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Master of Divinity

90 Semester Units are needed to graduate.

Mission Statement
The mission of Methodist Theological Seminary in America is to educate students to be competent, dedicated, and Methodist leaders who will serve the Korean Churches and to advance the cause of Christ around the world.

Purpose and the Program Objectives
The Master of Divinity program is designed to equip dedicated Christians for various ministries in the church setting, including the ordained ministries of instruction and leadership in the church. This program emphasizes developing the capacity to study and communicate the Christian Scriptures and the theological traditions and the capacity to model and facilitate Christian spiritual formation and communal practices.

The objectives of the program are that students be equipped:
• to serve as pastors
• to serve with a world perspective on ministry

Admission Requirements
Admission to Methodist Theological Seminary in America’s Master of Divinity Program is based on the following factors: 1) the student’s academic record (at least a 2.5 grade point average) in his/her undergraduate studies, and 2) two recommendations secured from the individual’s pastor, a faculty member connected with the student’s undergraduate program, and from one additional character reference.

Any person desiring to enter either school must submit the following:
1. The appropriate application including the names and addresses of three individuals as references, as described above,
2. Official transcripts of the school(s) previously attended (photocopies or transcripts in opened envelopes will not be accepted),
3. Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from MTSA or college.
4. Must be at least 18 years of age and in good health.
5. Demonstrate ability to read and write either English or Korean at the college entrance level. Level test will be required.

Program Requirements
The Master of Divinity program consists of 90 units of course work, including field education. Students pursuing their studies full time can complete the program within three academic years.

Students receive the Master of Divinity degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:
• Bible and Theology requirement: 45 semester units
• Professional ministry requirement: 30 semester units
• Unit Requirement: a minimum of 90 semester units
• Residence requirement: 45 units to be taken at MTSA

The following courses are required.

Biblical and Theological Studies 45 Units

Theological Studies 27 Units

ST511 Systematic Theology (3)
ST611 Doctrine of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit (3)
ST612 Modern Theology (3)
ST711 Methodist Theology (3)
CE511 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3)
CH511 Church History (3)
CH611 History of Doctrine (3)
CH711 History of Methodist Church (3)
WR511 World Religions (3)

Biblical Studies 18 Units

OT521 Introduction to Old Testament (3)
OT621 Hermeneutics of Old Testament (3)
OT721 Theology of Old Testament (3)
NT521 Introduction to New Testament (3)
NT621 Hermeneutics of New Testament (3)
NT721 Theology of New Testament (3)

Professional Studies 30 Units

PT531 Introduction to Practical Theology (3)
PT631 Homiletic and Liturgy (3)
PT632 Preaching and Communication (3)
PT731 Christian Spirituality (3)
MS531 Theology of Missiology (3)
MS631 Global perspective on Ministry (3)
CS531 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (3)
CS631 Mental Illness and Pastoral Cares (3)
CE531 Introduction to Christian Education (3)
PT539 Church Internship (1unit x3 semester (3)

Elective 15 Units

NT622 Biblical Greek (3)
OT622 Biblical Hebrew (3)
PT732 The Doctrine and Discipline of the KMC (3)
PT733 Wesley's Spirituality (3)
MS731 The Church Growth (3)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Theological Studies

ST511 Systematic Theology (3units)
A systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and the Churches. Related areas covered will be the way of salvation, the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and so on.

ST611 Doctrine of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit (3units)
This course is a systematic and analytical study of the Christian doctrine of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. This course focuses on their relationship and their function in the Trinity, and on their origin of these doctrines, their development from the Church Fathers to reformers and contemporary theological applications of these doctrines after the Reformation.
* Prerequisite: ST511 or instructor’s approval

TS612 Modern Theology (3 units)
This course is a study of major nineteenth and twentieth century Christian theologians who have contributed to theological and cultural development. Special attention is given to the intellectual impact of the Enlightenment and major historical events of the nineteenth and twentieth century on the formation of contemporary theology.
* Prerequisite: ST511 or instructor’s approval

ST711 Methodist Theology (3units)
A study of an overview of the history and doctrine of the Methodist movement. This course is focusing on the life, work, and theology of John Wesley and the Wesleyan roots of Methodism as well as on the Korean Methodist experience.
* Prerequisite: ST511 or instructor’s approval

CE511 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3units)
The methodology of ethics, a subcategory of philosophy, will be examined in the light of the biblical and theological perspectives. Also, the student will be led to include an analysis of Christian responsibility concerning the impact of ethics in a number of contemporary social concerns.

CH511 Church History (3units)
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the major events in the life of the church. A primary method in the course will be the study of individuals who made major contributions to the life of the church over the centuries. This course will focus on formative theological, cultural, sociological and historical factors in church history.

CH611 History of Doctrine (3units)
This course will explore the theology and doctrine of the Christian Church and the contributions of the various denominational Churches to the theological and doctrinal discussion.
* Prerequisite: CH511 or instructor’s approval

CH711 History of Methodist Church (3units)
This course is an introduction to the history of the Wesleyan movement with a particular focus on the United Methodist Church and its antecedent bodies. While giving primary weight to the history of Methodism, we will also discuss the theological and doctrinal dimensions of early Methodist teaching. Contemporary theological and doctrinal developments will be more closely examined in the United Methodist Polity and Contemporary Doctrine course (previously named UM Doctrine and Polity) than in this one.
* Prerequisite: CH511 or instructor’s approval

WR511 World Religions (3 units)
This course is a general introduction to the basic religious concerns of humanity, and the ways in which religions have developed in Eastern and Western history, giving intellectual, moral, and institutional expression to the meaning of human existence.

Biblical Studies

OT521 Introduction to Old Testament (3)
This course will cover selected topics and significant issues found in the Old Testament. Topics including: obedience and disobedience, the holiness of God, social justices as a condition of remaining in the promised land, prophecy, Jerusalem as the city of God, will be discussed.

OT621 Hermeneutics of Old Testament (3units)
A study of the interpretation of the OT. This course introduces various historical criticisms and newly introduced literary criticisms and offers exegetical method to understand the present text and to apply it to the Christian life.

OT721 Theology of Old Testament (3units)
This course will survey the historical, literary, cultural and theological heritage in ancient Israel from its earliest beginnings to the start of the Christian era. Special attention will be paid to the geographical and historical contexts in which the Jewish scriptures arose, their social settings, political biases, and theological message
* Prerequisite: OT521 or instructor’s approval

NT521 Introduction to New Testament (3units)
This course will cover selected topics and significant issues found in the New Testament. The topics in this course will include: God’s unconditional love, the meaning of the incarnation for ministry, God’s sovereignty vs. human agency, the Great Commission, eschatology, and the spiritual gifts, will be discussed.

NT621 Hermeneutics of New Testament (3units)
A study of the interpretation of the NT. This course introduces various historical criticisms and newly introduced literary criticisms and offers exegetical method to understand the present text and to apply it to the Christian life.

NT721 Theology of New Testament (3units)
This course will survey the historical, literary, cultural and theological heritage in early churches. Special attention will be paid to the historical and theological issues that threatened the existence of the early churches. This course also offers the social settings, political biases, and theological message of each book of the NT.
* Prerequisite: NT521 or instructor’s approval

Professional Studies

PT531 Introduction to Practical Theology (3units)
This course is an introductory study of the practical theology. This course offers students to make essential connections between theology and ministry. This course examines the methods of application of the theoretical theology to the ministry field.

PT631 Homiletics and Liturgy (3units)
This course is an introduction to the basic objectives of preaching. This course emphasizes the organization of sermon materials. Specific issues of content for preaching are thoroughly considered in the advanced sermon courses.
This course also provides an overview that includes a study of the biblical and historical perspectives of Christian worship. The major course emphasis focuses on the pastor’s role in formulating and leading worship services.
* Prerequisite: PT531 or instructor’s approval

PT632 Preaching and Communication (3units)
This course is an introductory course that walks the student through the key concepts of preaching, communication and culture. Through the course current methods and techniques of preaching will be examined. Topics that will be studied include: barriers to intercultural communication; amelioration techniques, dimensions of culture; multiculturalism; women, family, and children; and culture’s influence on perception.
* Prerequisite: PT531 or instructor’s approval

PT731 Christian Spirituality (3units)
This course is an introduction of the Christian Spirituality. This course examines the development of Christian spirituality as articulated by select spiritual writers with attention to its essential elements.
* Prerequisite: PT531 or instructor’s approval

MS531 Theology of Missiology (3units)
This course is a study of basic understanding of Missiology. This course combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies.

MS631 Global Perspective on Ministry (3units)
This course focuses on global realities against the backdrop of the grand design of the mission of God, and the response of the church in the light of these realities. Additionally, the course will highlight currents that will propel the future church along with the marks of mission in the 21st Century.
* Prerequisite: MS531 or instructor’s approval

CS531 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (3units)
This course is a course dealing with counseling characteristics, counseling needs, counseling techniques, and counseling dangers. Also featured will be the pastor-counselor’s relationship to his/her family, staff (volunteer and professional), and his/her peers. The aim of this course is to prepare pastor-counselors with resources, confidence, and delight in intervention therapy and healing. Additionally, the course will focus on the liability and insurance issues that modify what the pastor can or cannot do in pastoral counseling.

CS631 Mental Illness and Pastoral Cares (3units)
This course is a course dealing with principles of psychological and biblical counseling that provides ministry to the mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally ill person. This study is integrated with other more traditional aspects of pastoral care. Self-understanding and listening skills as well as religious resources and exercises such as Scripture, prayer, and openness and obedience to the inner direction of the Holy Spirit are emphasized.
* Prerequisite: CS531 or instructor’s approval

CE531 Introduction to Christian Education (3units)
This course is a study of educational philosophies with an emphasis on promoting Christian growth through educational planning and evaluation.

PT539 Church Internship (3 semester) 1 unit/semester
This course provides an opportunity to work actively and to try new skills, as well as to observe, evaluate and learn in a professional ministry situation.

Elective

NT622 Biblical Greek (3units)
The first semester is a basic introduction to Koine Greek as the original written language of the New Testament. Emphasis is given to learning: the Greek alphabet, proper pronunciation, simple vocabulary, and the most foundational grammatical constructions. In addition, the more easily read portions of the New Testament and translated together.

OT622 Biblical Hebrew (3units)
An introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of biblical Hebrew will form the core of the first semester. Emphasis is given to learning the Hebrew alphabet, proper pronunciation, simple vocabulary, and the most foundational grammatical constructions. In addition, the more easily read portions of the Old Testament and translated together.

PT732 The Doctrines and Rules of the Korean Methodist Church (3units)
In this course, we will learn and discuss the theological and doctrinal dimensions of Korean Methodist heritages. Contemporary rules of the Korean Methodist Church will be explained in detail.
* Prerequisite: PT531 or instructor’s approval

PT733 Wesley’s Spirituality (3units)
This course will examine theological underpinnings of Wesley’s doctrines of sanctification and perfection with an eye toward the contemporary challenges faced by our denomination. Drawing upon the General Rules of the Wesleyan tradition; avoid evil, do good, and use the means of grace, we will explore the implications of going on to perfection for our covenant together as clergy and for the churches we serve.
* Prerequisite: PT531 or instructor’s approval

MS731 The Church Growth (3units)
A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
* Prerequisite: MS531 or instructor’s approval