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MDiv and MA in International Development

MDiv and MA in International Development

Program Overview

This distinctive MDiv dual degree program represents the Seminary's longstanding commitment to holistic ministry, ministry that addresses spiritual, emotional, social and material needs. The MA portion of the program, offered at Eastern University, is intentionally contextualized to issues in the two-thirds world and to issues in urban areas of the U.S.

Students in this program choose one of two concentrations.  The Urban Concentration is for those who desire to serve in an urban context, while the International Concentration is for those interested in development work in rural areas or in some other context outside a major city.

Regardless of the concentration, the MA portion of this MDiv dual degree program seeks to recognize the multi-faceted causes of poverty and to provide instruction and guidance aimed at designing intervention strategies to enable people to move toward economic self-sufficiency. The MDiv portion of the program prepares students for pastoral ministry.

Earning the MDiv and the MA degrees separately would normally require five years of full-time study. This program is designed to enable students to complete both degrees in a total of four years. MA coursework fulfills some of the electives required for the MDiv, while one MDiv course is recognized as fulfilling one of the course requirements for the MA.  (For part-time students the time needed to complete the degrees varies based on course load.)

YEAR 1
Spiritual Formation 
Old Testament Pentateuch 
Old Testament Historical Books
Gospel and Acts 
New Testament Greek or Biblical Hebrew 
The Church in Mission Throughout History 
Christian Heritage Elective 
Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 
Theology and Ethics of Congregational Life 
A Guide to Seminary Writing 
Vocational Personal Inventories 

YEAR 2
Critical Analysis in Theological Studies 
Greek Exegesis or Hebrew Exgesis 
Systematic Theology and Ethics I
Systematic Theology and Ethics II
Introduction to Homiletics 
Preaching Practicum
Prophets or Pauline Epistles or Biblical Theology 
Boundaries and Systems for Ministry Pastoral Leadership
Theological Field Education 
Mid-Program Assessment 

YEAR 3
Majority of MA courses at CCGPS

YEAR 4
Courses split between Palmer and CCGPS
Theology and Pracitce of Worshp
Church Renewal and Evangelism 
Christian World Mission 
Integrative Seminar 
Free Electives