The Master of Divinity is designed as a three-year full-time graduate-level program of study, which can also be taken part-time.
The MDiv program is equivalent in shape to the BTh program, but has more advanced entry requirements, additional work requirements in each element of the curriculum, and more demanding expectations in terms of quality of the work produced. Consequently while the elements of the expected outcomes of the MDiv program are comparable to those of the BTh program, the expectation is that MDiv graduates will evidence greater depth and breadth of learning, and greater ability in analytic, synthetic, and evaluative reflection than is expected from BTh graduates.
The MDiv program is ideally suited for men and women who want solid academic training in theological studies, extensive skill development for specific ministries, and mentoring and training in personal character development and growth, who already have a university degree, have proven ability in accessing and using English-language resources, and who are anticipating a future in complex ministry contexts that require extensive creative and analytic skill, combined with a strong heart for ministry.
Requirements for Admission into the ABTS MDiv
· Only students who have a B.A. degree in a non-theological discipline, or its equivalent, will be admitted into this program
· The language of instruction will generally be Arabic, thus necessitating an excellent level of written and spoken Arabic
· As Arabic resources are not sufficient for carrying out work at a graduate level, MDiv students should have a level of English competency allowing them to read, understand and interact with English language materials and faculty. Prospective MDiv students will be expected to pass an English competency examination duration their first month of studies at ABTS.
Whereas individual course papers may be written in English or Arabic, using both English and Arabic language resources, final Integrative Papers should be written in Arabic at a postgraduate academic level.
Beyond the material covered in the foundational CertTh program, in the course of the MDiv program the individual learns:
· How to integrate biblical, historical, theological, social, and personal considerations for effective Christian ministry. In particular the student will examine:
· The nature and character of God, as seen in the biblical text and taught by the great thinkers of church history, and our calling to reflect his character individually and corporately, addressing false perspectives evident in church and society
· The Kingdom of God, Jesus’ central teaching message and a formative theme in the church over the past 2000 years. The individual also is challenged with the implications of Kingdom imperatives for faithful Christian living.
· The church as a reconciled and reconciling community, rooted in the biblical teaching of the divine Trinity and the people of God as his agents for transformation, and expressed in peacemaking within the Christian community and by the Christian community in society.
· The church as a missional community, rooted in the biblical teaching of God’s great missional work, and expressed in an outward vision whenever the church has been faithful to the biblical vision.
· The imperative of lifelong discipleship, as modeled in Jesus and the apostles, and nurtured through the skills and disciplines of the spiritual life that the church has embraced throughout history and which continue to be formative in the life of the believer today.
· The imperative of empowering leadership, seen most vividly in the radical leadership model of Jesus and the apostles, and evident in the great Christian leaders of history. The need for overcoming negative cultural patterns and lifelong growth in leadership are also examined.
· Advanced skills in interpreting all of life and ministry in light of biblical and theological lenses.
· How to self-assess and plan lifelong learning throughout his or her years of leadership in ministry.
The MDiv program comprises the core, track, and elective components. All students are required to complete the following
· The Certificate of Theology foundational year
· The six core Integrative Modules
· All non-formal requirements
· Capstone Course for Graduating Students
The details of program requirements are as follows: