Structure and Delivery
PBA’s MDiv was created from scratch with twenty-first century ministry in view. After consulting with innovative pastors and scholars and reflecting on the gaps in seminary education, it was decided to move beyond the isolated silos of traditional seminary approaches in delivery method and curriculum. The structure of the MDiv with a Community Transformation and Chaplaincy Concentration thus contains six unique features:
Cohort community: Because we learn best in a thriving community, students benefit from a cohort model, with daytime classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays or evening synchronous online classes;
Efficient learning: Because master-level education should build upon a solid foundation, the curriculum features advanced courses while avoiding the repetition of undergraduate introductory courses;
Integrated thinking: Because real-life ministry requires integrated thinking, students study the Bible, Theology, and Practical Theology in paired courses across disciplines;
Leadership development: Because practitioners need intentional practice, students develop their pastoral skills in ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs receiving at least 2 units (800 hours) of practical pastoral education and experience in clinical contexts.
The MDiv Concentration in Community Transformation and Chaplaincy is designed to be completed within 3 years.
The admission requirements and process may be found in the relevant Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.
All students studying for the MDiv, Community Transformation and Chaplaincy Concentration (75 credit hours) will complete an integrated core (36 credit hours), specialized ministry competencies and/or biblical languages (9 credit hours), and Community Transformation and Chaplaincy concentration courses (30 credit hours).
A student with a bachelor’s degree in a field that is not related to ministry, biblical or theological studies will complete a foundational curriculum as part of his or her MDIV-CTC program. The Foundations Path is a 12 credit hour (4 course) curriculum intended to provide a graduate-level introduction to biblical, historical, and theological studies, as well as the essential academic skills necessary for successful formation. For details, see the Foundations Path section in the MDIV program overview.
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Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.