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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Program Missioin

The Master of Divinity program prepares students for attaining the Reformed theological background and practical ministry skills. This program is designed primarily for those who expect to enter the pastoral ministry and is helpful for pastors and missionaries in the field. This program provides the standard theology degree that sets the stage for ordained professional ministry. Students may be qualified to pursue a doctoral program in pastoral ministry, including the D.Min. program.

Program Goal

The Master of Divinity degree program enables students to:
                1.exhibit a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ;
                2.demonstrate ability to exegete the whole Word of God using original biblical languages
                     based upon sound knowledge and theology;
                3.integrate their learning into a Christian worldview based upon sound biblical exegesis; and
                4.demonstrate professional ministerial abilities necessary for the pastoral ministry for a pastor, faculty
                     or any professional clergy.

Design of the Curriculum

The M.Div. curriculum is designed to offer training for the pastoral ministry. Concentrated study in three basic areas, Bible, Theology, and the Practical Theology, characterizes this three-year program. Bible courses include the basic structure, content, and theology of each book of the Bible along with such details concerning major characters, dates, and places as are necessary. Principles of hermeneutics and exegesis, using the original languages as well as the English Bible, are also included. Students learn to apply the scriptures to contemporary circumstances.
The third year is a competency-based model. Students are expected to attain required levels of competency in order to accomplish the goal of each course. Communication and leadership are emphasized during this third year. A variety of experiences and instructors enable students to develop methods and styles of ministry suited to their individual gifts.

Students receive the M.Div. degree when they complete:

               A minimum of 96 semester units
               1. Old Testament (18Units)
               2. New Testament (18 Units)
               3. Systematic Theology (15 Units)
               4. Historical Theology (12 Units)
               5. Practical Theology (18 Units)
               6. Common Electives (15 units)

The last 24 units must be taken at IRUS. A minimum full-time course load is 9 units per semester. A maximum full-time load is 15 units per semester; however, students may petition for additional units if their cumulative average is 3.0 or higher.

The last 24 units must be taken at IRUS.


A minimum full-time course load is 9 units per semester. A maximum full-time load is 15 units per semester; however, students may petition for additional units if their cumulative average is 3.0 or higher. Official classification is based on the number of units completed toward graduation as follows: 1st-year students 0-32; sophomores 33-64; junior 65-96.

The following are the course requirements for the M.Div.

Course Requirements

1. Old Testament Theology (18 Units)

      OT501 Hebrew I ·········································    3
      OT510 Pentateuch ·········································    3
      OT610 Historical Books ·········································    3
      OT620 Poetic Books ·········································    3
      OT630 Prophetic Books ·········································    3
      OT710 Old Testament Exegesis ·········································    3
      OT505 Introduction to the Old Testament(2016) ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    18(21)

2. New Testament Theology (18 Units)

      NT501 Greek I ·········································    3
      NT504 Gospels ·········································    3
      NT605 Biblical Hermeneutics ·········································    3
      NT701 General Epistles & Revelation ·········································    3
      NT702 N.T. Exegesis ·········································    3
      NT704 Pauline Epistles ·········································    3
      NT505 Introduction to the New Testament (2016) ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    18(21)

3. Systematic Theology (15 Units)

      ST 501 Prolegomena & Theology Proper ·········································    3
      ST 505 Anthropology & Christology ·········································    3
      ST 602 Pneumatology & Soteriology ·········································    3
      ST 605 Ecclesiology & Eschatology ·········································    3
      ST 604 Apologetics ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    15

4. Historical Theology (12 Units)

      HT 501 Early Church ·········································    3
      HT 502 Medieval Church & Reformation Period ·········································    3
      HT 603 Modern Church ·········································    3
      HT 720 Theology of John Calvin ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    12

5. Practical Theology (18 Units)

      PT 502 Missions ·········································    3
      PT 503 Worship ·········································    3
      PT 511 Christian Education ·········································    3
      PT 608 Biblical Leadership ·········································    3
      PT 704 Preaching I ·········································    3
      PT 706 Preaching II ·········································    3
      PT505 Cross-Cultural Ministry (2016) ·········································    3
      PT610 Evangelism and Church Planting (2016) ·········································    3
      PT611~613 Pastoral Internship I, II, III (2016) ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    18(27)

6. Electives (15 Units)

      HT701 History of American & Korean ·········································    3
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      NT507 New Testament Theology ·········································    3
      NT601 New Testament Greek II ·········································    3
      NT602 Life and Message of Paul ·········································    3
      NT710 Parables of Jesus ·········································    3
      NT720 Gospel of John ·········································    3
      NT730 Romans ·········································    3
      OT601 Hebrew II ·········································    3
      OT625 Psalms ·········································    3
      OT720 Old Testament Theology ·········································    3
      PT500 Research & Writing ·········································    3
      PT501 Introduction to Church Music ·········································    3
      PT603 Pastoral Counseling ·········································    3
      PT701 Church Polity ·········································    3
      PT705 Theology of Ministry and Administration ·········································    3
      ST701 Christian Ethics ·········································    3
      ST702 Cults ·········································    3
      ST705 Christian Philosophy ·········································    3
      ST710 Contemporary Theology ·········································    3
      ST720 History of Christian Doctrine ·········································    3
      Selective Total Units: ·········································    15

Total Degree Units 96 units