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Master of Divinity


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.


The M.Div. degree program offers the following outcomes.


Students will be able to:

  • describe the core teachings of Reformed Theology and explain how such teachings can be applied to each Christian life.

  • interpret core biblical characters, events and topics using the Bible as the primary source and train others to apply these biblical principles in their lives.

  • articulate the core principles of biblical leadership and ways to develop leadership capacity in healthy, personal relationships with God.

  • demonstrate professional ministerial abilities in diverse cultural and social contexts as theologically reflective practitioners.

  • analyze cultural and global issues involved in church ministry and missionary endeavors worldwide in order to provide transforming leadership in an ever-changing world.


The Master of Divinity curriculum is designed to offer training for pastoral ministry. Concentrated study in three basic areas (Bible, Theology, and 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.


Students receive the M.Div. degree when they complete a minimum of 96-semester units.

    1. Biblical Languages (6 units)
    2. Biblical Studies: Old Testament (12 Units), New Testament (12 Units)
    3. Theology: Systematic Theology (15 Units), Historical Theology (12 Units)
    4. Christian Formation & Ministry (21 units)
    5. Internship (3 Units)
    6. Electives (15 units)


The last 32 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; 2nd-year students 33-64; third-year students 65-96.


 *Required subjects


1. Biblical Languages (6 units minimum)

   OT 501 Hebrew I* (3 units)

   OT 601 Hebrew II (3 units)

   NT 501 Greek I* (3 units)

   NT 601 Greek II (3 units)

2. Biblical Studies (24 units minimum)

 Old Testament (12 Units minimum)

   OT 505 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

   OT 510 Pentateuch* (3 units)

   OT 610 Historical Books* (3 units)

   OT 620 Poetical Books* (3 units)

   OT 625 Psalms (3 units)

   OT 630 Prophetical Books* (3 units)

   OT 631 Old Testament Exegesis (3 units)

   OT 632 Old Testament Theology (3 units)

   OT 633 Old Testament and Ancient Near East (3 units)

 New Testament (12 Units minimum)

   NT 504 Gospels and Acts* (3 units)

   NT 505 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

   NT 602 Life and Message of Paul (3 units)

   NT 605 Biblical Hermeneutics* (3 units)

   NT 610 Biblical Theology (3 units)

   NT 611 General Epistles and Revelation* (3 units)

   NT 612 New Testament Exegesis (3 units)

   NT 613 Pauline Epistles and Theology* (3 units)

   NT 614 Parables of Jesus (3 units)

   NT 615 Gospel of John (3 units)

   NT 616 Romans (3 units)


3. Theology (24 Units minimum)

 Systematic Theology (12 units minimum)

   ST 501 Prolegomena and Theology Proper (3 units)

   ST 505 Anthropology and Christology* (3 units)

   ST 602 Pneumatology and Soteriology* (3 units)

   ST 604 Apologetics (3 units)

   ST 605 Ecclesiology and Eschatology* (3 units)

   ST 606 Christian Ethics* (3 units)

   ST 607 Cults (3 units)

   ST 608 Christian Philosophy (3 units)

   ST 609 Contemporary Theology (3 units)

   ST 610 History of Christian Doctrine (3 units)

 Historical Theology (12 Units Minimum)

   HT 501 Early Church* (3 units)

   HT 502 Medieval Church and Reformation Period* (3 units)

   HT 601 History of American and Korean Presbyterian Church* (3 units)

   HT 602 Theology of John Calvin* (3 units)

   HT 603 Modern Church (3 units)


4. Christian Formation & Ministry (24 Units Minimum)

   LD501 Biblical Leadership* (3 units)

   LD502 Spiritual Formation (3 units)

   LD511 Leadership and Diversity: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity* (3 units)

   MN511 Pastoral Counseling* (3 units)

   MN512 Christian Education* (3 units)

   MN521 Theology of Ministry and Administration (3 units)

   MN531 Introduction to Church Music (3 units)

   MN601 Preaching I* (3 units)

   MN602 Preaching II (3 units)

   MN603 Worship and Liturgy* (3 units)

   MN604 Church Polity (3 units)

   MS601 Missions* (3 units)

   MS602 Ministry and Culture* (3 units)

   MS603 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission (3 units)

   MS604 Evangelism and Church Planting (3 units)

   MS605 Transforming Contemporary Cultures (3 units)

   MS606 Trends in Global Christianity (3 units)

5. Internship (3 units)

MN611-613 Pastoral Internship I, II, III* (3 units)

Total Degree Units - 96 units

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