Program Format

Biblical Languages

Master of Divinity (MDiv) students are required to obtain competence in at least one biblical language for use as an exegetical tool in the study of the Bible. This requirement may be met by the course GBBL 500 (Elements of Greek Exegesis); by transcript evidence of one year of biblical Greek or Hebrew at the undergraduate level; or by taking GBBL 510 and GBBL 520, or GBBL 530 and GBBL 540.

It is strongly recommended, however, that students who anticipate further graduate study in theology complete a full-year course in biblical Greek and/or Hebrew. To obtain full benefit from courses in biblical studies, students should enroll in the biblical language course, as well as in GBBL 511 (Seminar in Biblical Interpretation), as early as possible in their academic program.

Experiential Learning

Azusa Pacific Seminary utilizes an experiential learning model. The MDiv program intentionally integrates biblical, theological, and ministerial studies with ministerial practice. Mentored Ministry, the central component of the program, facilitates the integration of academic learning and experience in ministry. Students are required to devote at least eight hours per week to some form of supervised ministry for the duration of their master’s degree program.

Class Schedule

Azusa Pacific Seminary conducts a year-round schedule, with programs adhering to 16-week terms.

Classroom experience is in concentrated sessions during two-week residency periods held each January and June. Students benefit from personal attention and opportunities to build meaningful relationships with professors and peers who have diversified ministerial experience.

Online Courses

Azusa Pacific Seminary offers many courses online. Maximum enrollment in each online course is 20 students; enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. No more than 50 percent of an Azusa Pacific Seminary degree may be taken in online courses.

Advanced Standing

  • MDiv students may petition for up to 15 units of Advanced Standing from upper-division undergraduate work in religion.
  • The number of core courses that may be replaced by Advanced Standing is limited to two.
  • Prior to formal admission, the Request for Advanced Standing Petition form should be completed.
  • All Advanced Standing examinations are administered in a proctored setting.
  • Students must pass examinations for Advanced Standing within 12 months of their admission date. The cost for the exam is $50 per unit. If the student passes the exam(s), he/she will not be required to pay full tuition for those units.
  • A student may repeat Advanced Standing examinations one time without further charge.
  • Courses in which a grade of B- or lower was earned may not be used for Advanced Standing.
  • Students admitted under the exceptional category may not petition for Advanced Standing units.
  • Undergraduate work must be from an accredited college or university.

Transfer Units

A student may petition to transfer in up to 60 units for the MDiv, less any Advanced Standing units (e.g., 38 units transfer and 22 units Advanced Standing, or any other combination totaling 60 units), from other regionally or ATS-accredited graduate degree programs. Units transferred are limited to one half of an earned master’s degree. A minimum of 30 units for the MDiv must be completed at Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order for students to progress beyond the initial courses of the master’s degree program, they must be granted candidacy. Candidacy is granted by faculty approval upon the satisfactory completion of 16 units of coursework with a minimum 2.7 grade-point average (3.0 is required for the MA(TS) degree), and evaluation of each student’s personal growth and commitment to the mission and goals of Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Visiting Student Status

Azusa Pacific Seminary has visiting student agreements with Fuller Theological Seminary and Claremont School of Theology. Students may contact Azusa Pacific Seminary for additional information at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5654.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each term?

While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 8 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?

Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

How many hours does each class session require?

Once-a-week classes last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice-a-week classes run for 2 hours each.

How many students will there be in my classes?

Most classes average 15-18 students.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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