Master of Divinity, Ministerial Leadership (On-Campus)

Master of Divinity, Ministerial Leadership (On-Campus) 2017-01-03T17:47:24+00:00

Program Overview

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a 72­ unit degree that combines academic excellence with spiritual formation and social engagement, to prepare students for service and leadership in many possible settings.

The Claremont M.Div. program is informed by the history of thought and practice within Christianity, by exposure to the cultural and religious diversity within Christianity, by dialogue with other religious traditions, and by the quest to understand and respond constructively to the contemporary world.

It presupposes that men and women can exercise responsible leadership only when they combine an intimate knowledge of their own traditions, appreciation of other forms of spiritual practice and insight, a deep engagement with today’s social and political realities, and strong dialogical and critical thinking skills.

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Master of Divinity Curriculum

TIR3001Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership (Intensive)
THB3007The Hebrew Bible in Context
THC3007History of World Christianities
TRE3001Introduction to Religious Education
TH3036Systematic Theology
TNT3003The New Testament in Context
TEC3001Introduction to Christian Ethics
TWP3015Introduction to Christian Worship and the Arts
TSC3004Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care
TWP3013Preaching in the Worship Context
TCE3075Religious Leadership
TRE3040Vocational Praxis (Intensive)
TSF3008Formation: Spiritual Practices
TCS3000Formation: Cultural Competencies
TCE3080Formation: Field Education I
Formation: Field Education II
United Methodist students seeking ordination have five required denominational studies courses: United Methodist History, Polity, Doctrine, Mission, and Evangelism. Students in other denominations also may have required courses – check with your denomination.

Hybrid and Intensive Courses

Even though the majority of this mode is on-campus, certain courses may be offered in online and/or intensive formats.

Hybrid courses include a week of on­-campus sessions plus online work throughout a semester.  Hybrid courses often have required pre-­class reading and writing assignments.  On­-campus sessions of hybrid courses are generally scheduled the last full week of August and the second full week of January.

Intensive courses meet for one week on campus and often have required reading before class, plus assignments due after the last class session.  Intensive courses are scheduled the first full week of January.

Time to Complete

The Master of Divinity is usually considered a 3­-year degree program. Students can complete the on campus program in three academic years by taking 4 courses (12 units) most semesters, plus the two January intensives. Some students also choose to spread the course work over a longer period of time.

Sample Schedule

Year I

TSF3008 Formation: Spiritual PracticesTIR3001 Interreligious Dialogue and LeadershipTCS3000 Formation: Cultural CompetenciesElective/UM studies
TNT3003 The New Testament in Context THB3007 The Hebrew Bible in ContextElective/UM studies
TRE3001 Introduction to Religious Education TWP3015 Introduction to Christian Worship and the Arts

Year II

TCE3080 Formation: Field Education ITIR3001 Interreligious Dialogue and LeadershipTCE3081 Formation: Field Education IIElective/UM studies
TWP3013 Preaching in the Worship ContextTCE3075 Religious LeadershipElective/UM studies
TTH3036 Systematic TheologyTSC3004 Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care

Year III

TEC3001 Introduction to Christian EthicsTRE3040 Vocational PraxisTHC3007 History of World Christianities
Elective/UM studiesElective

Blue = Required Hybrid and Intensive Courses
Green = 24 units free electives and denominational requirements
Black = Required On-Campus Courses


*NOTE: United Methodist students preparing for ordination will have 25 classes rather than 24, to complete the 72-unit degree program. There are 5 required UM classes, totaling 12 units: History, Doctrine, and Polity (2 units each), Evangelism, and Mission (3 units each).