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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PAST 5013 Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’ 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
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
LEDR 6063 or LEDR 6043 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches or The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Society 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
PAST 5073 Leadership That Advances the Mission 3
PAST 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations 3
NXGN (elective) Next Generation Ministry elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PAST 6053 Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’ 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
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
EVAN 5033 or EVAN 5043 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement or Integral Mission 3
EVAN 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations 3
EVAN 6033 Evangelism and Discipleship or Youth 3
EVAN 6043 Reaching and Retaining Young Adults 3
EVAN 6063 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches 3
EVAN 7013 Praxis 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 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
Area of Specialization – Choose 5:
NXGN 5013 Youth and Family Ministry 3
NXGN 6023 Leadership and Youth Ministry 3
NXGN 6033 Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth 3
NXGN 6043 Reaching and Retaining Young Adults 3
NXGN 6063 Children’s Ministry 3
NXGN 6083 Camping Ministry 3
NXGN 7013 Counselling Adolescents and their Families 3
NXGN (elective) Elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 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
Area of Specialization – Choose 5:
PACC 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3
PACC 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics 3
PACC 6043 Ministry in the Face of Grief, Loss, and Death 3
PACC 7013 Counselling Adolescents and their Families 3
PACC 7023 Marriage and Family Counselling 3
PACC 7033 The Church’s Response to Domestic Violence 3
PACC 7063 Suicide: Perspectives and Intervention 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PAST 6053 Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’ 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
Area of 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
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Area of Specialization
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 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 6
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
Electives1,2
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
Area of Specialization
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 6
CHAP 7029 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 6
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
Electives1,2
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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) is 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 Credit Hours
IDTH 5010 Orientation 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 and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 5063 Christian Worship…Now 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 elective 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
NXGN (elective) Next Generation Ministry elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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

Dr. Anna Robbins

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

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Dr. Daniel Zacharias

Associate Professor of New Testament Studies

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Dr. Harry Gardner

President and Dean of Theology

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Dr. John McNally

Director of Mentored Ministry Program

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Dr. Matthew Walsh

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Dr. Glenn Wooden

Payzant Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

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Dr. Spencer Boersma

Assistant Professor of Theology

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Lecturers

Dr. Jody Linkletter

Associate Director of Doctoral Studies

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Rev. Renée Embree

Director of the Next Generation Ministry Program

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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Rev. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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Rev. Kirby Spivey III

Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Ministires

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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. Carol Anne Janzen

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

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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