Kernel University’s Master of Divinity program provides students with a basic ministerial training with a solid foundation in the traditional areas of theology. The M.Div. curriculum is designed to prepare students for the pastoral leadership role in the local church and other settings (although we recognize that some students enroll for personal enrichment and to more effectively engage in a variety of ministries).
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Satisfactorily complete at least 94 semester credits.
At least 50% of the total credits required for the degree must be completed at Kernel.
The M.Div. curriculum is designed to be completed in three years, although typically it is completed in four or more years.
|Institutional Objectives||Measurement||M.Div. Program Outcomes|
Equipped with Academic Resources
|2.Academic enrichment as demonstrated by satisfactory academic progress in current and in more advanced degrees||
Equipped with Professional Resources
|3. Professional development as demonstrated on alumni surveys by professional and volunteer work in students’ fields of study||1. Can list principles of sound hermeneutics and apply them to passages of scripture as demonstrated by sound exegesis of three scriptural passages.
2. That alumni surveys will show that 70% of 3-year alumni will be serving churches in paid or volunteer positions that involve teaching, leading or other significant duties
3. That alumni surveys will show that 30% of 3-year alumni will have been ordained
|4. An enhanced understanding of the purposes for which God designed them as demonstrated by a capstone project based on various assessments (e.g., career and personality tests, spiritual gifts tests, 30 Personality Assessment), a study of opportunities in their field of study, and an overview of the work in their field.|
Equipped with Spiritual Resources
|4. Biblical and theological knowledge as demonstrated by seniors in each program correctly answering, on average, 25 more questions than freshmen in that program on the ABHE Bible Knowledge test||· An understanding of in biblical principles related to meeting and seeking God as demonstrated by a capstone portfolio essay and a personal interview with a faculty member
· A growing commitment to spiritual growth as demonstrated by pre-, post- and alumni Spiritual Disciplines surveys
· A deepening spiritual life as demonstrated by pre- and post-tests (Wesleyan Wellness Profile) and comparison with national norms.
|5. An understanding of in biblical principles related to meeting and seeking God as demonstrated by a capstone portfolio essay and a personal interview with a faculty member|
|6. A growing commitment to spiritual growth as demonstrated by freshmen, senior and alumni Spiritual Disciplines surveys|
Note: A Student Progress Worksheet, similar to the following, will be kept in each student file so that progress can be tracked and academic advising can be facilitated.
Student Progress Worksheet: M.Div. (95 Credits)
Name:__________________________________ Date Entered:________________________
|Biblical/Theological Studies – 36 Credits
____BI500 Intro to Bible
____OT525 Historical Books & Wisdom Literature
____OT540 Major Prophets
____OT555 Minor Prophets
____NT525 Acts & Pauline Epistles
____NT540 General Epistles & Revelation
____TT502 Systematic Theology I (God, Christ, Holy Spirit)
____TT503 Systematic Theology II (Man, Sin, Salvation)
____TT504 Systematic Theology III (Bible, Church, Eschatology)
|Practical Theology – 30 Credits
____PT502 Spiritual Formation
____PT517 Evangelism & Outreach
____ PT535 Discipleship and Cell Groups
____PT550 Pastoral Ministry
____CC544 Biblical Counseling
____MI500 Intro to Missiology
____ED505 Christian Education
____PH552 Christian Apologetics
____PT580 Principles of Leadership
|Elective Courses – 12 Credits
|General Studies – 17 Credits
____ GS550 Academic, Professional & Personal Development
____BL531 Greek I
____BL551 Hebrew I
____CH501 Church History I (Early – Reformation)
____CH501 Church History II (Post Reformation)
____ GS599 Capstone
- GS550 is 2 credits. All other courses are 3 credits.
- If a student completed a bachelor’s from a Bible college, he or she may replace up to 15 required credits with electives if he or she made at least a “B” in those subjects.