Program Outcomes

Olivet University International offers the Master of Divinity, a first professional degree preparing graduates for pastoral ministry and providing the stepping stone for further studies towards a professional doctoral degree in the area of Christian ministry. 

The Master of Divinity program is designed to prepare future ministers for work as pastors, missionaries, and chaplains in the world of twenty-first century Christian mission. This program provides students with core Biblical and theological instruction, leadership training, as well as the skills necessary to perform ministerial duties in the local church.



Program Objectives

In the context of Olivet University’s mission, completion of the Master of Divinity program will enable students to:

  • Grow in likeness to Christ
  • Develop advanced knowledge of the Bible and theology within a historical context
  • Interpret contemporary moral and social issues by applying Biblical and theological principles
  • Develop professional competencies, particularly in missions and church ministry

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree from Olivet New York, the student must:

  • 1. Pass a total of 136 quarter credits;
  • 2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or above;
  • 3. Complete all degree requirements within the time limit, unless extenuating circumstances exist;
  • 4. Receive a passing mark for all Christian Service and Chapel requirements;
  • 5. Demonstrate proficiency in Bible, theology and history knowledge with by completing the ABHE Bible Test J in the top 40th percentile of all nationwide participants.
  • 6. Satisfy all financial responsibilities of the university.

Students are subject to the Master of Divinity degree requirements of the catalog of the year in which they entered.


Time Limits

The Master of Divinity degree is normally fulfilled in four (4) years of study. Except under extenuating circumstances, all requirements for the degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of enrollment. Students who have not completed the requirements within the six-year period must apply to the Registrar's Office for an enrollment extension every term, up to a maximum of seven (7) years from the date of enrollment.


Program Requirements

Curriculum
1. Biblical & Biblical Languages Studies Requirement (36 units)

Students are required to take the following eight biblical studies courses and two biblical language courses:

  • 1. BIBL501 Old Testament I (4 units)
  • 2. BIBL502 Old Testament II (4 units)
  • 3. BIBL503 Old Testament III (4 units)
  • 4. BIBL511 New Testament I (4 units)
  • 5. BIBL512 New Testament II (4 units)
  • 6. BIBL513 New Testament III (4 units)
  • 7. BIBL520 Studies in Romans I (4 units)
  • 8. BIBL521 Studies in Romans II (4 units)
  • 9. BIBL550 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew* (2 units)
  • 10. BIBL560 Introduction to Biblical Greek* (2 units)

*Note: These courses may be waived if the student takes proficiency exams and demonstrates competency in the Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Greek.

2. Theological & Historical Studies Requirement (44 Units)

Students are required to take following seven theological studies courses and four historical studies courses:

  • 1. THEO500 Theological Prolegomena (4 units)
  • 2. THEO501 Systematic Theology I (4 units)
  • 3. THEO502 Systematic Theology II (4 units)
  • 4. THEO503 Systematic Theology III (4 units)
  • 5. THEO600 Christian Apologetics (4 units)
  • 6. THEO610 Christian Ethics (4 units)
  • 7. THEO620 Biblical Hermeneutics (4 units)
  • 8. HIST500 Historical Theology (4 units)
  • 9. HIST501 History of Christianity I: 100-1500 (4 units)
  • 10. HIST502 History of Christianity II: 1500-1900 (4 units)
  • 11. HIST503 History of Christianity III: 1900-Present (4 units)
3. Ministry Studies Requirement (24 Units)

All students are required to take following the following six ministry studies courses:

  • 1. MINS600 Mission & Discipleship (4 units)
  • 2. MINS700 Homiletics (4 units)
  • 3. MINS710 Pastoral Counseling (4 units)
  • 4. MINS624 Teaching the Transforming Word of God I (4 units)
  • 5. MINS625 Teaching the Transforming Word of God II (4 units)
  • 6. MINS640 Business as Mission (4 units)
4. Ministry Studies Distribution Requirement (24 Units)

All students must take 24 additional units from the Ministry Studies category of Theology graduate program.

5. Open Electives Requirement (8 Units)

Students are required to take additional courses of their choice from Theology graduate program or approved courses from other programs.

6. General Ministry Skills (0 Unit)

The M.Div. students are required to pass 4 quarters of PRAC020 Graduate Christian Service and 6 quarters of PRAC021 Graduate Chapel. Please refer to the Christian Service Program Handbook for more detailed information.


Course Description


Biblical Studies & Languages (required)
BIBL501 Old Testament I (4)

Background and content of the first five books. Special attention to foundational matters and Israel's setting in the ancient near east.

BIBL502 Old Testament II (4)

Prerequisite: BIBL501
Background and content of the OT Book of History (the Former Prophets and some of the Writings) and Prophecy (Major and Minor Prophets).

BIBL503 Old Testament III (4)

Prerequisite: BIBL502
Background and content of the OT Book of Psalms and the OT Wisdom Books.

BIBL511 New Testament I (4)

Studying the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ, along with the special emphasis of each gospel’ s portrayal. This course is broken into two major sections. During the first half of the class, we will read the gospels in series, focusing on each author’ s unique portrayal of Jesus. During the second half of the class, we will read the gospels in parallel, allowing us to see more clearly the similarities and differences of the gospels. We will pay close attention to background and good hermeneutical principles throughout the class.

BIBL512 New Testament II (4)

Prerequisite: BIBL511
The beginnings of Christianity and the challenges it faced. Special emphasis on Paul's positive message in his letters, and his response to alternatives and difficulties.

BIBL513 New Testament III (4)

Prerequisite: BIBL512
The letters to Hebrews and by James, John, Peter and Jude show that Paul was not the only early theologian. The Revelation to John, properly handled, gives a uniquely valuable, though challenging perspective.

BIBL520 Studies in Romans I (4)

This course is an expository study of the most doctrinal and practical book of the New Testament. BIBL520 is part one of a sequence with BIBL521, four credit hours each, designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the book (the gospel according to Paul) as well as some of the important doctrinal passages that will be discussed. BIBL520 covers chapters 1 to 8 while BIBL521 deals with chapters 9 to 16.

BIBL521 Studies in Romans II (4)

Prerequisite: BIBL520
This course is an expository study of the most doctrinal and practical book of the New Testament. BIBL521 is designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the book (the gospel according to Paul) as well as some of the important doctrinal passages that will be discussed. BIBL521 deals with chapters 9 to 16.

BIBL550 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (2)

Enables, through an inductive method, working with the Old Testament Hebrew text with a focus on how to use the digital and print scholarly tools and understand its meaning beyond mere morphology

BIBL560 Introduction to Biblical Greek (2)

Enables working with the New Testament, through an inductive method, working with the New Testament Hebrew text with a focus on how to use the digital and print scholarly tools and understand its meaning beyond mere morphology.

Historical Studies (required)
HIST500 Historical Theology (4)

Historical theology is a Christian Theology to use the method of historical studies and study a history in Christian beliefs. This course is designed to study the historical development of Christianism (Christian Doctrine) and to explore the historical circumstances to influence the formation and development of doctrine. It should also organize a historical context of contemporary, primary theological developments, theologian and theological thoughts and movements. The course will study through detailed case studies about the important subject for the general comprehension of contemporary events.

HIST501-503 History of Christianity I-III (4 units each)

This course is a three part sequence that examines the history of the Christian movement from its beginnings as a small sect within Judaism to its modern picture as we see in 21st century.

Theological Studies (required)
THEO500 Theological Prolegomena (4)

Theological Prolegomena is a course that focuses on the conditions that are necessary for the systematic study of the defining doctrines of biblical Christianity. Systematic theology is not done in a vacuum, and this means that it is important to critically evaluate theories about the nature of reality and knowledge. The question of theological method must also be clarified so that systematic theology can be done properly.

THEO501 Systematic Theology I (4)

Prerequisite: THEO500
After the students acquired a basic understanding of the preconditions for systematic theology, they are ready to begin a study of the various divisions of the discipline. This course will provide an overview of the nature and attributes of God, the creation of the universe and life on the earth, and the doctrine of the incarnation of the Son of God.

THEO502 Systematic Theology II (4)

Prerequisite: THEO501
The topics to be systematically examined in this course are the biblical teaching on the nature and effects of sin, the nature of salvation and its evidence, including an evaluation of different perspectives on the foregoing subjects.

THEO503 Systematic Theology III (4)

Prerequisite: THEO502 The topics to be systematically examined in this course are the biblical teaching on the nature of the church, its structure, function and mission; and the nature of last things, including the biblical prophecies pertaining to the end of the age and the eternal state in the new heavens and earth.

THEO600 Christian Apologetics (4)

This course deals with a most important subject: how we communicate the Christian faith to those who are opposed or uncommitted to it. Christian apologetics defends the faith against opponents but also reaches out to them in a positive way. "Apologetics" comes from the Greek, "Apologetics" which means presenting a subject in its best light.

THEO610 Christian Ethics (4)

The study of ethics seeks to determine whether moral values and obligations are objective or subjective, absolute or relative. It also aims at resolving the problem of the criterion for determining the morally good and morally bad, the morally right and morally wrong. In addition, the differences between general ethics and Christian ethics will be highlighted. Finally, the course will focus on the application of the biblical principles of Christian ethics to various moral issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, etc.

THEO620 Biblical Hermeneutics (4)

Through this course, students will learn the process of examining biblical texts to uncover its deeper meaning and magnitude. Through reading the Bible, attending lecture classes, having group dialogue, and creating research assignments, students will come to know the differing methods of how to interpret text.

Theological Studies (elective)
THEO635 World Religions (4)

This course explores the nature and function of the major religions of the world from a Christian perspective. Each of the religions will be studied in terms of their founders, history, authoritative sources, core beliefs, and the rituals and attitudes that are typical in the lives of their adherents.

THEO738 20th Century Theology: Christ and Modernism (4)

This course surveys the major cultural, theological, and historical events in Christianity and theology from the late nineteenth century to the present. The interrelations between Christianity and the different predominant cultures of the last century as well as important people and movements will be covered.

Ministry Studies (required)
MINS600 Mission & Discipleship (4)
This capstone course focuses on integrating key aspects of seminary education with Christian ministry to prepare graduating students for vocational ministry. The Master of Divinity candidate consolidates and synthesizes important learning gleaned from coursework, experience and assignments, thereby demonstrating proficiency in applying this knowledge toward practical mission work. Reflection, self-assessment, sharing of ideas and critical analysis are all vital components designed to fulfill academic, spiritual and professional formation. 

Prerequisite: Student should have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours and be in the final year of studies. 
MINS624 Teaching the Transforming Word I (4)

Survey of the biblical story in its progressive unfolding of the history of redemption against the backdrop of creation and sin. MINS624 is part one of a sequence with MINS625, four credit hours each, designed to acquaint students with the narrative of the Bible, to enhance the students' appreciation of this story as both formative and normative of life, and to eventually help the student to teach the Scripture for life change.

MINS625, Teaching the Transforming Word II (4)

Prerequisite: MINS624
Survey of the biblical story in its progressive unfolding of the history of redemption against the backdrop of creation and sin. MINS625 is part two of a sequence with MINS624, four credit hours each, designed to acquaint students with the narrative of the Bible, to enhance the students' appreciation of this story as both formative and normative of life, and to eventually help the student to teach the Scripture for life change.

MINS640 Business as Mission (4)

This course examines the emergent role of business in Christian missions. Themes covered include: 1) the theology of business as mission; 2) practical issues concerning the use of business as a vehicle for cross- cultural missions, and 3) specific for-profit business models and case studies. By the end of the course the student will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating business and missions.

MINS700 Homiletics (4)

Biblical preaching is a divinely ordained way of calling people to repentance and for edifying the people of God. It is communicating God’s Word to His people—standing between the world of Scripture and the world of people and speaking the truth of God. This course is designed to expose students to understand homiletics and methods of it. This will be done by studying the writings of different authors and by listening to sermons preached by those who advocate a given perspective.

MINS710 Pastoral Counseling (4)

A study of the Biblical principles to Christian counseling. Application and implementation of a Biblical model of counseling will be emphasized.

Ministry Studies (elective)
MINS500 Pastoral Formation (4)

This course integrates biblical and theological study with practical exercises in order to provide the students with both knowledge and experiences to foster Christian maturity. This course will focus on understanding Christlikeness, nurturing personal spiritual formation, and discerning gifts and callings which will promote the maturity of the community of faith.

MINS603 Social Media in Missions (4)

This course explores the use of social media as a platform for missions and ministry, engaging students in practical assignments and peer review for effective outreach.

MINS610 Intercultural Studies (4)

This course provides students with knowledge in the subject of Biblical foundations for intercultural ministry. It advances the mission of Olivet University by equipping students as fruitful citizens of the Kingdom of God blessing peoples through diversity acceptance and enrichment through service to mankind.

MINS720 Church Planting & Growth (4)

Evaluates various kinds of church planting opportunities and methodologies. Offers step-by-step procedures, and calls upon individuals to share their individual church planting experiences. Qualitative and quantitative factors of growing a church from a Biblical perspective receive attention.

MINS730 Church Administration (4)

This course is an inquiry into and application of the theological foundations and principles of church dynamics, more commonly known as “church administration”. The essence of the course is to equip the leader, pastor, and missionary to understand the nature, mission, organization and function of a local church in all of its dimensions and practices.

MINS740 Pastoral Theology (4)

The application of Christian Theology to pastoral situations bringing the Gospel to bear on individual's needs and circumstances. He is a practitioner of the faith. Clinically applying all that he knows of God, of the saving power of the grace of Christ, of Christian teaching and experience, to specific moral and spiritual problems. The pastor's purpose is larger and deeper than physical or mental health or social rehabilitation. He seeks besides these the reconciliation of individuals to God to each other and to life which not only establishes the individual in peace and lays the foundation of abiding joy, but releases within the souls such faith, hope and love as enable it to meet all demands with equanimity and resource.

PRAC500 Ministry Practicum (4)

Graduate students participate in supervised ministry in a church or specialized ministry approved by the school. Interns must have a total 120 hours of site contact hours to receive 4 quarter units. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical ministry skills with the integration of Biblical and theological studies.

PRAC020 Graduate Christian Service (0)

Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form, as described in the Christian Service Program Handbook.

PRAC021 Graduate Chapel (0)

Chapel participation is required for the entire student community. Attendance will be recorded and a grade of pass or fail will be assigned. A passing grade in Chapel is mandatory for graduation.

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