Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership


Program Overview

The Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry is a 72 semester hour program. The M.Div. in Christian Ministry requires no coursework in New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew. The program provides the essentials for students desiring to enhance their practical ministry skills. The program provides preparation for the Doctor of Ministry program. The M.Div. in Christian Ministry provides training in Biblical Studies, Theology, Pastoral Ministry and Theological Research.

No biblical language work is required for the M.Div. (Christian Ministry) degree program. Emphasis is placed upon the English text of the Bible. Students will receive 36 semester hours of expositional training in the text of the English Bible from both the Old and New Testaments. Special emphasis is placed upon key books and groups of books that expound the history of Israel and the doctrine of the Church. Students will find that they have a grasp of the essentials of the Bible upon completing this program.

The Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry does not require a master’s thesis. Instead, the student will be challenged to improve critical thinking and writing skills through courses and through assignments required throughout the curriculum. ATS believes that all pastors and church leaders should be able to clearly delineate and present sound Bible lessons and sermons from the English text, and the program will help students achieve this goal in a practical manner.

The M.Div. (Christian Ministry) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program. Students are required to maintain a 2.50 GPA. Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to apply for the ATS Doctor of Ministry programs.

Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies 36 Semester Hours

BSIN5000 Dispensational Hermeneutics         Dr. J.B. Hixson           3 ONLINE
BSOT5000 OT Introduction                     Dr. James Gibson          3 ONLINE
BSOT5500 The Pentateuch                      Dr. Scott Osattin         3 ONLINE
OTBB6855 Isaiah                              Dr. John Nocera           3 ONLINE
OTBB6865 Daniel                              Dr. John Nocera           3 ONLINE
BSNT5000 NT Introduction                     Mr. Stephen Rost, Th.M.   3 ONLINE
NTBB6510 John I                              Dr. Soloman Patrick       3 ONLINE
NTBB6511 John II                             Dr. Soloman Patrick       3 ONLINE
NTBB6515 Romans                              Dr. Jimmy L. Hayes        3 ONLINE
NTBB6516 I Corinthians                       Dr. Andrew Spurgeon       3 ONLINE
NTBB6525 Prison Epistles                     Dr. Bryan Anderson        3 ONLINE
BSNT6500 Paul & James: The Gospel Defined    Dr. J.B. Hixson           3 ONLINE

Pastoral Ministry 18 Semester Hours

PCPM6150 Pastoral Counseling                 Dr. Daniel Moore          3 ONLINE
PCMN6100 Premarital Counseling               Dr. Daniel Moore          3
PCPM6330 Marriage Conflicts                  Dr. Cherry Hayes          3
PCPM6075 Bereavement Counseling              Dr. Jimmy Hayes           3
PCPM6100 Evangelism in the Local Church      Dr. Richard Fulton        3
MNEP5000 Expositional Preaching              Dr. Soloman Patrick       3 ONLINE 
MNEP5100 Sermon Preparation Practicum I      Advisor                   2
MNEP5150 Sermon Preparation Practicum II     Advisor                   2
MNEP5000 Ministry Practicum I                Advisor                   2
MNEP5100 Ministry Practicum II               Advisor                   2

Theology 9 Semester Hours

THEO 6370 Doctrine of Salvation              Dr. Gino Cascieri         3
THEO6400 Pastoral Theology                   Dr. William Seay          3
THEO6700 Practical Theology                  Dr. Jimmy Hayes           3

Research 9 Semester Hours

THWR7000 Research & Writing                  Advisor                   3
THRS6000 Theological Research I              Advisor                   3
THRS6100 Theological Research II             Advisor                   3

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