Overview

Bethel Seminary San Diego offers the Master of Divinity degree in two delivery systems in either a single language or dual language option:

  • Traditional
  • InMinistry

For a list of degree requirements sorted by language option, please refer to the "Single Language" and "Dual Language" degree requirements pages.

Concentrations Available in San Diego

Master of Divinity students are not required to must declare a concentration. For those who choose to pursue a concentration, a complete list of all concentrations available in San Diego is listed below. 

  • Anglican Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church Planting
  • Converge School of Church Leadership (Converge Partnership)
  • Missional Leadership
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Post-Christian Ministry (Gateway Church Partnership)
  • Theological and Historical Studies
  • Young Life Youth Ministry (Young Life Partnership)

Specific details on each concentration can be found in the "Concentrations" portion of the main Master of Divinity program page. Students who choose to earn a concentration may need to take independent studies or extend the length of time to degree completion in order to fulfill the requirements of a particular concentration. 

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Divinity: Single Language - San Diego

Traditional, InMinistry

BI510Hermeneutics3
CP510Introduction to Preaching3
GC512Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
HS510Church History Survey3
HS512American Christianity1.5
ML506Discipleship in Community1.5
ML507Missional Outreach and Evangelism1.5
ML523Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3
ML527Leading Celebrations in the Christian Life Cycle1.5
ML615Organizational Leadership and Church Governance3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
NT541Greek I: Beginning Greek3
or OT541 Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew
NT542Greek II: Intermediate Greek3
or OT542 Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew
NT652Greek Exegesis1.5
or OT652 Hebrew Exegesis
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
OT518Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
PC512Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
SP610Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Elective Courses
Concentration or Free Electives12
Other Requirements
Professional Internship3
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP002Formation Assessments0
or SP003 Formation Assessments
TL002Vocational Assessments0
or TL003 Vocational Assessments
Ministry Goals Consultation0
Intent to Graduate Application0
Total Credits78

A minimum of 78 semester credits is required for graduation in the M.Div. program. Concentration courses must be taken at the advanced level. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. 

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Divinity: Dual Language - San Diego

Traditional, InMinistry

BI510Hermeneutics3
CP510Introduction to Preaching3
GC512Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
HS510Church History Survey3
HS512American Christianity1.5
ML506Discipleship in Community1.5
ML507Missional Outreach and Evangelism1.5
ML523Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3
ML527Leading Celebrations in the Christian Life Cycle1.5
ML615Organizational Leadership and Church Governance3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
NT541Greek I: Beginning Greek3
NT542Greek II: Intermediate Greek3
NT652Greek Exegesis1.5
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
OT518Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
OT541Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew3
OT542Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew3
OT652Hebrew Exegesis1.5
PC512Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
SP610Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Elective Courses
Free Electives4.5
Other Requirements
Professional Internship 3
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP002Formation Assessments0
or SP003 Formation Assessments
TL002Vocational Assessments0
or TL003 Vocational Assessments
Ministry Goals Consultation0
Intent to Graduate Application0
Total Credits78

A minimum of 78 semester credits is required for graduation in the M.Div. program. Concentration courses must be taken at the advanced level. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.

Academic Plans

The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what completing the Master of Divinity in the Traditional delivery system in 4.5 years could look like. This plan should not be considered authoritative since variations will occur due to differences in delivery system, starting term, and course availability. Due to these and other factors, courses and corresponding terms listed below may vary from the actual course schedule. Spring start and InMinistry academic plans are available through contacting the Bethel Seminary San Diego Registrar's Office. 

San Diego: 4.5 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BI510 Hermeneutics3ML506 Discipleship in Community1.5OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3ML507 Missional Outreach and Evangelism1.5
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3 TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3 
SP002 Formation Assessments0   
 9 1.5 9 1.5
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
HS510 Church History Survey3HS512 American Christianity1.5GC512 Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3NT652 or OT 652 Greek Exegesis or Hebrew Exegesis1.5
NT541 or OT 541 Greek I: Beginning Greek or Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew3 NT542 or OT 542 Greek II: Intermediate Greek or Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew3 
  Elective 1.5 
 6 1.5 7.5 1.5
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CP510 Introduction to Preaching3Elective 1.5ML615 Organizational Leadership and Church Governance3ML527 Leading Celebrations in the Christian Life Cycle1.5
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3TL565A Professional Internship0.5
  SP610 Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5 
 6 1.5 7.5 2
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PC512 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3TL565C Professional Internship0.5GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3Elective1 1.5
Elective1 3Elective 1.5Elective1 3 
TL565B Professional Internship1 TL565D Professional Internship1 
 7 2 7 1.5
Fifth Year
FallCredits   
ML523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3   
TS516 Christian Social Ethics3   
 6   
Total Credits: 78
1

Dual Language MDiv students may take their second language courses for these electives.