The Divinity Program is a three-year professional program designed for students who are preparing for church leadership or for any number of specialized ministries including youth ministry, campus ministry, interfaith ministry, pastoral care and ministries of social service. In addition to gaining a grasp of the essence of Christian faith and practice from biblical, historical and theological perspectives, Divinity students will gain competencies in the tasks of ministry, which include preaching, evangelism, pastoral counseling, public relations, management of church resources, and leadership.
Entering students are encouraged to apply directly into the M.Div. Program. M.R.E. students in good standing may request to transfer and apply credits earned in the R.E. Program toward Divinity program requirements. In granting such requests, the applicant’s faith and spiritual maturity may be considered.
To be awarded the M.Div. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:
UTS provides courses to satisfy the requirements for ordination in various denominations, such as courses in a particular church polity or history. Certain denominations require one unit of CPE. Students pursuing ordination are encouraged to consult with their respective faith groups about specific ordination requirements and work with their academic advisor to plan their seminary program.
The following course requirements apply to all students in the Divinity Program. Courses listed are for 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
SCR 5131 Hebrew Bible, SCR 5141 New Testament Foundations, SCR 5142 New Testament in Context, SCR 5412 Life and Teachings of Jesus, or SCR 5413 Life and Letters of Paul
One Scriptural Studies elective (2-3 credits):
SCR 5151 World Scriptures and World Peace, SCR 5302 The Prophets, SCR 5412 Life and Teachings of Jesus, SCR 5413 Life and Letters of Paul, SCR 5434 New Testament Theology, SCR 5501 Biblical Hermeneutics, THE 5621 Teachings of Sun Myung Moon, THE 5631 Divine Principle, SCR 5701 The Qur’an
Course on a specific book of the Bible: LAN 5131 Biblical Hebrew, LAN 5141 New Testament Greek, THE 5131 Systematic Theology
One Theology/Philosophy elective (2-3 credits):
THE 5132 Unification Theology of Peacebuilding, THE 5141 Ethics and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization, THE 5302 Trinity and Christology, THE 5311 Modern Theology, THE 5401 Christian Ethics,THE 5512 Postmodernism and Culture of Heart, THE 5531 Religion and Science, THE 5601 Unification Theology, THE 5611 Unification Philosophy
Two Church History courses of the following: LTR 5131 Church History I, LTR 5132 Church History II, LTR 5151 Unification Movement, LTR 5141 Paths of Faith or SCR 5151 World Scriptures and World Peace or LTR 5513 World Religions and Global Conflict
One Living Traditions elective (2-3 credits):
Church History core (LTR 5131, 5132 or 5151), LTR 5301 American Religious Experience, LTR 5302 History of the Black Church, LTR 5311 Parallels of History, LTR 5411 Islam, LTR 5431 Buddhism, LTR 5402 Jewish-Christian Relations, LTR 5513 World Religions and Global Conflict, Denominational history course
EDU 5801 Ministerial Self-Discovery (0 credits), MIN 5101 Pastoral Theology, MIN 5102 Worship and Liturgy, MIN 5103 Church Growth and Evangelism, MIN 5104 Homiletics, MIN 5105 Congregational Development, MIN 5106 Ecumenism and Interfaith
One general ministry elective (2 or 3 credits):
EDU 5311 Spiritual Development, EDU 5521 Perspectives on the Family and Peacebuilding, EDU 5431 Ministry with Adolescents, MIN 5303 Small Group Ministry, MIN 5322 Women in Ministry, MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership, MIN 5702 Ministry of Social Service, MIN 5722 Intercultural Communication and Conflict Transformation, PAS 5101 Pastoral Counseling, PAS 5312 Theories and Techniques of Counseling, MGT 5302 Management of Non-Profit Organizations, THE 5141 Ethics and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization
Denominational Requirement (Unificationist students only)
LAN 5161 Korean 1 or LAN 5162 Korean 2
MIN 5190 Field Education Internship (5 credits),
Divinity Thesis or Project (4 credits), MIN 5801 Divinity Colloquium (0 credit), Field Education
The Office of Field Education supports the UTS commitment to professional ministry and personal spiritual formation, by providing students with supervised field opportunities, in which they can integrate theological heritage with classroom learning and practical experience through a process of action-reflection in order to arrive at new insight about themselves and their future vocations.
Field Education in the United States is especially valuable for international students, providing them with unprecedented cultural and language immersion opportunities. The both campuses are in close proximity to Christian churches, Muslim mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras, allowing students easy access to the living faith traditions of the world. The incredible resource of New York City alsooffers students the opportunity to pursue field education in non-governmental organizations affiliated with the United Nations, interfaith organizations, or mega-churches.
Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.)
M.Div. students considering professional chaplaincy, pursuing ordination, or seeking an environment in which to develop practical skills in ecumenical and interfaith ministry are encouraged to complete one or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) during their seminary program. Each unit is 400 hours, usually in a hospital setting. It may be full-time over a summer internship or part-time during the academic year. Students are admitted for their first unit of CPE normally after a minimum of one year of theological education. One unit of CPE will fulfill four of the five Field Education credits required for the M.Div. degree.
Students should note that UTS cannot guarantee placements in CPE programs, which are selective in their admissions. Students may negotiate their path through CPE by consulting the Field Education Director and by visiting the website of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
Professional chaplains are typically endorsed by a denomination or faith group, board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and work in hospitals, prisons or in the military. Employment is usually full-time although part-time positions are available.
Students wishing to pursue careers as professional chaplains are advised to take MIN 5101 Pastoral Theology during their first year, either PAS 5311 Pastoral Counseling or PAS 5312 Theories and Techniques of Counseling during their second year, and an additional pastoral or family ministry course such as PAS 5315 Practicum in Counseling, PAS 5501 Marriage and Family Counseling, PAS 5316 Dealing with Challenging Relationships, or PAS 5512 Family Therapy Concepts and Methods during the third year.
Students wishing to pursue military chaplaincy are advised to take PAS 5722 The Healing Journey: Trauma and Restorative Justice.
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Students may enroll in both M.R.E. and M.Div. Programs sequentially, but only 25 credits may be transferred to the second degree. Students should, therefore, plan a total of four years of study to complete both programs. A student will be granted only one degree at any one commencement.
The limit of 25 transferable credits is waived for M.R.E. graduates who have worked in the field for at least three years after graduation and who wish to earn the M.Div. degree. These graduates may apply all of their credits from the R.E. Program towards the M.Div. degree.