Master of Divinity Program

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).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

 

Graduation Requirements

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 and Program Outcomes
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
  • That our alumni survey will show that at least 70% of graduates who apply to D.Min. or other doctoral-level theological studies programs are accepted.
  • That our rates of retention and completion fall within norms for TRACS

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

 

Curriculum Requirements

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

____OT510  Pentateuch

____OT525 Historical Books & Wisdom Literature

____OT540  Major Prophets

____OT555  Minor Prophets

____NT510  Gospels

____NT525  Acts & Pauline Epistles

____NT540  General Epistles & Revelation

____BI531  Hermeneutics

____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

____PT580 Homiletics

____MI500 Intro to Missiology

____ED505 Christian Education

____PH552 Christian Apologetics

____PT580 Principles of Leadership

Elective Courses – 12 Credits

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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

 

M.Div. Notes:

  • 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.