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The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a 136-hour interdisciplinary program designed primarily for those who desire to enter into full-time Christian ministry. The goal of the program is to equip students for Christian service through the integration of biblical, theological, and practical studies. The program also allows students to develop an emphasis in one of the following areas: Pastoral Care and Counseling, Missional Studies, Church History, Apologetics, Leadership, Expository Communication, Education, Youth Ministry, or Chaplaincy. An emphasis is established if the student takes a minimum of 24 hours in a specific area. The program is designed for (but not limited to) the following:

  1. Those who wish to serve the Church in a pastoral or missional role;
  2. Those who wish to serve as a chaplain in a clinical setting or in the United States military;
  3. Those who wish to have a well-rounded theological education that involves biblical languages integrated with biblical, theological, and practical disciplines; and
  4. Those who eventually want to apply to a Doctor of Ministry program.

The degree calls for students who demonstrate a potential for pastoral ministry, a faithful commitment to the Word of God, a heart for Christian service, and the personal discipline necessary to complete degree requirements. The standard academic prerequisite for the MDiv is a baccalaureate degree (minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited institution. Applicants must sign that they have read and are in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and will uphold it, and that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission or beginning on page 55.


  1. Acquire an ability to study the Bible in Hebrew and Greek and to conduct biblical exegesis in order to properly interpret the Scriptures;
  2. Acquire an ability to understand the creeds and doctrines of the historic Christian church;
  3. Acquire an ability to defend the orthodox teachings of the Bible;
  4. Acquire an ability to rightly proclaim and model the message of the Bible in the public forum;
  5. Acquire an ability to assume Christian leadership roles in a local or global environment and to administer educational and practical ministries in accordance with the Great Commission;
  6. Acquire an ability to use the Bible to interact with contemporary issues facing the church and society;
  7. Acquire an ability to provide professional pastoral care and basic counseling; and
  8. Acquire an ability to use the Scriptures for personal and corporate spiritual formation.


FIU accepts up to 24 hours of transfer credit toward the Master of Divinity degree for those involved in Military Chaplaincy training and practical ministry (see page 77, Military Chaplaincy Training Transfer Credits).

Click here to view the full program requirements in the academic catalog.