Posted: February 19, 2015
Since 1928, Hope International University’s (HIU) Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies has been equipping the next generation of servant leaders to impact the world for Christ. “We are pleased to announce the launch of our Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in June of this year,” reports Dr. Carl Toney, Chair of the Graduate Ministry Program at HIU. “This 72-unit degree is an expansion of our existing Master of Arts in Ministry degree and is the gold standard for leaders seeking ordination as pastors and chaplains.”
“Our new Master of Divinity is a cutting edge, fully online program that will prepare leaders for dynamic service for Christ and the church!” commented Dr. Joseph Grana, HIU’s Dean of Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies. The Master of Divinity is widely considered to be the foundational degree for professional clergy. Students interested in the M.Div. will be able to choose from several concentrations including: Christian Ministry and Leadership, Church Planting, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Formation, and Worship Ministry.
One of the compelling distinctives of HIU’s M.Div. program is that students who currently hold a M.A. from HIU may apply up to 36 units of their degree towards the completion of the MDiv. The core degree is 72 units with 12 of those units focusing in on the student’s chosen concentration. This will be a three-year degree, but it can be completed in two years if courses are taken year-round.
Alumni of HIU’s Graduate Ministry programs give glowing reviews of their educational experience. “This process has truly transformed me. I feel that not only have I received an enumerable amount of tools for ministry and the work God has vocationally called me to, but also tools for personal growth and self-evaluation, structure and framework for study and communication, and most importantly, a renewed confidence in Christ and all He can accomplish through the study of His Word and the grace of His faithfulness,” reflects Sean Stepleton, MA 2014.