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Introduction

Program Director: Dioi Cruz

The Master of Divinity is an internationally recognized degree for Pastoral Ministry. At AIIAS, this program accepts students coming from different educational/geographical backgrounds: those who hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than religion, those who already have an undergraduate background of ministerial studies, or those who already have a Master of Ministry degree or its equivalent.

The normal duration of the program is two years, plus any time needed to meet AIIAS English proficiency, prerequisites, or other requirements. This program is also available in an online modality but only to those without any prerequisites.

Outcomes and Competencies

Outcomes Competencies

Personal and Spiritual Formation

  • Demonstrates the ability to integrate personal faith and theological learning in the context of ministry
  • Demonstrates insight and self-knowledge on spiritual practice
  • Is able to teach, model, and inspire a life of faith that fosters a posture of reverence, gratitude and desire for truth
  • Is an example in justice (fairness), compassion (kindness), integrity (honesty) and service (humility)
Professional Knowledge
  • Understands biblical principles and is able to apply them to contemporary situations
  • Recognize and defend the unity and diversity of the Adventist church in consideration of its history, traditions, and distinctive teachings
  • Is to analyze contemporary theological issues from an Adventist perspective
Christian Commitment
  • Exercises effective leadership of the church within the context of its communities through teaching, worship, pastoral care and welfare ministries
  • Takes responsibility to lead and equip the church to progress by faith despite challenges
  • Is able to move people to participate in gospel ministry with motivation, enthusiasm, and passion

 

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 15 semester hours per regular semester and 9 semester hours in an intersemester. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on scholastic probation. Students placed on scholastic probation are limited to 12 semester hours per regular semester or 6 semester hours in the intersemester until the scholastic probation is lifted.

 

Directed Study

A Directed Study should only be taken in case of a scheduling conflict or to fulfill a special coursework need of the student. A maximum of 9 credits of Directed Study work may be taken. A student may not use the Directed Study option in place of a core requirement without specific ASAC approval. 

 

Admission Requirements

  1.  Hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).
  2.  Demonstrated English proficiency.

 

Prerequisites

Have at least 54 semester hours in religion at the undergraduate level.

 

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 72 semester hours of coursework specified in the program within a maximum of eight years excluding the time of completing the prerequisites
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of not less than 2.75 for graduation.

 

Credit by Transfer

The maximum credits by transfer and the challenge of courses through challenge exams may not exceed 18 semester hours. Master of Ministry and Master of Arts in Ministry degrees from AIIAS may transfer up to 36 credits into the MDiv program.

 

Curriculum

In order to complete the Master of Divinity program the following 72 semester hours must be completed.

 

Master of Divinity Curriculum
Applied Theology    30 units
Required Courses 15 units
CHMN 550 Field Evangelism (3 units)
CHMN 555 Applied Theology Colloquium I (1 unit)
CHMN 558 Church Ministry Practicum (1 unit)
CHMN 579 Ministry and Spiritual Life (3 units)
CHMN 655 Applied Theology Colloquium II (1 unit)
LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics (3 units)
MSSN 577 Growing Disciples and Mission (3 units)
Elective Courses 15 units
  One Church Ministry Course
  Two Mission Courses
  One Leadership and Management Course
  One CHMN/MSSN/LEAD Course
Biblical Studies    18 units
Required Courses 9 units
NTST 540 Greek Grammar (3 units)
OTST 540 Hebrew Grammar (3 units)
OTST/NTST 512 Biblical Hermeneutics (3 units)
Any One of the Following Courses: 3 units
NTST 560 Gospels (3 units)
NTST 570 The Book of Revelation (3 units)
Any One of the Following Courses: 3 units
OTST 560 Pentateuch (3 units)
OTST 570 The Book of Daniel (3 units)
Any Two Elective Courses Selected from: 6 units
OTST (3 units)
NTST (3 units)
Theological-Historical Studies    18 units
Required Courses 6 units
CHIS 570 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (3 units)
THST 531 Distinctive Doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (3 units)
Elective Courses 12 units
  One Church History Courses (3 units)
  Two Christian Theology/Christian Philosophy (9 units)
General Courses    6 units
  Advanced Methods of Teaching Bible (3 units)
One of the following 3 units 
GSEM 600 Applied Theology Research and Writing (3 units)
GSEM 630 Documentary Research and Writing (3 units)
TOTAL UNITS 72 units

 

Field Evangelism and Practicum Courses

The on-campus students do their practicum and Field Evangelism courses under a direct supervision of the professors. They are engaged in ministering to the local churches and practicing different aspects of ministry they have learned in the classroom. The online students do their practicum and Field Evangelism under the supervision of a Church entity with whom the Seminary and the Online Division make a specific arrangement and agreement. The details about implementation and evaluation of the courses are elaborated in the course outline. Based on the ministerial experience the requirements for the Practicum course may differ. 

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