of personal faith, a statement of understanding and sense of calling to the Christian ministry, a summary of ministry experience, and an assessment of personal qualifications and gifts for ministry.
- A recommendation by the church concerning the applicant’s personal qualifications, demonstrated gifts and genuine potential for ministry.
- Three references using the forms provided in the application package.
In order to apply to the M. Div. program, applicants must have earned a regular bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants who have graduated from an unaccredited college will be considered on an individual basis.