The Master of Divinity in Biblical Ministry is a general degree designed to:

  • be appropriate for students in their current positions of leadership in general Christian ministry
  • reflect the VCI Graduate School’s unique approach of Integrated Leadership Development (ILD) with church-based sites
  • be consistent with ordination requirements in supporting churches
  • provide a pathway for Christian leaders whose first degree is not necessarily in theology.

Students will be able to practice independently as Christian ministers, with skills defined in terms of particular cultural milieus and areas of gifting. In particular, they will be able to:

  • interpret the Scriptures independently on an advanced level
  • apply and communicate biblical truths in personal and ministry contexts
  • do theology in context
  • provide leadership to others
  • train others in line with unique principles of Integrated Leadership Development as competent Christian leaders
  • apply advanced skills in ministry
  • learn independently through professional and personal reflection
  • identify a significant need in their own ministry context
  • define it in terms of an area of specialization and a particular cultural milieu
  • systematically address it with an original project.

The Master of Divinity must be done over a period of not less than three years from initial enrollment and not more than eight years except in cases of recognition of prior learning.

The Master of Divinity includes a major project, in which students write up their implementation of the project units.

The project must reflect evidence of the following:

  • Show analytical appreciation of a topic in a ministry context that makes a significant contribution to the scholarly discussion in its field of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate initiative and independent thought.
  • Reflect good professional practice.
  • Show proficiency in research methods and techniques.
  • Use scholarly style and presentation appropriate to an academic manuscript.

See the latest catalog for prerequisites for admission and unit descriptions.