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  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

    Purpose
    The Master of Divinity prepares students to enter ministry as ordained religious leaders or as lay professional ministers. United’s program emphasizes Bible, theology, ethics, evangelism, preaching and worship, ministry formation, church history, pastoral care and church renewal. It meets the requirements for ordination in most major Protestant denominations.


    Overview
    Comprehensive in academic focus and process, the Master of Divinity program includes rigorous coursework in both academic and practical disciplines, along with the intentional worship and community life necessary for personal and professional development in ministry.


    Credits Required
    57 Hours Required Courses

    21 Hours Electives

    Assessment (non-credit requirements)


    Curriculum
    Online Student Orientation: Required program introducing Theological Education

    Contextual-ed


    Time for Degree Completion

    3 years full time study


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  • M.Div. Concentrations and Emphases

    M.Div. with Church Renewal Concentration

    How can we bring new life to struggling congregations? The Master of Divinity concentration in Church Renewal at United Theological Seminary equips students to address this very question. The basic conviction of this program is that all renewal – whether of individuals, churches, or the Church Universal – begins with the work of the Holy Spirit. Renewal is not just about numbers. It is about creating faithful, committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We are engaged therefore in a vital conversation with church leaders about ways in which we can come alongside the work of the Spirit in leading people into lives of faithfulness. Students in this program learn not only from our full-time faculty, but from clergy who have been leaders in renewal at the local-church level. The church needs dynamic, well-equipped leaders. At United Theological Seminary, our goal is to produce such leaders in service to Jesus Christ.

    United's Church Renewal Concentration now has two tracks or emphases: 

    Leadership Emphasis: This emphasis will enable students to provide leadership in a variety of areas related to the renewal of the church, including the renewal of worship, missions and evangelism, Christian initiation and formation, and media communications in an increasingly digital culture and world.

    NEW! Emphasis in Global Charismatic Studies: This emphasis was created to meet the growing demand in theological education for instruction in Pentecostal, Charismatic and Renewal studies. Pentecostals and Charismatics comprise the fastest growing and largest Protestant constituency in the world.  Its influence extends into mainline and evangelical Protestantism around the globe.  

    This new emphasis will meet a three-fold need:

    1. To study the phenomenal growth of this global movement so we can understand and learn from it.

    2. To provide students with sound theological, biblical and historical foundations for understanding this amazing movement of the Spirit.

    3. To instruct in the implementation of sound Spirit-filled practices for the salvation of the world and the health and growth of the Church. 

    Students will choose 9 hours of courses from the following: Holiness, Pentecostal and Chrismatic Renewal Movements; Foundations for Church Renewal; Charismatic Renewal Theology; Global Christian Renewal; and Charismatic Ministry and Practices. 

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    M.Div. with Care Giving Concentration
    The Care Giving concentration provides a theological foundation for pastoral care giving ministry and incorporates human science theory and practical skills training appropriate for pastoral assessment and intervention.

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    M.Div. Concentration in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

    The M.Div. concentration in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies is designed for students who wish to go deeper in learning about the resources of this rich theological heritage. Students may engage with Wesley’s sermons and other writings, Wesleyan hymns, the EUB Heritage of the UMC, practices of Methodist class meetings, and movements centered around holiness and sanctification.

    For the M.Div. with Wesleyan-Methodist Studies Concentration students may select any course focused within the Wesleyan tradition including but not limited to the list below:

    Wesleyan-Methodist Studies Electives (9 sem. hrs.)

    CH519 Methodists, Evangelicals, United Brethren and Women’s Ordination

    CH603 John Wesley Seminar

    CH605 Pietism

    CH610 Evangelical United Brethren Seminar

    CR515 Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal Movements

    DN509 United Methodist General Conference

    ST638 Wesleyan Theology

    PW510 United Methodist Worship*

    Electives (12 sem. hrs.)

    These courses are chosen by the student in consultation with her or his advisor. Students may wish to use these electives for courses required by their denomination.

     

    *Courses used to fulfill M.Div. requirements will not also count as Church Renewal Concentration electives

     


  • West Virginia In-Context M.Div.

    Contact: Janet Flanagan
    jflanagan@united.edu | 304.342.9222


    Purpose
    The In-Context Master of Divinity is designed for clergy and those preparing to enter full-time ministry as ordained religious leaders in geographical areas that are not otherwise readily served by a United Methodist Seminary.

    The curriculum for the West Virginia program is structured by design and coursed schedule to meet the personal and professional needs and interests of those pursuing theological education while ministering to local churches.   It meets the requirements for ordination in most major Protestant denominations.


    Overview
    Designed with the same rigor as the Dayton program, the In-Context curriculum is comprehensive in academic focus and process. Faculty and coursework are shared between the campus in Ohio and the West Virginia site, West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. Students participate in online coursework and have the opportunity to participate in the Distance Learning program by choosing online courses as part of their curriculum.


    Credits Required
    57 Hours Required Courses

    21 Hours Electives

    Assessment (non-credit requirements)


    Curriculum
    Online Student Orientation: Required program introducing Theological Education

    Contextual-ed


    Concentrations
    Church Renewal

    Care Giving


    Time for Degree Completion
    2.5 to 3 years full time study


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  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)

    Purpose
    The M.A. in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.) is designed to equip persons for leadership and service in various areas related to the Christian community’s public life and practice. It is designed for those preparing for the work of Deacon in The United Methodist Church; those who are seeking ordination in a denomination that requires a 45-semester hour seminary degree; those seeking to supplement existing professional specialties with theological studies; and laypersons who seek to serve the church with specific competencies.


    Overview
    The M.A.C.M is designed to develop the personal spiritual characteristics necessary for Christian ministry, provide a solid background in the theories undergirding Christian ministry, and to help students utilize them for the practice of ministry.


    Credits Required
    45 semester hours


    Curriculum
    30 semester hours of courses in basic theological studies

    15 hours of electives

    Experiences of personal and professional formation

    Students may, if they wish, select an emphasis in Care Giving, Christian Education, Worship, Church Renewal or UM Deacon Studies.


    Time for Degree Completion
    2 years full-time study

    Course schedules are developed to accommodate both full-time and part-time study. Working in a placement of more than twenty hours each week may extend the time it takes to complete the degree.


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  • Master of Theological Studies

    Purpose
    The Master of Theological Studies degree program is designed for persons who wish to pursue the academic study of religion or to increase their religious understanding and their ministerial capacity to serve the Church and community.


    Overview
    The M.T.S. degree provides a solid basis in theological foundations including bible, theology, and church history, and introduces methodologies involved in the academic study of religion.


    Credits Required
    48 semester hours


    Curriculum
    Basic Theological Studies: 21 sem. hrs.

    Concentration and Project: 18 sem. hrs.

    M.T.S. Colloquy: 3 sem. hrs.

    Electives: 6 sem. hrs.


    Time for Degree Completion
    Minimum: 2 to 3 years full time study


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