Master of Divinity Required Courses and Components


Recommended Sequence of M.Div. Required Courses to Complete Within Three Years 

COURSE NUMBER (Credits)

COURSE NAME

SEMESTER OFFERED

RECOMMENDED YEAR

CH111 (3)

History of Christianity I

Fall

2

CH113 (3)

History of Christianity II

Spring

2

CVR

Comprehensive Vocational Review

In conjunction with MS207

2

EM100 (3)

Introduction to Educational Ministries

Fall

1

EM310 (4)

Teaching Religion in America

Spring

3

MS101 (2)

Interpretive Task (4-day intensive, plus overnight retreat

Fall (Summer II Term)

1

MS106 (2)

Integrative Formation Seminar I

Fall

1

MS107 (2)

Integrative Formation Seminar II

Spring

1

MS142 (1.5)  Methods for Theological Writing   Offered in Fall & Spring  

MS206 (2)

Integrative Formation Seminar III

Fall

2

MS207 (2)

Integrative Formation Seminar IV

Spring

2

MS203 (0)

Cross-Cultural Component

Spans Fall and Spring

2

NT111 (3)

Jesus and the Gospels

Spring

1

NT113 (3)

Paul and the Early Church (prerequisite NT111)

Fall

2

OT112 (3)

Introducing the Old Testament I

Fall

1

OT114 (3)

Introducing the Old Testament II (prerequisite OT112)

Spring

1

PH240 (or RS240) (3)

Roots of Wisdom I: Exploring Philosophical Thinking

Spring

3

PL311 (2)

Ministerial Ethics

Fall

3

PT120 (3)

Introduction to Pastoral Care & Counseling

Spring

1

RS205 (3)

Church and Human Sciences

Spring

2

RS240 (or PH240) (3)

Roots of Wisdom II: Exploring Religious Phenomena

Fall

3

TH100 (3)

Introduction to Theology

Fall

1

TH200 (3)

Christian Doctrine

Spring

2

TH305 (3)

Christian Social Ethics

Fall

3

WP205 (3)

Christian Worship

Fall

2

WP210 (3)

Introduction to Preaching

Spring

2

Students are required to complete a total of 94 credits to earn the degree, including the above required credits and components, plus elective courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she will have successfully completed 94 credits for graduation (usually registering for 15 to 16 credits each semester), and that all requirements for the Lancaster Seminary degree and those of his or her denomination have been fulfilled.

 

Not required for graduation but highly recommended:

MS142 (1.5)

Methods for Theological Writing

Falland Spring

First semester of study

PL306 (3)

 

Transformational Leadership: Church Administration, Stewardship & Evangelism (prerequisite MS207) [especially recommended for those going into congregational ministries]

Summer II or January Intensive as scheduled 

3

MS317 (1)

Integrative Formation VI (prerequisite MS207)

Spring

3

 

Judicatories normally expect that Denominational Polity courses be successfully completed.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may be required by some judicatories but is not required for graduation in a degree program.