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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 5013Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
LEDR 6063 or LEDR 6043Leading Healthy and Effective Churches or The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Society3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PAST 5073Leadership That Advances the Mission3
PAST 6023Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 6053Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
EVAN 5033 or EVAN 5043Perspectives on the World Christian Movement or Integral Mission3
EVAN 6023Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations3
EVAN 6033Evangelism and Discipleship or Youth3
EVAN 6043Reaching and Retaining Young Adults3
EVAN 6063Leading Healthy and Effective Churches3
EVAN 7013Praxis3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 5:
NXGN 5013Youth and Family Ministry3
NXGN 6023Leadership and Youth Ministry3
NXGN 6033Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth3
NXGN 6043Reaching and Retaining Young Adults3
NXGN 6063Children’s Ministry3
NXGN 6083Camping Ministry3
NXGN 7013Counselling Adolescents and their Families3
NXGN (elective)Elective3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization
PACC 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling Elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling Elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling Elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling Elective3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 6053Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 5:
LEDR 5073Leadership That Advances the Mission3
LEDR 6023Leadership and Youth Ministry3
LEDR 6043The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Ministry3
LEDR 6063Leading Healthy and Effective Churches3
SPFM 7013Pathways of Prayer: The Soul’s Quest for God3
SPFM 7023The Soul of Leadership3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass/Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
ElectiveMinistry elective3
Area of Specialization
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 5033Introduction to Prison Ministry3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7103Prison Ministry Practicum 13
CHAP 7113Prison Ministry Practicum 23
CHAP 7019Clinical Pastoral Education 16
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Electives1,2
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass/Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
Area of Specialization
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7019Clinical Pastoral Education 16
CHAP 7029Clinical Pastoral Education 26
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Electives1,2
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Ministry Electives
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  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. 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. 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

Rev. Dan Pyke

Director, Next Generation Ministry Program

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Dr. Jody Linkletter

Associate Director of Doctoral Studies

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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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
Contact
Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca