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Curriculum and Program Requirements

North Park's MDiv is designed to equip women and men to be knowledgeable and spiritually sensitive ministers in the Christian church at home and abroad. View the full list of degree outcomes in the North Park Theological Seminary catalog.

This degree can be completed in three years of full-time study, although many students choose to extend the program and utilize distance-learning options.

Please note: 30 credit hours required in residence at the main campus.

Bible and Languages, 27 credits

Along with foundational Old and New Testament Bible courses, biblical languages are important tools for effective pastoral ministry. Six semester hours of both Greek and Hebrew are required for the MDiv degree. North Park offers these languages as intensive summer courses, as well as during the academic year.

Before enrolling in Introduction to Greek Exegesis, anyone who has not had a passing grade in two terms of beginning Greek within one year prior must pass a proficiency exam. Each person in the MDiv program must satisfactorily complete the Greek and Hebrew sequences or demonstrate comparable proficiency in the judgment of the biblical field faculty prior to the beginning of the final year of studies.

  • BIBL 5109 New Testament Greek I
  • BIBL 5110 New Testament Greek II
  • BIBL 5111 New Testament Greek Exegesis
  • BIBL 5150 Interpreting the New Testament I
  • BIBL 5151 Interpreting the New Testament II
  • BIBL 6100 Biblical Hebrew I
  • BIBL 6101 Biblical Hebrew II
  • BIBL 6120 Interpreting the Old Testament I
  • BIBL 6121 Interpreting the Old Testament II

History, 9 credits

  • HSTY 5200 Christian Heritage I: The Early and Medieval Church
  • HSTY 5201 Christian Heritage II: The Reformation and Modern Church
  • HSTY 7300 History and Theology of the Covenant Church
  • Students from a denomination other than the Evangelical Covenant Church will substitute a course in their home denomination’s history, theology, and polity for HSTY 7300, which may be taken through cross-registration at another school in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, or as a directed study with North Park faculty

Theology, 12 credits

  • THEO 6330 Christian Theology
  • THEO 7203 Christian Worship
  • THEO 7220 Christian Ethics
  • THEO 7350 Doctrinal Topic

Spiritual Formation, 5 credits

The spiritual formation sequence seeks to integrate the ongoing spiritual and academic dimensions of the seminary experience in order to facilitate conscious growth in personal and corporate spiritual life. The sequence includes five, one-credit courses which focus on the critical issues and practices for spiritual growth, including prayer, reflection, spiritual direction, and service in the church:

  • SPFM 5201 Spiritual Journey
  • SPFM 5202 Spiritual Practices
  • SPFM 6303 Embodiment
  • SPFM 6304 Spiritual Direction and Solitude
  • SPFM 7205 Hostility to Hospitality

Ministry, 6 credits

  • MNST 5212 Introduction to Preaching
  • MNST 6122 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

Christian Formation: 3 credits

Students may select any three-credit course with the prefix CEDF.

Leadership, 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • CEDF 6228 Management Issues in Youth Ministry
  • MNST 5171 Rural Church and Culture
  • MNST 6150 Pastoring the Missional Church
  • MNST 6266 Church Planting
  • MNST 7361 Leadership and Empowering the Laity for Church Growth
  • On occasion, a 7190 Topics course which is not offered on a regular basis will fulfill an area requirement

Living Responsibly in the Realm of God, 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MNST 5130 Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health
  • MNST 5137 Faith, Health, and Community Development
  • MNST 5220 Exploring the Mission of God
  • MNST 6224 Pastoral Care and Community Justice
  • MNST 6280 Mobilizing for Justice
  • THEO 6332 Thought of Wendell Berry
  • On occasion, a 7190 Topics course which is not offered on a regular basis will fulfill an area requirement

Evangelism, 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MNST 5152 Mission Strategy and Methodology
  • MNST 6264 Communicating the Faith in the Contemporary World
  • MNST 6266 Church Planting
  • MNST 7306 Evangelism and Discipleship
  • On occasion, a 7190 Topics course which is not offered on a regular basis will fulfill an area requirement

Church and World, 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MNST 5156 Mission and Ministry in Latin America
  • MNST 5157 Mission and Ministry in Asia
  • MNST 5158 Mission and Ministry in Africa
  • MNST 5175 Global Partnership: Practicing Biblical Koinonia
  • MNST 6127 Pastoral Care and Counseling in Urban Contexts
  • MNST 6150 Pastoring the Missional Church
  • MNST 6151 Cultural Dimensions of Mission
  • MNST 6224 Pastoral Care and Community Justice
  • MNST 6264 Communicating the Faith in the Contemporary World
  • MNST 6277 Religions and Cultures
  • MNST 6401 Sankofa: Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation
  • MNST 7140 God’s Global Vision: Biblical Foundations of Mission
  • On occasion, a 7190 Topics course which is not offered on a regular basis will fulfill an area requirement

Interdisciplinary Core Elective, 3 credits

  • BIBL 6263 Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healing
  • BIBL 6280 Women, the Bible, and the Church
  • BIBL 6290 Ethnic American Biblical Interpretation
  • BIBL 7190 The Gospel: Its Understanding, Appropriation, and Application
  • BIBL/MNST 6220 Biblical Preaching
  • CEDF 7190 Incorporating Children in Worship
  • HSTY 7310 Wilderness and Faith
  • MNST 5131 Spiritual Issues in Chronic Illness and Disability
  • MNST 6301 Religion, Spirituality and Health
  • MNST 7140 God's Global Vision: Biblical Foundations of Mission
  • THEO 6332 Thought of Wendell Berry
  • Students may select any three credit elective course taught by at least two professors in separate fields of study
  • Enrollment in BIBL 6262 in conjunction with the North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture may fulfill this requirement

General Electives, 15 credits

Field Education, 11 credits

You are required to complete 11 Field Education credits in addition to the 92 academic credit hours required for your degree:

Graduation Requirements

The master of divinity is awarded to students meeting the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a Bible exam and psychological evaluation; successful completion of End of Studies evaluation.
  2. The completion of 92 semester hours of academic course work, plus 11 Field Education credit hours.
  3. A grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained. No grade under C- shall be counted toward the degree.
  4. Exemplification of a quality of life and commitment suitable for ministry.
  5. No outstanding incomplete grades later than week seven of the term in which they plan to graduate.
  6. Complete payment of all accounts and fees to the Seminary.
  7. Completion of the degree within seven years from the time of matriculation.

Full requirements for graduation are noted in the North Park Theological Seminary catalog.

Master of Divinity Graduation