Overview

Bethel Seminary St. Paul offers the Master of Divinity degree in three different delivery systems in either a single language or dual language option:

  • Traditional
  • SemPM
  • InMinistry

For a list of degree requirements sorted by language option, please see the Single Language or Dual Language degree requirements pages.

Concentrations Available in St. Paul

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 St. Paul is listed below.

  • Biblical Studies
  • Church Planting
  • Children’s and Family Ministry
  • Christian Thought
  • Converge School of Church Leadership (Converge Partnership)
  • Post-Christian Ministry (Gateway Church Partnership)
  • Theological and Historical Studies
  • Transformational Leadership
  • 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 - St. Paul

Traditional, SemPM, InMinistry

Core Requirements
BT510Hermeneutics3
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
OT518Old 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
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Specific Requirements
CP510Introduction to Preaching3
GC512Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
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
PC512Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
Supervised Ministry3
Concentration Courses and Electives
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Formation Course Requirements
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
SP610Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP001Formation Assessments0
TL001Vocational Assessments0
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 - St. Paul 

Traditional, SemPM, InMinistry

Core Courses
BT510Hermeneutics3
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
OT518Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
NT541Greek I: Beginning Greek3
NT542Greek II: Intermediate Greek3
NT652Greek Exegesis1.5
OT541Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew3
OT542Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew3
OT652Hebrew Exegesis1.5
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Specific Requirements
CP510Introduction to Preaching3
GC512Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
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
PC512Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
Supervised Ministry3
Concentration Courses and Electives
Free Elective3
Free Elective1.5
Formation Course Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP001Formation Assessments0
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
SP610Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
TL001Vocational Assessments0
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 Plan

The academic plans listed below serve as examples of what completing the Master of Divinity in the Traditional delivery system in 3 or 4.5 years could look like. This plan should not be considered authoritative since variations in course availability will occur due to differences in delivery system, starting term, course design. Due to these and other factors, courses and corresponding terms listed below may vary from the actual course schedule. Academic plans for Spring starts, dual language, SemPM, and InMinistry are available through contacting the Bethel Seminary St. Paul Registrar's office. 

St Paul: 3 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 or BI 510 Hermeneutics or Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3HS510 Church History Survey3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3SP610 Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
ML523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3 PC512 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3 
Elective 1.5 Elective 1.5 
SP001 Formation Assessments0   
TL001 Vocational Assessments0   
 10.5 1.5 10.5 4.5
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3Elective 1.5TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3NT652 Greek Exegesis1.5
NT541 or OT 541 Greek I: Beginning Greek or Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew3TL001 Vocational Assessments0NT542 or OT 542 Greek II: Intermediate Greek or Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew3GC512 Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
ML615 Organizational Leadership and Church Governance3 CP510 Introduction to Preaching3 
ML527 Leading Celebrations in the Christian Life Cycle1.5 ML506 Discipleship in Community1.5 
  TL561 Internship Readiness1 
 10.5 1.5 11.5 4.5
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3ML507 Missional Outreach and Evangelism1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3 
NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3HS512 American Christianity1.5GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3 
Elective 3 Elective 3 
TL563A Professional Internship A1 TL563B Professional Internship B1 
 10 3 10 
Total Credits: 78

St Paul: 4.5 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BT510 or BI 510 Hermeneutics or Hermeneutics3ML507 Missional Outreach and Evangelism1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3HS510 Church History Survey3
ML523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3 TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3 
SP001 Formation Assessments0 Elective 1.5 
TL001 Vocational Assessments0   
 6 1.5 7.5 3
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3Elective 1.5OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3SP610 Spiritual and Personal Formation II: Relational Spirituality1.5
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 PC512 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3 
Elective 1.5 ML506 Discipleship in Community1.5 
 7.5 1.5 7.5 1.5
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NT541 or OT 541 Greek I: Beginning Greek or Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew3Elective 1.5NT542 or OT 542 Greek II: Intermediate Greek or Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew3NT652 or OT 652 Greek Exegesis or Hebrew Exegesis1.5
ML615 Organizational Leadership and Church Governance3TL001 Vocational Assessments0CP510 Introduction to Preaching3 
  TL561 Internship Readiness1 
 6 1.5 7 1.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NT518 or OT 518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations or Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3HS512 American Christianity1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3GC512 Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
Elective 3 Elective 3 
TL563A Professional Internship A1 TL563B Professional Internship B1 
 7 1.5 7 3
Fifth Year
FallCredits   
NT518 or OT 518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations or Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3   
GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3   
ML527 Leading Celebrations in the Christian Life Cycle1.5   
 7.5   
Total Credits: 78