Some students come to seminary very sure of their own vocational calling. Others explore options as they work through their courses. The curriculum of the McAfee School of Theology is structured to give students the foundational tools for ministry, whatever that ministry might ultimately be: pastoral ministry, campus ministry, counseling, academic teaching, Christian education, evangelism and mission, or church administration.
M.Div. Academic Research Track
*Prerequisites include: 3.5 GPA or better on first 24 hours of course work at McAfee, 550 verbal GRE or better and a score of 5 or higher on the writing portion, and Faculty Supervisor on record with Associate Dean for M.Div. studies.
The Academic Research track is designed to develop the student's proficiency for theological research. Students with career goals that further academic studies in the fields of Biblical Studies, Historical-Theological Studies, or Pastoral Studies may follow this track to develop their research skills and focus on a particular field of study. A student may apply for admission to the Academic Research track after:
- Completing 24 hours of M.Div. studies with a GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Submitting a current GRE score of 550 verbal or higher and at least a 5 on the writing portion.
Applicants whose native language is not English must, in addition to the minimum TOEFL requirement for admission to the Master of Divinity program, submit a minimum score of 5 on the TOEFL essay rating. However, these students are not required to submit a GRE score. The student will then work with a Supervisory Professor to select a Thesis Problem, prepare a Thesis Prospectus, and submit a written Thesis of 15,000 to 20,000 words (60-75 pages).
M.Div. Business Administration Track
The Business Administration track introduces students to economics, accounting, finance, and management. The master of divinity curriculum integrates the Business Administration courses within a local church setting through the Mentoring Program by placing students in church administrative ministries.
The Business Administration track requires that the student demonstrate completion of nine hours of Foundation Courses from the Stetson School of Business and Economics or the student demonstrates these course requirements have been met by examination or in undergraduate and graduate study by transcript evaluation.
The Associate Dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics must evaluate the student's transcript before he or she is eligible to enter the Master of Divinity track in Business Administration. In some cases, a current GMAT score may be required.
The prerequisite Foundation courses include: BAA 105 "Foundations of Macro and Microeconomics," BAA 510 "Foundations of Accounting and Finance," and BAA 515 "Foundations of Management and Marketing."
Students who are eligible for entrance into the track in Business Administration are then required to take the following four MBA core courses: BAA 601 "Managerial Economics," BAA 603 "Managerial Accounting," BAA 605 "Marketing Concepts and Practices," and BAA 609 "Corporation Finance."
A student who has demonstrated prior completion of one or more of the MBA core courses listed above may request substitute electives with the approval of the Associate Dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics. The track in Business Administration requires a total of twelve core hours from the MBA program.
M.Div. Christian Social Ethics
The Christian Social Ethics track offers students a variety of courses that address issues of social ethics and the quest for justice as an aspect of the reign of God. Courses are drawn from a variety of fields including Christian ethics, evangelism and missions, theology, ministry, and biblical studies. The goal of this track is to prepare students for work in settings emphasizing analysis of and resistance to social evils as an aspect Christian witness and service in the world. Graduates of this track will be equipped to pursue a variety of callings including academic service in fields related to social ethics, church or parachurch social ministry efforts at various levels, and service in nongovernmental organizations.
M.Div. Congregational Ministry
Congregational Ministry equips students who feel called to traditional ministries in the local church context.Students will be introduced to a wide variety of courses that develop skills in the areas of leadership, administration, preaching, worship planning, teaching, and age level ministries.This track is designed for those persons interested in being a pastor, associate pastor, Christian educator, church administrator, children's minister, youth minister, or adult minister.
M.Div. Global Christianity Track
The Master of Divinity with a track in Global Christianity seeks to address several critical aspects of Christianity's "shift southward" in the twenty-first century. First, Christianity must be understood as a multi-cultural and global movement, an enduring theological tradition that finds new life in the lived realities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Second, the dramatic growth of world Christianity begs for analysis of the missionary dimension in all churches, as initiators rather than receptors of mission outreach. Third, growing churches are in need of theologically trained leaders, ranging from seminary professors, to grassroots leaders of indigenous churches. And finally, persons being educated to lead religious communities need to incorporate the understanding of these realities into their ministry and outreach.
M.Div. Nonprofit Organizational Leadership
This track introduces students to coursework in the governance and leadership of nonprofit philanthropic organizations through collaboration with the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS). The Master of Divinity curriculum integrates the Organizational Leadership courses within a ministry setting through the Mentoring Program by placing students in nonprofit ministry contexts.
Students interested in pursuing a joint Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization should consult the eligibility and course requirements for the M.Div./M.S. Organizational Leadership dual degree program.
M.Div. Pastoral Care Track
McAfee School of Theology offers a track in Pastoral Care. This track is designed to develop the student's skills, knowledge and self-awareness related to the ministries of pastoral care. Students whose vocational plans include pastoral care in a local church setting or chaplaincy (in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, mental health facilities, and other agencies) would benefit from this track.
Through the Clinical Pastoral Education component, all students receive supervised experience and training as a pastoral care giver, as well as the opportunity to reflect upon their pastoral identity, concerns, and places with a competent and compassionate mentor. Students whose goals include professional certification in Chaplaincy may enter this track as preparation for their work toward certification with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education or the Association for Professional Chaplains.
Students who wish to become certified as a Pastoral Counselor with the American Association for Pastoral Counseling may enter this track as preparation for their work toward certification. The track in Pastoral Care does not offer courses that prepare students for a state license as a counselor. Students who want to be both certified and licensed are advised to enroll in the joint degree in Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Community Counseling (see below).
M.Div. Urban Mission Track
The track in Urban Mission is designed for students committed to ministry in urban settings with special emphasis on understanding urban systems and developing collaborative ministry between churches and governmental and community agencies. Students whose vocation includes service in inner city churches or communities are encouraged to follow this track. Students must complete an application for admission to the track before early registration in the spring of each year.
Students must also be committed to working in a cohort, to scheduling the sequence of courses for the second or third year of study, and to working in an urban placement within the I-285 loop in Atlanta for a minimum of 8 hours weekly during one semester.
M.Div. Joint Degree Programs
Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Concentration in Nonprofit
The concentration prepares graduates for a successful leadership career in a high-growth sector through the acquisition of key skills associated with promotion, strategic planning, fund development, board governance, and recruitment. Nonprofits might include parachurch organizations, community organizations, neighborhood associations, child welfare agencies, family support centers, healthcare organizations, municipal offices, and civic groups. Program outcomes include:
- Students will be able to learn concepts, principles, and processes related to the United States federal and state laws under which nonprofit organizations operate and be able to consider their effect on the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the current and future role of human resources in nonprofit organizations and apply strategies for acquiring, managing, developing, and retaining volunteers and board members.
- Students will demonstrate broaden perspectives of nonprofits through examination of major themes and concepts incorporated throughout the program.
Eligibility: Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both the McAfee School of Theology and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Master of Divinity and Master of Business Administration
The joint M.Div. and M.B.A. degrees integrate a foundation of Business Administration into the local church setting. The Master of Divinity curriculum places students in church administrative ministries through the Mentoring Program and incorporates up to twelve (12) hours of M.B.A. core course work into the ninety (90) hour M.Div. degree. The Master of Business Administration incorporates up to six (6) hours of M.Div. credit into the thirty-six (36) hour M.B.A. degree. A full-time student could expect to finish the two degrees in four years of study.
Applicants must meet the admissions requirement for both McAfee School of Theology and Stetson School of Business and Economics. Applicants must submit current scores for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and demonstrate completion of the Foundation Courses from the Stetson School of Business and Economics. Applicants may demonstrate foundational course completion by examination or in undergraduate and graduate study by transcript evaluation.
The Associate Dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics must evaluate the student's transcript before she or he is eligible to enter the Master of Business Administration degree course work.
M.Div. students who are eligible for entrance into the M.B.A. degree are required to take the following four M.B.A. core courses: BAA 601 "Managerial Economics," BAA 603 "Managerial Accounting," BAA 605 "Marketing Concepts and Practices," and BAA 609 "Corporation Finance" as the twelve (12) hours of M.B.A. core course work to be credited into their M.Div. degree.
If a student has demonstrated prior completion of one or more of the M.B.A. core courses listed above she or he may request substitute electives with the approval of the Associate Dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics. Students may be credited up to six (6) hours of M.Div. credit into the M.B.A. degree.
Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The joint M.Div. and M.S. degrees integrate the highest knowledge of professional counseling with the ministries of pastoral care and counseling. Both the M.Div. and M.S. programs hold the highest accreditation available in the United States. The most comprehensive Masters level program in faith oriented counseling, the M.Div. in Pastoral Care & Counseling/M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for licensure as a professional counselor.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling is an applied profession that employs skills, instrumentation, and techniques to facilitate the progress of each person being served. The M.Div. degree accepts up to 18 hours from the M.S. degree, while the M.S. degree accepts up to 12 hours from the M.Div. degree. A full time student could expect to finish the two degrees in four years of study. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements for both McAfee School of Theology and The Department of Counseling and Human Sciences within the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS).
CCPS Entrance Requirements include:
- Submission of two copies of the application for admission to the counseling program, including a recent photograph;
- Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater;
- A minimum score of 800 on the GRE or 397 on the MAT;
- A written autobiography including career goals; two copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, graduate or undergraduate; an interview with the Counseling Admissions Committee;
- A $25 nonrefundable application fee.
McAfee Entrance Requirements for the M.Div. in Pastoral Care and Counseling degree include:
- Submission of the application for admission to this dual degree program to the Pastoral Care Department.
- An admission interview with the Pastoral Care Department, or a person designated by the department, may be scheduled with the student. This interview may be conducted along with the CCPS interview or separately.
- The admissions decision for this program will include an evaluation of the student's potential, readiness, and appropriateness for this program.
Continuing in the program is contingent upon the following:
- Submission of copies of both student and supervisor final evaluations for all CPE courses to the Pastoral Care Department;
- The student giving all supervisors written permission to consult with the Pastoral Care Department regarding the student's progress;
- Making appropriate progress in developing the knowledge, skills, and character needed for the practice of pastoral counseling." This can be found on page 267 of the CCPS catalog.
Note: The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health degree requires a minimum of 56 semester hours of graduate credit. No credit will be given for courses taken more than six years prior to the date on which the degree is to be conferred. The Master of Divinity degree requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit. No credit will be given for courses taken more than eight years prior to the date on which the degree is to be conferred.