MDiv Theological Studies

Purpose

The MDiv in Theological Studies (MDivTS) is a 96-credit hour program designed to equip individuals who want to have a deeper understanding of the doctrines and practices of the Christian faith, how to relate these effectively to contemporary life, and how to persuasively defend the faith against error.  Through MDiv studies the student also integrates additional biblical studies, ministry experience, and personal development.

The MDivTS seeks to equip students through a deeper understanding the Christian faith, field experience integrated with a focus on the student’s walk with God, character and leadership development, as well as grounding in the Scriptures in the context of ministry experience.

Target Group

The MDivTS is best suited for those seeking to relate Christian doctrines and practices to contemporary life. This program is helpful for those who seek to present the Gospel in a relevant and compelling manner in a variety of contexts to various audiences. It is designed for those who anticipate defending the faith in oral, written, and/or online contexts; teaching in community, church, or educational settings; as well as individuals who anticipate going on for further theological studies.

Admissions Requirements

The individual applying for the MDivTS must follow the usual EAST application process and meet the MDivTS admissions standards. Both of these are stated in the “Admissions” section of this Prospectus. Additional admissions information for international students is explained in the “International Students” section of the Prospectus.

Program Explanation

EAST Aleph (Summer)

LF500 Research and Writing for Christian Leadership

2

 

IS401 Evangelism and Follow-Up Seminar

NC

 

 

1st Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

BS510 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics

3

OT510 Old Testament Narratives

3

LF510 Christian Leadership Foundations

3

LF560 Christian Marriage and Family in Asia

3

IS501 Building Spiritual Movements

3

LF580 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 1

1

TS560 Worldview and Biblical Decision Making

2

IS510 World Missions

2

TS532 Spiritual Life and Transformation

3

TS500 Movements That Changed History 1

3

Emphasis Course: TS501 Movements That Changed History 2

3

LF570 Mentoring Group 1

1

LF571 Mentoring Group 2

1

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Summer

LF581 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 2

2

2nd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS510 Theology 1

3

TS511 Theology 2

3

OT500 Hebrew 1: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

OR

NT500 Greek 1: Introduction to Biblical Greek

3

OT501 Hebrew 2: Hebrew Exegesis Tools and Methods

OR

NT 601 Greek 2: Greek Exegesis Tools and Methods

3

NT510 New Testament Narratives

3

NT511 New Testament Epistles and Revelation

3

LF530 Teaching and Learning 1

OR

LF555 Expository Preaching 1

2

Emphasis Course

3

Emphasis Course: TS506 Theological Methods

3

LF583 Field Practicum 2

1

LF582 Field Practicum 1

1

LF573 Mentoring Group 4

1

LF572 Mentoring Group 3

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

Summer

TS591 Theological Studies Emphasis Practicum 1

1

3rd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

OT511 Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom, and Prophets

3

TS561 Church, Society, and Ethical Issues in Asia

3

LF511 Transforming Leadership

OR

LF561 Biblical Counselling in Ministry

3

LF531 Teaching and Learning 2

OR

LF556 Expository Preaching 2

3

OT500 Hebrew 1: Introduction to Hebrew

OR

NT500 Greek 1: Introduction to Greek

3

OT501 Hebrew 2: Hebrew Exegesis Tools and Methods

OR

NT501 Greek 2: Greek Exegesis Tools and Methods

3

Emphasis course Emphasis Course

3

TS592 Theological Studies Emphasis Practicum 2

1

Free Elective

3

LF574 Mentoring Group 5

1

LF575 Mentoring Group 6

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

 

Emphasis Courses

Eight (8) credits required Emphasis Courses:

TS501 Movements That Changed History 2 (3 credits)

TS506 Theological Methods (3 credits)

TS591 and TS592 Theological Studies Emphasis Practicum 1 and 2 (1 credit each)

 

Nine (9) credits elective Emphasis Courses:

TS573 Religious Movements in Asia (3 credits)

TSs584 Defending the Faith in Asia (3 credits)

TS588 Theology of Religions (3 credits)

TS590 Theological Seminar (3 credits)

 

Course Description Information

For further information and description of each of the MDivTS courses, refer to the “Course Descriptions” section of this Prospectus.

Distribution Requirements

Biblical Studies (BS, OT, NT)                                     27  credits
Intercultural Studies (IS)                                                5  credits
Leadership Studies (LF)                                             16  credits
Formation (LF)                                                              11  credits
Theological Studies (TS)                                            17  credits
Free Elective Course                                                     3  credits
Theological Studies Emphasis Courses                17 credits

96 credits

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student has a maximum of seven (7) years to complete a MDivTS from the date of matriculation at EAST.

Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements in order to graduate with a MDivTS:

  • Completion work of all coursework (96 hours) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate character and ministry skills appropriate for an EAST graduate
  • Approval by the faculty
  • Payment of all fees