fbpx

MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE

Our Master of Divinity program is the “gold standard” for ministry degrees. Its aim is to equip God’s Kingdom workers for a wide variety of vocational ministerial roles, including the local church, parachurch organizations, missions, and chaplaincy (e.g. military, hospital).


What Makes Our Degree Unique:

A cohort model with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays because we learn best in a thriving community.

Because master-level education should build upon a solid foundation, the curriculum features advanced courses while avoiding the repetition of undergraduate introductory courses.

Students study the Bible, Theology, and Practical Theology in paired courses across disciplines because real-life ministry requires integrated thinking.

We have an engaging flipped classroom approach for biblical languages because we learn best in safe spaces of trial and error.

Students develop their leadership skills in three apprenticeships, serving under a ministry leader and gaining over 450 hours of hands-on experience because practitioners need intentional practice.

Students are able to meet for a weeklong intensive course with senior scholars and community pastors/leaders because we believe academic theology belongs to the church.

Gospel of John, for example, is co-taught with Worship and Discipleship.

** In 2020, for example, the course Lament: Then and Now brought together senior scholars, local ministers, counselors, and community leaders, to reflect theologically in the areas of worship, discipleship, counseling, and community engagement. In 2015, the course Epistle of James and an “Urban Plunge” brought together New Testament studies and theological reflection, as students traveled to Miami to explore how ministries are serving the disadvantaged, displaced, and vulnerable.

Dual and Joint Masters Degrees

  • Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Divinity/M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Divinity/M.S., Leadership
  • Master of Divinity/M.A., Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Divinity/M.A., Philosophy of Religion

Four Master of Divinity Concentrations:

  • Bible Translation
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Philosophy of Religion

Apprenticeships

Because the MDiv emphasizes the integrated nature of academic study and practical ministry, students will serve in three apprenticeships under an approved supervisor. PBA makes every effort to help those students find meaningful apprenticeship opportunities that will contribute to their growth in their specific callings.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

MDiv students have a unique opportunity to develop and integrate theological knowledge and pastoral skills in a wide variety of clinical contexts through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), including:

    • Hospitals
    • Extended care facilities
    • Social-service organizations
    • Social-justice organizations
    • Congregational settings

COURSE TITLES & DESCRIPTIONS

Students will examine the historical-critical context, literary content, and theological message of the book of Genesis. MDiv students will also integrate the study of Genesis with a study of the early church, with special emphasis on the doctrines of God, creation, humanity (imago Dei), and sin.

Students will analyze the historical context, epistolary features, and theological message of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. MDiv students will also integrate the study of 1 Corinthians with a study of ministry leadership.

Students will examine the ways in which the local and global Church participates in the missio Dei, with special emphasis on gospel proclamation and prophetic calls for social justice. MDiv students will also integrate the study of the missio Dei with a study of Acts of the Apostles.

Students will analyze the ways in which Christian ethical formation and discourse are generated in the life and practice of the church, with special emphasis on the biblical and theological foundations of Christian moral decision-making. Students will then analyze contemporary ethical issues in the light of Christian traditions of moral theology. MDiv students will also integrate the study of Christian ethics with a study of global the book of the Twelve.

Students will examine the historical context, narrative structure, and theological message of the Acts of the Apostles, with special emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit among the people of God. MDiv students will also integrate the study of Acts with the missio Dei (“mission of God”).

Students will analyze the literary content, canonical shape, and theological message of Book of the Twelve (i.e. the Minor Prophets). MDiv students will also integrate the study of the Book of the Twelve with a study of Christian Ethics.

Students will analyze the literary features, narrative structure, and theological message of the Gospel of John. MDiv students will also integrate the study of the Gospel of John with a study of worship and discipleship in Christian ministry.

Students will analyze global (i.e. non-Western) forms and movements of Christian faith and practice and will evaluate their significance for the life of the church. MDiv students will also integrate the study of global Christianity with a study of the Psalter.

CAREER OUTCOMES

  • Bivocational ministry
  • Volunteer leadership in churches or non-profit ministries
  • Further graduate work in biblical studies or theology

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • New annual $2,000 scholarship you may be eligible to receive
  • Graduate student worker opportunities 

Paracurricular Initiatives

Our learning community comes together for an annual Faith and Culture Forum. For this daylong event, we invite scholars and leaders to our campus to address important contemporary issues. The 2020 forum was “A Dialogue on Racism: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We welcomed Jemar Tisby (author of The Color of Compromise), Rev Dr. John Nunes (President, Concordia College, NY), and Dr. Oscar Garcia-Johnson (Assistant Provost for the Center of the Study of Hispanic Church, Fuller Theological Seminary). 

 

The final evening was a panel discussion held at the historic Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and included community leaders and pastors. The 2020 forum was “War and Peace.” We welcomed Professor Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford), Dr. J. Daryl Charles (Acton Institute), Dr. Janna Hunter-Bowman (Mennonite Biblical Seminary), and Dr. Myles Werntz (Logsdon Seminary). Breakout lectures covered topics such as immigration, humanitarian intervention, drone warfare, and peacemaking.

At the heart of what we do each week, however, is community chapel and lunch. Chapel is led by a student chapel team, and we draw in local community leaders to speak into the lives of our students. Following worship, we continue in our fellowship with community lunch, which is provided by the school (at a subsidized price). Students and faculty share their lives with one another around the table.

Faculty Members Doing Cutting-Edge Work in the Real World

Dr. Brittany N. Melton

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Brittany N. Melton (PhD, Cambridge) is delivering the 2020 Tyndale Old Testament Lecture, “Towards an Old Testament Theology of Hospitality.” She is currently writing the New Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms (Baker Academic) and a commentary on Esther (Bible in God’s World Series; Cascade). Dr. Melton serves as Co-Chair of the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Group, is on the ETS Wisdom Committee, and is an elder at Providencia Church (ECO Presbyterian). 

http://cambridge.academia.edu/BrittanyMelton

Dr. Ryan Gladwin

Associate Professor of Ministry and Theology

Dr. Ryan Gladwin (PhD, Edinburgh) is the author of Streams of Latin American Protestant Theology (Brill) and the forthcoming Towards a Liberating Latin American Ecclesiology: The Local Church as a Transformative Historical Project (Pickwick). He has numerous chapters in edited books and has broad research interests that include Latin American and Latinx religion and theology, Anabaptism, Pentecostalism, Christian ethics, and practical theology. He has served with the Mennonite USA South Eastern Conference among the Latinx community and in activism for issues of immigration and racial reconciliation. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Latin American Theological Fraternity. Dr Gladwin is also the Coordinator of the BA, Ministry (Spanish) and the Christian Social Ministry Program.

Dr. Kathy Maxwell

Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Kathy Maxwell (PhD, Baylor) teaches students the biblical storytelling technique as a fresh approach to critical study, as well as for reaching a wide range of people with the story of God. She is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International, for which she was the annual keynote speaker in 2019, and she contributes to Biblical Performance Criticism. For eight years, she served on the Steering Committee for the SBL Section on Performance Criticism and the Bible and Other Ancient Texts. Locally, she is on the planning committee for PBA’s national Art of Storytelling Conference, in its third year, which focuses on different modes of storytelling (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, painting, sculpture, dance, journalism). Area churches and community groups regularly invite Dr. Maxwell to tell biblical stories and to train others to do the same. She attends Community of Hope, the fastest growing UMC church in America.

The Master of Divinity Degree is a 72 credit-hour degree.

Undergraduate Requirements:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry or Biblical Studies from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 24 hours of specified, pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale

The estimated tuition for the entire M.Div. program is $41,580*. This includes tuition for 72 credit hours ($515 per credit) and the Resource Fee ($298 per semester). This is based on the two-year full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial aid may include work study programs and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year at www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine eligibility. Contact finaid@pba.edu with all financial questions.

Classes are available on-campus in West Palm Beach and also as a hybrid platform, combining synchronous online with periodic study weeks in West Palm Beach.

CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION:
(561) 803-2082

Let us know what's the best way to reach you. Fill out at least one: your email or phone number.