Master of Divinity

The purpose of the Master of Divinity program is to provide seminary-level training for men pursuing pastoral, missionary, or evangelistic ministry.

The Master of Divinity degree is a 96-hour graduate-level academic program designed primarily for men who wish to serve in the senior pastorate or other position requiring a similar level of spiritual and ministry leadership. It provides a more in-depth study of the Bible, theology and ministry practice than on the undergraduate level.  It is possible to complete the program in four years.  

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Master of Divinity degree program requires an approved Bachelor’s degree. In addition, according to the New Testament, pastoral leadership is the responsibility of men. Because the Master of Divinity program is designed specifically to prepare men for the pastoral ministry or the equivalent level of leadership in Christian Service, the Master of Divinity Program is open only to male students.


Admissions with Language Deficiency

Readiness for Intermediate New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for admission to the M.Div. program. This proficiency may be demonstrated through successful completion of Elementary Greek, at the undergraduate or graduate level, or through the successful completion of a proficiency exam to be administered by IBCS. A student that cannot demonstrate proficiency through one of these means may nevertheless be admitted to the program, provided that the student removes the deficiency within two years of admission.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity, the successful student will

  1. Integrate a personal love for God with an ever-expanding relationship with people.
  2. Evidence a comprehensive understanding of the original message of the Bible through the application of legitimate hermeneutical principles.
  3. Value a deeper knowledge of the historical development of Christian thought and practice.
  4. Employ an expanded ability to relay and apply the Bible’s message to the modern audience.
  5. Value the commitment to Biblically-based separation.
  6. Apply effective, Bible-based solutions to problems encountered in ministry leadership.
  7. Construct a genuine concern for people through an understanding of human problems.

Department Head

Dr. David Shumate
Dr. David Shumate
Dr. David Shumate came to know the Lord while in Harvard Law School through the witness of a Christian classmate. He felt the call to full-time ministry and after finishing his law degree, attended Bob Jones Seminary earning his M.Div. and Ph.D. With 15 years of assistant pastoral experience, he became the general director of Mexican Gospel Mission in 2005. He currently serves as the Seminary Dean.

Program Requirements

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 501 New Testament Introduction 3
BI 512 Advanced Hermeneutics 2
BI 521 Old Testament Introduction 3
BI 530 Old Testament Exposition: Pentateuch 2
BI 532 Old Testament Exposition: Wisdom Books 2
Old Testament Book Study (elective) 2
New Testament Book Study (elective) 2


Course # Name of Course Hours
TH 501 New Testament Theology 3
TH 502 Old Testament Theology 3
TH 513 Historical Theology
TH 523 Baptist Polity 2
 TH 532 Dispensationalism 2
 TH 601 Prolegomena and Bibliology 2
 TH 602 Trinitarianism 2
 TH 603 Angelology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology 2
 TH 604 Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology 2


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 620 Research and Writing 2
*GK 603 Greek Syntax 2
*GK 604 Greek Exegesis 2
HB 501 Hebrew Grammar 3
HB 502 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
Approved Greek Book Study Electives 6


*GK 601 and 602 may be substituted as deemed necessary by the Administration.

Course # Name of Course Hours
HI 533 History of Fundamentalism 2
HI 535 History of Christianity 1 3
HI 536 History of Christianity 2 3


Course # Name of Course Hours
MI 513 Missions and the Church 2
PR 584 Biblical Leadership 2
PR 621 Pastoral Care 2
PR 652 Evangelism and Cross Cultural Issues 2
PR 653 Philosophy of Ministry 2
PR 671 Expository Preaching 2
PR 672 Homiletics – Presentation & Delivery 2
PS 500 Theology of Counseling 2
PS 501 Dynamics of Biblical Change 2
Approved Ministry Electives 4


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 630 Capstone Project 1
Approved Electives 10


Student Spotlight

Jason McDonnell

Pastor Jason McDonnell

“I graduated from IBCS with a Master of Divinity in 2014. That summer, I became the youth pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church, where I have the opportunity to serve families with many different backgrounds. My education at IBCS has afforded me the opportunity to teach not only Bible class on the high school level, but also Elementary Greek at the college level. In September of 2016, I swore into the United States Navy as a reservist, serving as a chaplain. I am thankful that IBCS gave me the necessary credentials to become a chaplain. God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, who is also an IBCS graduate, and four wonderful children.”

Your Future

Potential Careers Include:

  • Church Administrator
  • Chaplain
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Pastor

Ministry Focus

Tri-City Baptist Church and other local churches provide International Baptist College with a variety of opportunities to gain ministry experience. Music students can be personally mentored by an experienced music pastor while serving in a children’s choir, adult choir, or church orchestra. Tri-City Christian Academy’s large enrollment allows education majors to do their observation and student teaching on campus.