Ministerial Leadership I: Master of Divinity (M.Div)/Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)
B.1.1 Purpose of the Degree
The purpose of the MDiv/BD programs is to equip the students with knowledge and skills for ministerial leadership in the congregation and church-related institution.
B.1.2. Goals of the Program
The students enrolled in this program possess more critical and in-depth grasp of the biblical tradition, appreciation of the Asian culture and context, and have a more developed understanding of the ministry and pastoral identity. The MDiv/BD program is a post-baccalaureate degree that prepares the student for ordination.
B.1.3. Expectations/Learning Outcomes
The students are expected to demonstrate a certain level of competency in terms of skills and comprehension of the purpose of the program that reflect the mission and objectives of the institution. The learning outcomes for this program are embedded in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities of the school.
B.1.4. Evaluation/Assessment of the Degree Program
The school shall conduct a regular assessment of the degree to evaluate the extent of the alignment of the goals of the degree program to student learning outcomes. The assessment shall also determine the effectiveness of the degree program in terms of the percentage of graduates and their placements.
The curriculum shall demonstrate a balanced distribution of courses. The content shall cover the biblical, historical, theological and practical areas of disciplines. It shall emphasize the importance of the development of skills and competencies both in theory and in the practice of the ministry which can be achieved through instructions both in-campus and out campus supervised ministries. The spiritual formation is the overarching component of theological education and shall be consciously embedded in the curriculum.
A minimum of 90 credits of theological courses for students with no baccalaureate theological degrees shall be required.
A minimum of 72 credits of theological courses without thesis for students with baccalaureate theological degrees shall be required.
A minimum of 65 credits of theological courses with thesis for students with baccalaureate theological degrees shall be required.
Depending on the academic preparation of the students, the MDiv degree requires three (3) years of full-time academic work.
Depending on the academic preparation of the students, the BD program requires a minimum of three (3) years of full-time academic work.
Students admitted in the MDiv degree program hold recognized baccalaureate theological degrees or their educational equivalencies and possess competency for the goal of the program which will be determined by the institution.
Students admitted in the BD degree program are senior high graduates.
In order to operate the master’s degree programs, a minimum of six (6) full-time teachers with either MTheol or PhD/DTheol degrees shall be required.
A combination of onsite and access to online data bases of not less than 8,000 usable titles shall be required.