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Master of Divinity

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Prepare for Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Divinity is the typical prerequisite for ordained pastoral ministry within much of the church. The Providence Master of Divinity program will provide you with a strong Biblical-theological foundation, encouraging you to foster a love for the Word of God while you grow in your love for His church, and commit to enhancing its well-being. At Providence you'll learn to develop people-helping skills while attaining the training necessary for pastoral ministry. We'll help you sharpen your spiritual gifts, and whether you are called to ministry in a church, para-church or other ministry setting, we'll ensure you have a foundational grasp of all aspects of training necessary to enter Christian ministry upon graduation. As a Master of Divinity student you'll specialize in one of seven tracks: English Bible, Anabaptist Studies, Biblical Languages, Honours, Pastoral Counselling, Pentecostal Studies, or Youth Ministry Studies.

81 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Honours Track
81 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Pastoral Counselling Track
81 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Youth Ministry Studies Track
78 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Anabaptist Studies Track
78 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Pentecostal Studies Track
75 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Biblical Languages Track

For Entrance into the Master of Divinity program

Recommended Prerequisites

  • English Composition and Speech, so that the student can express him/herself clearly in written and oral form.
  • History, Philosophy, Psychology, English Literature, and other arts and social sciences, so that the student comprehends the people and ideas of the past and the present.
  • Studies in the more specific areas of the natural sciences and foreign languages, in order to give the student contact with the scientific method and give preparation for grammatical studies in Greek and Hebrew, if needed.
  • Foundational courses in Bible and Theology.

Residence Requirement

  • All students will be required to complete a minimum of eight campus courses, totaling 24 credit hours or 1/3 of the total program. The four internship courses do not count toward this residency requirement.

Program Tracks

  • English Bible
    •  72 credit hours
  • Anabaptist Track
    • 78 credit hours - Students are recommended (but not required) to complete Biblical Languages as an additional track (a total of 84 credit hours).
    • Students are required to adapt their capstone project for PS7101 Integrative Seminar (or their Master's thesis) to reflect Anabaptist themes.
    • Students who wish to become Anabaptist pastors are strongly recommended to have internships in an Anabaptist congregation when fulfilling their requirements for the core M.Div.
  • Biblical Languages
    • 75 credit hours
  • Honours
    • 81 credit hours
  • Pastoral Counselling
    • 81 credit hours
  • Pentecostal Track
    • Students are recommended to complete Biblical Languages as an additional track (a total of 81 credit hours).
  • Youth Ministry Studies
    • 81 credit hours

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

  • Old Testament Text and Interpretation
  • Birth of the New Testament
  • Hermeneutics
  • Christian Ethics
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Greek or Hebrew Exegesis
  • Communication for Impact and Interaction
  • Leadership for the Church in a Changing Environment

Al Thiessen, D.Min. (Program Coordinator)Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Angelle Arinobu, M.A. Asst. Prof of Counselling Psychology, Asst. Director of Mile Two

Daryl Climenhaga, D.Miss. Associate Professor of Global Studies

Stan Hamm, Ph.D. VP for Seminary, Assoc. Prof. of Educational & Christian Studies

Ed Neufeld, Ph.D. Professor of Biblical Studies

Rodolfo Nolasco, Th.D. Professor of Counselling Psychology

Sharon Pham, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology

Janice Priess, M.A. Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology

Glenys Wirch, D.Min. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Department Chair

Lissa Wray Beal, Ph.D. Professor of Old Testament

Graduates build careers in pastoral ministry, Christian education, worship ministry, youth leadership or para-church ministry. Others pursue doctoral studies.