2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Capital Seminary & Graduate School is a uniquely balanced program designed to produce the competencies necessary to lead from a biblical worldview. The program prepares students for a leadership role in multiple ministry contexts by focusing on the development of the head, heart, and hands of the student. This program combines the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program, providing the biblical and theological core, with the Master of Arts in Ministry or Master of Arts in Christian Care program, providing the ministry praxis.

Available concentrations include:

  • Bible Exposition, MDiv
  • Christian Apologetics, MDiv
  • Christian Care, MDiv
  • Church Planting, MDiv
  • Cultural Engagement, MDiv
  • Formational Children & Family Ministry, MDiv
  • Leadership Studies, MDiv
  • Pastoral Studies, MDiv
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry, MDiv

Program Competencies

The Master of Divinity program equips students for ministry in the church and society by developing:

  • A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • The skill sets necessary in effectively communicating the Scriptures.
  • The skills necessary in the process of personal spiritual formation and discipleship of others.
  • The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • The skills necessary to study the Bible using the tools of biblical interpretation and language study.

AND

Master of Arts in Ministry Component

  • A biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership practice applicable in the context of contemporary culture.
  • The knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations.
  • The skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing for organizational development.
  • Knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the selected ministry concentration.
  • Experiential learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education.

OR

Master of Arts Christian Care Component

  • An understanding of the Christian Church's biblical, historic and present role in providing care for those with life issues.
  • The knowledge and skills to apply a biblical worldview in relation to understanding, identifying problems, and caring for others.
  • A practical understanding of the relationship between theology and the behavioral sciences in Christian Church and para-Church ministry; and the ability to apply that understanding in caring for people with exceptional needs, including when necessary the involvement of outside agencies.
  • The skills to envision, design, equip, deploy, and manage Church and para-Church based care ministries.
  • The skills needed in the actual practice of individual and group Christian care.

Locations Offered

Note: Not all concentrations are offered at each site. See program pages for details.

Washington, DC

Lancaster, PA

Boca Raton, FL

Application and Admission

Individuals seeking admission to Seminary programs must complete the following application steps. Decisions for admission to these programs are made using each application piece listed as criteria.

  1. Application Form: Complete the online application and submit the $40 application fee. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by an Admissions Representative who will guide you through the application process.
  2. Autobiographical Essay: Write an autobiographical essay. Guidelines for the essay are found here or from Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). This essay is designed to provide applicable life content as well as demonstrate the applicant's writing ability. Applicants will be evaluated on: confirmation of acceptance of Christ as personal Savior, developments in spiritual growth, statement of ministry goals, and rationale for desiring a master's degree. This autobiography has specific guidelines (please follow link above) and is designed for assessing the above content as well as writing ability.
  3. References: Ask two people who are qualified to evaluate your ministry/work experience and potential, to complete the reference form on your behalf. Reference forms are located online here.
  4. Request Official Transcripts: Contact all institutions through which degrees have been awarded to request official transcripts to be sent to Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). These must be official transcripts sent directly from the degree granting institution(s). There must be a transcript from an accredited institution showing completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  5. Computer Proficiency Form: Please complete the online computer proficiency form.
  6. TOEFL Score: Non-native speakers of English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the applicant has an undergraduate degree from an accredited American college or university, he/she is exempt from the TOEFL requirement. If required, the TOEFL test score must meet the following minimum for admission: paper score 550; computer score 213; or internet score 79. The applicant's skill score in writing will also be considered in the admissions decision.
  7. Personal Interview: Following receipt of the above items, a personal interview will be arranged with a faculty member.

Advanced Standing

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student's official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status at the admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

Application Response

Applicants will be notified within three weeks of the submission of all application materials with regards to their acceptance into a program. Five decisions are possible.

  • Full Acceptance: The applicant is fully accepted with no deficiencies or leveling requirements.
  • Accepted with Deficiencies: The applicant is accepted into the program with admission's academic deficiencies identified. The applicant will be informed as to the necessary steps required to achieve full acceptance.
  • Accepted on Review Status: The applicant is admitted pending further review. This may be because a part of the application was incomplete (e.g. a score was not received in time) or because the applicant did not meet one of the admission's requirements.
  • Delay: The applicant may receive an application delay. This may be due to the program being filled, a change in the applicant's life situation, or an event preventing the applicant from attending the first program session. Delayed status applicants will not have to reapply to the program but must pay the program down payment fee.
  • Declined: The applicant who is declined will be notified by mail or email. Specific reasons for the decline are not provided.

Curricular Structure for Concentrations

Christian Care, Concentration (Washington DC)

The MDiv integrated with the MACC consists of 78 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. MDiv students, who want to integrate the 48 credit MACC with the MABS, must complete an additional 6 credits (78 total) to fulfill all MDiv requirements. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies 24 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis 6 Credits
Advanced Christian Care Praxis 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 78 Credits

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies (24 Credits)

BIB 510Hebrew for Ministry I

3

BIB 511Hebrew for Ministry II

3

BIB 515Greek for Ministry I

3

BIB 516Greek for Ministry II

3

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies Electives

12 credits of Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required from the list below.

BIB 520Selected Topics in Old Testament Pentateuch

3

BIB 521Selected Topics in Old Testament History

3

BIB 523Selected Topics in Old Testament Poetic Books

3

BIB 525Selected Topics in Old Testament Prophetic Books

3

BIB 529Current Issues in Old Testament Studies

3

BIB 530Selected Topics in the Gospels

3

BIB 531Selected Topics in New Testament Epistles

3

BIB 539Current Issues in New Testament Studies

3

BIB 540The Land of Israel

3

BIB 541Biblical Archaeology

3

BIB 542Cultural Environment of the Bible

3

BIB 550Advanced Hermeneutics

3

BIB 551Applied Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Narrative

3

BIB 552Applied Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Poetry

3

BIB 553Applied Hermeneutics: Prophecy

3

BIB 561Seminar in Hebrew Exegesis

3

BIB 562Seminar in Greek Exegesis

3

BIB 563The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament

3

BIB 590Independent Study

3

BIB 592Biblical Research

3

BIB 597

THE 510Old Testament Theology

3

THE 511New Testament Theology

3

THE 520Selected Topics in Systematic Theology

3

THE 521Current Issues in Theological Study

3

THE 522Contemporary Theology

3

THE 523Theologies of Liberation

3

THE 524

THE 530Selected Topics in Historical Theology

3

THE 531Theological Classics

3

THE 540

THE 541Foundations of Theology of Culture

3

THE 542Theological Interpretation of Media

3

THE 543Cultural Analysis and Engagement

3

THE 590Independent Study

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis (6 Credits)

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

Advanced Christian Care Praxis (21 Credits)

CHC 505Foundations for Christian Care

3

CHC 510Christian Care of Individuals

3

CHC 511Christian Care of Individuals Lab

3

CHC 515Christian Care of Families

3

CHC 516Christian Care of Families Lab

3

CHC 520Christian Care and Group Process

3

CHC 525Training Christian Care Givers

3

Field Based Experience - (6 Credits)

CHC 590Christian Care of Individuals and Families Practicum

3

CHC 595Training Christian Care Givers Practicum

3

MDiv Ministry Concentrations

Curricular Structure (Offered in Lancaster, PA and Washington DC except as noted below)

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies 24 Credits
**Advanced Ministry Praxis - Concentrations 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 72 Credits

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies (24 Credits)

BIB 510Hebrew for Ministry I

3

BIB 511Hebrew for Ministry II

3

BIB 515Greek for Ministry I

3

BIB 516Greek for Ministry II

3

Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies Electives

12 credits of Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required from the list below.

BIB 520Selected Topics in Old Testament Pentateuch

3

BIB 521Selected Topics in Old Testament History

3

BIB 523Selected Topics in Old Testament Poetic Books

3

BIB 525Selected Topics in Old Testament Prophetic Books

3

BIB 529Current Issues in Old Testament Studies

3

BIB 530Selected Topics in the Gospels

3

BIB 531Selected Topics in New Testament Epistles

3

BIB 539Current Issues in New Testament Studies

3

BIB 540The Land of Israel

3

BIB 541Biblical Archaeology

3

BIB 542Cultural Environment of the Bible

3

BIB 550Advanced Hermeneutics

3

BIB 551Applied Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Narrative

3

BIB 552Applied Hermeneutics: Interpretation of Poetry

3

BIB 553Applied Hermeneutics: Prophecy

3

BIB 561Seminar in Hebrew Exegesis

3

BIB 562Seminar in Greek Exegesis

3

BIB 563The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament

3

BIB 590Independent Study

3

BIB 592Biblical Research

3

BIB 597

THE 510Old Testament Theology

3

THE 511New Testament Theology

3

THE 520Selected Topics in Systematic Theology

3

THE 521Current Issues in Theological Study

3

THE 522Contemporary Theology

3

THE 523Theologies of Liberation

3

THE 524

THE 530Selected Topics in Historical Theology

3

THE 531Theological Classics

3

THE 540

THE 541Foundations of Theology of Culture

3

THE 542Theological Interpretation of Media

3

THE 543Cultural Analysis and Engagement

3

THE 590Independent Study

3

**Concentrations Advanced Ministry Praxis

Church Planting (12 Credits)

(CPL Courses offered in Boca Raton, FL)

CPL 501Theology, History & Models of Church Planting Movements

3

CPL 502Exegeting Culture for Church Planting

3

CPL 504Church Planting I

3

CPL 505Church Planting II

3

Formational Children and Family Ministry (12 Credits)

Four of the following courses are required to complete the Formational Children and Family Ministry concentration.
CFM 501Foundations of Children and Family Ministry

3

CFM 502Spiritual Formation of Children and Families

3

CFM 503Missional Families in a Global World

3

CFM 504Global Children’s Ministry

3

CFM 590Independent Study

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Leadership Studies (12 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

LSP 501Leadership Theory & Practice

3

LSP 502Development of Organizational Leadership

3

LSP 503Psychology of Leadership

3

LSP 509Leadership Style Analysis

3

Pastoral Studies (12 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

PAS 502Local Church Revitalization

3

PAS 503Theology, History, & Practice of Worship

3

PAS 513Advanced Homiletics

3

PAS 520Designing Strategic Models of Adult Discipleship

3

Youth and Young Adult Ministry (12 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

YMN 501Student Development, Culture & Contextualization

3

YMN 502Student & Family Systems Counseling

3

YMN 503Thinking Theologically in Student Ministry

3

YMN 504Spiritual Formation of Students

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

Ministry Internships or Mentorships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3