Houston Graduate School of Theology

Academic Programs

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Academic Programs

Doctoral

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) – 43 credit hours
An advanced professional degree that will prepare students to apply theoretical skills within a
variety of ministry settings as pastors, ministers, chaplains, and spiritual directors—and will
enable them to move forward in ministry with a critically developed mind, a spiritually directed
character, and a biblically based hermeneutic for life and ministry.

Master's

Master of Divinity (MDiv) – 75 credit hours

The normative degree for those entering ordained ministry or other ministerial leadership positions. The MDiv will 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.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) – 68 credit hours

A professional degree designed to provide students with a Christian-based, educational opportunity that will prepare students for licensure through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, and will enable students to integrate the principles of biblically based spirituality with counseling practice for leadership with the client, within the community, and to the church.

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) – 38 credit hours

A professional degree for students seeking preparation for ministry in any setting. It is designed to meet the needs of men and women called to serve in a variety of contexts and specialized ministries. Concentrations available in Missional Leadership, Public Theology, and Spiritual Direction.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS) – 41 credit hours

An academic degree focused on a specific theological discipline or concentration within general theological disciplines. This degree is designed for those who desire to continue beyond the MTS into further graduate study or who desire a focused area of learning at the graduate level. The degree is not designed for those entering ordained or parish ministry. Students entering ordained ministry should pursue the Master of Divinity degree. Concentrations available in Biblical Studies, Christian Spirituality, and Theological Studies.

Certificates

  • The Certificate in Christian Spirituality requires fifteen hours of master's-level credit in Christian Spirituality. This certificate can be pursued as a part of a specialized MDiv or as a stand-alone certificate program.
  • The Certificate in Spiritual Direction requires twenty-one hours of master's-level credit, including nine hours for certification as a spiritual director. This certificate can be pursued as a part of a specialized MDiv or MAC degree plan or as a stand-alone certificate program.
  • The Certificate in Missional Leadership requires fifteen hours of master's-level credit in missional ministry. This certificate can be pursued as part of a specialized MDiv or as a stand-alone certificate program.
  • The Certificate in Biblical Languages requires twenty-four hours of master's-level credit in Hebrew and Greek coursework. This certificate can be pursued as part of a specialized MDiv degree plan or as a stand-alone certificate program.