Beeson Divinity School strives to prepare God-called men and women for faithful ministry in the church of Jesus Christ. We believe that our MDiv is the best degree for Christian ministry because of these convictions:
Beeson retains the evangelical conviction that Holy Scripture norms theology, life and ministry. Thus, students take courses in Old and New Testament Theology as well as four courses each in Greek and Hebrew.
Unique in theological education, Beeson teaches theology and church history together in an integrated four-course sequence. Students learn key doctrines such as Scripture, Christology, Pneumatology, justification, creation, and anthropology as they unfold and develop in the history of the Christian church.
We believe theological education is more than the transfer of information. It should result in transformation and ministry for the church in the world to the glory of God. Thus, students take required courses in spiritual formation, pastoral care and counseling, evangelism, missions and preaching as well as complete a cross-cultural ministry practicum and a year-long ministry practicum in a local church.
Students may take four courses in any of the three areas above to hone their preparation for ministry and complete the degree.
This program helps students deepen in the knowledge of Anglican history and doctrine, worship, spirituality, and practice, as preparation for life and ministry in the Anglican Church. This certificate is awarded with the successful completion of the Master of Divinity degree. Master of Divinity students who intend to pursue ordination in an Anglican communion may wish to complete requirements for the certificate of Anglican studies. Students pursuing the certificate must:
In addition to these requirements, students are also encouraged to participate fully in other Anglican Institute program opportunities, such as monthly Anglican lunches, monthly Anglican theology nights, and lectures and sermons by visiting Anglican scholars and dignitaries.
Students desiring additional intentional training in cross-cultural ministry may pursue a missions certificate. In addition to excellent academic grounding in biblical and theological studies, students take 3 missions courses and 2 practicums. In concert, the classroom and field courses provide a rich training ground for students pursuing a call to cross-cultural mission.
"Introduction to Christian Missions" is part of the required core curriculum. Dr. David Parks, the director of the Global Center and overseer of the missions certificate, teaches this foundational course which provides a biblical, cultural, and strategic overview of God's global mission to all tongues, tribes, and nations.
The other two missions courses fulfill 6 of the 12 elective credits for the MDiv and will be taught by expert missions scholars. "Contemporary Issues and Strategies in Missions" will be taught by guest missions scholars. The second course, “World Religions,” introduces the classic texts in five of the major world religions and compares and contrasts these beliefs with the Triune God of the Bible. This course explores contextualization and Christian witness in a multi-religious world.
MDiv students complete a two-week cross-cultural immersion experience overseen by the Global Center; students earning a mission certificate complete a minimum six-week cross-cultural immersion experience. Our partners in the U.S. and around the world mentor and oversee students practicums. Ministry partners are in such places as the Czech Republic, Liberia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Middle East, and Brooklyn.
Missions certificate students will complete their Supervised Ministry Practicum in a ministry that is both cross-cultural and evangelistic in nature. It is a one-year training experience in the Birmingham area designed to provide real world training for missions.
This program prepares students for life and ministry in churches within the Wesleyan theological tradition. Attention is given to Wesleyan history and doctrine, worship, polity, spirituality, ministry and mission. Students who intend to pursue ordination in a Wesleyan denomination are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for the certificate of Wesleyan studies, as these will satisfy educational requirements stipulated by several denominations.
The certificate is awarded with the successful completion of the MDiv degree. Requirements for the certificate include:
Students pursuing the certificate of Wesleyan studies are also expected to participate fully in the meetings and events of the Wesley Fellowship at Beeson Divinity School. Under the care and direction of the Methodist Chair of Divinity, the Wesley Fellowship provides students with opportunities to grow in the Wesleyan way of holiness of heart and life by the gracious empowerments of the Holy Spirit. Monthly gatherings include participation in the practices of prayer, meditation on Scripture, mutual encouragement and accountability, learning and service. The Wesley Fellowship also includes occasional events that feature conversations with Wesleyan pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, missionaries and lay persons.
Joint-degree programs allow students to earn two degrees concurrently with fewer credit requirements than needed to earn the degrees separately. Joint-degree programs require separate admission applications to each of the respective schools. Students seeking to enter a joint-degree program must meet admission requirements for both schools participating in the joint program.
Beeson Divinity School's primary degree is the Master of Divinity, and our student body is small. As such, our course work offerings are limited. Classes are offered during the day only, Tuesday through Friday. The curriculum structure is integrative and requires incremental progress from one semester to the next. Joint degree students are encouraged to plan their course work well in advance to minimize scheduling or sequencing conflicts. To receive divinity school scholarships, joint degree students are expected to take a minimum of nine divinity credit hours per semester.
When pursued concurrently the divinity school will apply 12 semester hours of elective credit for law school courses, and the law school will apply 15 semester hours of elective credits for divinity courses. This effectively reduces the total number of hours for the two degrees by 27. Pursued separately, the JD (90 hours) and the MDiv (87 hours) would require a total of 177 semester hours. Pursued together, the total number of required semester hours is 150 and takes approximately six years to complete.
When pursued concurrently, the divinity school will apply six semester hours of elective credit for law school courses, and the law school will apply 12 semester hours of elective credits for divinity courses. This effectively reduces the total number of hours for the two degrees by 18. Pursued separately, the JD (90 hours) and the MATS (37 hours) would require a total of 127 semester hours. Pursued together, the total number of required semester hours is 109 and takes approximately five years to complete.
Students must complete their first semester of law school before applying to the divinity school. Law students applying to the joint degree program must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.
For additional information, you may contact Tami Zenker, Cumberland School of Law registrar, at 205-726-2044.
When pursued concurrently, the divinity school will apply nine credits of business coursework to satisfy work required under the regular Master of Divinity curriculum and the business school will apply six credits of divinity coursework to satisfy work required under regular MBA curriculum. The net result is that students in this program are required to complete 30-39 credits of business coursework (depending upon prerequisites taken) and 78 credits of divinity coursework. Pursued together, the total number of required semester hours is 108-117 for this joint degree.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the MBA program to be in good standing.
For additional information, you may contact Elizabeth Gambrell, Associate Director of Academic Programs, Brock School of Business at 205-726-2040.
When pursued concurrently, the divinity school will apply 12 semester hours of elective credit for social work program courses and the social work program will apply nine hours of elective credit for divinity courses. This effectively reduces the total number for the two degrees by 21. In addition to the ability to count core courses from one program for elective credit in the other, students in the MDiv-MSW program are also eligible to complete internships for both programs simultaneously in a church or ministry setting. Internship sites must be approved by both programs and internship activities must meet the internal and accreditation requirements of each program. Pursued together, the total number of required semester hours is 126 for this joint degree.
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When pursued simultaneously, the divinity school will apply six semester hours of elective credit for social work program courses and the social work program will grant nine semester hours of elective credits for divinity courses. This effectively reduces the total number of hours for the two degrees by 15. Pursued together, the total number of required semester hours is 76 for this joint degree.
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This program of study is available only to students majoring in biblical studies, Christian ministry, human development and family science, religion, or religion with a concentration in ministry leadership.
Students interested in the accelerated BA to MDiv program should seek guidance from their advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate studies. The undergraduate program of study requires completion of all university core curriculum courses, all general education requirements, and all courses required for the undergraduate major (96-98 credit hours total). Upon completion of the first 64 credit hours of undergraduate studies (or one year prior to the term in which a student wishes to begin graduate theological studies), he or she must apply for admission to the MDiv program at Beeson Divinity School. Offers of admission are extended to applicants who demonstrate exceptional personal and spiritual maturity, a clear call and commitment to vocational Christian ministry, and strong academic performance in their undergraduate studies. If accepted, a student must complete all remaining undergraduate coursework and participate in a co-curricular program of spiritual and vocational mentoring before beginning MDiv studies at Beeson Divinity School.
View a sample program of study for the Accelerated BA-MDiv Pathway Program.
We are committed to preparing God-called persons for ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ across a broad spectrum of Protestant Christian denominations and traditions and in a variety of ministry roles. Among these roles is the ministry of chaplains, who serve in pastoral capacities in contexts such as the armed forces, hospitals and other clinical settings, home health and hospice services, and workplaces. Chaplains provide much needed gospel witness and Christian care and counsel in many of life’s most critical times and places. If God is calling you to such a ministry, you will find an excellent program of training and support at Beeson Divinity School. Enjoy the benefits of:
In addition to the MDiv program’s solid core of biblical and theological coursework, students preparing for chaplaincy are advised to use their 12 elective credits for courses such as Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry, Marriage & Family Counseling, and Crisis, Trauma, & Grief, or to complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in a local hospital or the chaplain basic course required for military chaplaincy. Additionally, these students should plan to complete their 8-month supervised ministry practicum in one of many chaplaincy ministry settings in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
Beeson has enlisted the help of chaplains, Christian counselors and strategic partners from various sectors to advise and assist students in their preparation for chaplaincy ministry. These experienced practitioners also provide occasional ministry enrichment events and opportunities for observation in ministry settings.
Beyond the networks of support and the scholarship assistance available to all Beeson students, there are other sources of support and assistance designated for students preparing for chaplaincy ministry. For example, Beeson’s advisory board of chaplaincy professionals can provide helpful assistance to students and alumni seeking employment opportunities, supplementing what is available through our placement services office. And scholarships, such as the Hutchens and Holle Scholarships, are designated for students preparing for service as military chaplains.
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