2017-2018 Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Master of Divinity, M.Div.

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Carlos Lonberger, M.A., Coordinator

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is widely known among many graduate institutions of theological education for its role in the preparation of ministers. The purpose of this program is to prepare men and women for Christian ministry in many different contexts with concentrations in Pastoral Ministry, Family Ministry, Urban Ministry, Pastoral Leadership, Chaplaincy; as well as the academic fields of Theology and Bible. The course of study in the M.Div. provides a comprehensive education in Bible, theology, church history, and practical studies. It also features the requirement for “mentored ministry” in which a student engages in ministry under the guidance and direction of experienced ministerial guides. As with the other ministerial master’s degrees at Olivet, the M.Div. integrates the academic study with the mentored ministry to provide a comprehensive ministerial education.

For the chaplaincy concentration, students have the opportunity to use the mentored ministry courses in chaplaincy settings to earn Clinical Pastoral Education credits. For students with the goal of hospital chaplaincy, this may be particularly helpful. However, the student can also do the mentored ministry in local church settings; some positions, such as the military chaplaincy, may prefer the student to have local church ministerial experience as part of their background. The program can be completed on a three-year or four-year plan.


72 hours

Required Core Curriculum: (42 hours)

Biblical Literature: 12 credit hours

Theology: 12 credit hours

Free Electives: 6 credit hours

Students can select cross-listed courses from any discipline to experience a well-balanced course selection.

Concentrations: (30 hours)


Students in the Pastoral Leadership path will lose one of their free elective slots to offset the additional cousework required in this concentration.


Students seeking national board certification for chaplaincy need 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.


The concentrations in Pastoral Ministry, Family Ministry, Urban Ministry, and Pastoral Leadership incorporate the field specific course work of the respective M.A. programs offered through the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.


A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better is required to complete this program. No course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than C.

Program Format

The M.Div. at Olivet follows a variety of time periods, course formats, and teaching methods; intensive modules, half-semester courses, full-semester courses, lecturing, mentoring, internships, seminars, papers, and projects. It should be noted that the majority of courses last a semester. To complete this program, the student must be able to commute regularly to Olivet’s home campus in Bourbonnais. For a more detailed explanation of the various course formats, please refer to “Academic Policies - SGCS: Program Formats ”.

Time Limits

The maximum time allotment for completion of this program is six years.

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