Rationale of the Degree
In essence, divinity is a study that centers on Christian ideals, ministry and theology. This degree type can lead into a variety of careers. However, when talking specifically about a divinity degree, there are three types available, including a Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity. For those that want to continue study after having graduated with a Bachelor of Theology/Divinity, a Master of Divinity is the next step to take. Furthermore, when attending any college or university, it’s important that the student make sure that the divinity program he/she is taking has been accredited by the Association of Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA). Moreover, for the non-Bachelor of Theology graduate, the student must undertake a minimum of three and a half years study in Divinity in order to be qualified for ordination.
Hence, CPU College of Theology offers the Master of Divinity to those who want to continue their study after having graduated with a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Divinity. It is a degree for students with a degree in Theology and a primary theological degree for those who graduated in another area.
The reason for offering the Master of Divinity is to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry and lay sound foundations in the key theological disciplines within local churches as well as para-church and related organizations. It provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles.
Purpose of the Degree
The purpose of the M.Div. program is to equip the students with knowledge and skills for ministerial leadership in the congregation and church-related institutions. The program is also offered to provide advanced theological education which is reflective of the religious heritage, the cultural context, and the intellectual, personal, spiritual, and pastoral formation that is necessary for the Ministry.
The Goal of the Program
The students enrolled in this program possess more critical and in-depth grasp of the biblical tradition, appreciation of the Asian culture and context, and have a more developed understanding of the ministry and pastoral identity.