Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is the primary degree designed to equip leaders for ordained Christian ministry. Building on a strong undergraduate background, this 90 credit hour graduate-level program (3 years, if full-time) equips students to understand and interpret scripture, appreciate Christian history and theology, and understand how to provide effective ministry leadership in the contemporary Canadian cultural context.

Master of Divinity graduates are prepared for a wide range of ministry leadership including service in local churches, chaplaincy settings, and overseas.  Graduates also provide leadership to denominations and parachurch ministries. Some graduates engage in further study and then teach in colleges and seminaries worldwide.

Specializations – Degree Requirements

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic Literature ) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for… Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Specialization Choose 5:
EVAN 5043 or
EVAN 5033
Integral Mission or
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
3
LEDR 6063 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches 3
PAST 5073 Leadership That Advances the Mission 3
PAST 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations 3
PAST 7033 Preaching Evangelistic & Expository Sermons 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for … Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Specialization – Choose 5:
EVAN 5033 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement 3
EVAN 5043 Integral Mission 3
EVAN 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations 3
EVAN 6043 Reaching and Retaining Young Adults 3
EVAN 6053 Youth Ministry and Short-term Mission 3
EVAN 7013 Praxis 3
EVAN 7033 Preaching Evangelistic and Expository Sermons 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for … Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Specialization – Choose 5:
YYAM 5013 Youth & Family Ministry 3
YYAM 6023 Leadership & Youth Ministry 3
YYAM 6033 Evangelism & Discipleship of Youth 3
YYAM 6043 Reaching & Retaining Young Adults 3
YYAM 6053 Youth Ministry & Short-term Mission 3
YYAM 7013 Counselling Adolescents & their Families 3
YYAM 72XX Special Topics in Youth & Young Adult Ministry 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History 3
CHUR or THEO or
BAPT (elective)
Christian History/Theology/ Baptist Studies 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for … Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Specialization – Choose 5:
PACC 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3
PACC 6013 Professional & Personal Ethics 3
PACC 7013 Counselling Adolescents & their Families 3
PACC 7023 Marriage & Family Counselling 3
PACC 7033 Church’s Response to Domestic Violence 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for Local Church Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Specialization – Choose 5:
LEDR 5073 Leadership That Advances the Mission 3
LEDR 6023 Leadership and Youth Ministry 3
LEDR 6043 The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Ministry 3
LEDR 6063 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches 3
SPFM 7013 Pathways of Prayer: The Soul’s Quest for God 3
SPFM 7023 The Soul of Leadership 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
Elective Ministry 3
Specialization
CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7103 Prison Ministry Practicum 1 3
CHAP 7113 Prison Ministry Practicum 2 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
Electives1,2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) is required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed
  2. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Specialization
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
CHAP 7029 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 9
Electives1,2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) is required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed
  2. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic literature) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel) 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle) 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR or THEO Christian History elective or Theology elective 3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 6043 Effective Preaching and Engaging Worship 3
PAST 5013 Developing Pastoral Identity for Local Church Ministry 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Ministry Electives
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.

Program Faculty

Rev. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Rev. Dan Pyke

Associate Pastor, Grand Bay Baptist Church

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Dr. Marv Penner

Executive Director, All About Youth

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Dr. Andrew Stirling

Fellow of Acadia Divinity College

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Dr. Anna Robbins

Dr. Millard R. Cherry Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture

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Dr. Allison Trites

Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emeritus

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Dr. Ken Neilson

Certified Canadian Counsellor

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Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent)
  • 2.0 Grade Point Average
  • Recommendations demonstrating a call to, and suitability for, Christian ministry
Program Calendar
Contact
Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca