Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv) at New York Theological Seminary seeks to prepare students for religious leadership in urban contexts, whether full or part-time, ordained or lay. The MDiv is the standard degree required by major denominations for professional ministry in the United States and Canada. Our program is designed to train future church leaders to the broad range of theological disciplines, including Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and Tradition, and the Arts of Ministry. In all these areas, we integrate theory with practice, reflection with action, and take our urban context seriously. In the final years of study students receive a field placement where they serve in supervised ministry to put their education into practice. Students choose the location for these placements so that their experience matches their calling.

Our program will not only provide students with the head knowledge necessary to preach and to teach, but also to counsel and comfort in faithfulness and love. The challenges pastors face in modern times are complex and unprecedented. NYTS faculty and staff are trained at the best institutions and together have decades of experience in ministry. An MDiv degree from NYTS will prepare you to effective lead and care for a congregation in urban churches and communities.

Classes for the MDiv program are offered in the evening and weekends when it is accessible to bi-vocational students who have full-time jobs. The MDiv curriculum at NYTS is intentionally designed to be completed over a four-year period, though it is possible to finish sooner. Under the guidance of an experienced and diverse faculty of women and men, students are invited to synthesize life experience with academic learning to gain and enhance skills relevant to the communities they are called to love and serve. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on congregational life and ministry because the Seminary exists to serve the Church. Churches are partners in the educational venture of every student at NYTS. Graduates of the MDiv program serve in ministries throughout the greater New York area and beyond. They are pastors, chaplains, teachers, civil servants, missionaries, and religious leaders working in different ministries towards the same goal.

 


Master of Divinity Degree Requirements
Number
Title Credits
Area I: Biblical Studies
BBH100 Bible I: Introduction to First Testament 4
BBN101 Bible II: Exegesis Practicum 2
BBN100 Bible III: Introduction to Second Testament 4
One additional Bible elective (at least 3 credits) 3
Total Credits 13
Area II: Christian Thought and Tradition
TTU101 Introduction to Theology 4
HHU100 Church History I: (to 1453 CE) 4
HHU101 Church History II (1453 to 2000) 4
EEU101 Introduction to Christian Ethics 4
SSU100 Church and Community Analysis 4
Total Credits 20
Area III: Mission and Ministry Studies
MMU101 Critical Interpretation 4
MMU102 Foundations of Ministry 4
MMU111/12 Supervised Ministry I/II (2 fall/ 2 spring) 4
MMU113/14 Supervised Ministry III/IV (2 fall/ 2 spring) 4
One additional elective in Preaching (at least 3 credits) 3
Total Credits 19
Cross-Area Courses
BTM100 Introduction to Theological Education 2
BTM500 Practice of Prophetic Ministry 4
BTM501 Credo 2
Total Credits 8
Total required credits 60
Free electives 30
Total credits for MDiv degree 90

 

Master Of Divinity Curriculum Design
All Year Fall Winterim Spring Summer

Year A Introduction to Theological Education
(2)
First Testament
(4)


Critical Interpretation
(4)

Exegesis Practicum
(2)
Second Testament
(4)


Foundations of Ministry
(4)

Electives
June (2/3)


July (3)


August (3)


Year B Introduction to Theology
(4)


Church History I
(4)

Elective
(2)
Christian Ethics
(4)


Church History II
(4)

Electives
June (2/3)


July (3)


August (3)


Year C Supervised Ministry I & II
(2 & 2)
Elective
(4)


Elective
(4)

Elective
(2)
Church & Community Analysis
(4)


Elective
(4)

Electives
June (2/3)


July (3)


August (3)


Year D Supervised Ministry III & IV
(2 & 2)
Practice of Prophetic Ministry
(4)


Elective
(4)

Elective
(2)
Credo
(2)


Elective
(4)


Elective
(4)

Suggested schedule of classes for completing the degree in 4 years
90 credits needed to graduate

 

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