Houston Graduate School of Theology

Master of Divinity


Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the normative degree for those entering ordained ministry or other ministerial leadership positions. The MDiv is designed to encompass the breadth of traditions reflected in our students and staff while connecting those traditions to the historic Christian church and faith. The depth of the HGST course work is enriched by the diversity of tradition and experience represented by our students and faculty.

The purpose of this degree program is to provide students with a broad, thorough theological, biblical, and historical background so that they will be prepared to be spiritually mature, missional leaders for ministry in the wide variety of ministries represented in the 21st-century world, including pastoral, administrative, chaplaincy, and social service ministries. The degree requires 75 credit hours.

MDiv Required Courses – 50 credit hours                           

  • Biblical Hermeneutics

  • The Christian Story (I and II)

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Spiritual Disciplines and Practices

  • Integrative Experience (I and II)

  • Culture and Context

  • Christian Canon (Old Testament and New Testament)

  • Pastoral Care

  • Christian Ethics

  • Clergy Professional Conduct and Ethics

  • Systems Thinking in Organizational Contexts

  • Transformational Leadership

  • Principles of Preaching

  • Christian Theology

  • The Missional Church Movement or Missional Theology (select one)

MDiv Electives – 18 credit hours

Field Education – 6 credit hours

MDiv Capstone – 1 credit hour

Total MDiv degree program – 75 credit hours