Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Oakland City University Chapman Seminary is founded on the conviction that God has intervened in human history for the purpose of bringing salvation.  The bible is the divinely inspired record of that intervention, which culminates in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ.  It contains that knowledge of God and of His will which is necessary for salvation.

The course offerings in the Seminary aim toward the goal of a theological education which equips persons called of God to be able ministers of His Word, skillful both in searching the Scriptures for their meaning and also in communicating and applying revealed truth in a contemporary context.  The curriculum is, therefore, constituted in three divisions:  Biblical Studies, Historical-Theological Studies, and Ministry Theory and Practice Studies.

Pastoral Care Concentration

Students who plan to serve as chaplains in hospitals or other institutions may choose to concentrate in the area of pastoral care. A Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Care is possible if the student is admitted to a residency program at an accredited institution. Deaconess Hospital, for example, is the local institution accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. A residency is usually a twelve (12)-month placement in which a student takes four (4) units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). These placements come with stipends. Openings are restricted, and successful acceptance is not guaranteed simply by having student status at the Chapman Seminary.

Degree Courses

  • Old Testament
  • Old Testament Hebrew
  • New Testament
  • New Testament Greek
  • Church History
  • Christian Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Study
  • Formation for Ministry
  • Evangelism
  • Church Administration
  • Christian Missions
  • Christian Education
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Homeletics


Admission Requirements

Requirements for unconditional admission to the Master of Theological Studies or the Master of Divinity program are as follows:

  1. A formal application for admission submitted to the Admissions Office together with the application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  3. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale, or a 2.75 average in the undergraduate major field.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge aptitude and ability for graduate work; one recommendation may come from the faculty of the Chapman Seminary.
  5. Submission of official transcripts of all undergraduate credits and any graduate credits earned.
  6. A formal statement of reasons for applying, making clear the motivation for entering the Seminary.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Divinity Degree

The completion of ninety (90) semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade point average of “C” on a 4.0 scale, is necessary to receive the MDiv degree.  This includes 21 semester hours of Biblical Studies, 18 semester hours of Historical-Theological Studies, 33 semester hours of Ministry Theory and Practice, and 18 semester hours of elective courses.

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