Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity is the recognized program in theological
seminaries designed for the purpose of preparing persons for
a pastoral ministry. It also prepares students for other church
related vocations and graduate study in theology.
It is the philosophy of California Graduate School of Theology
that a minister of the gospel should have a comprehensive
knowledge of the English Bible, a competency in the original
languages of scripture, a Biblically based theology, an understanding
of the educational program of the church, the skill to communicate
effectively God's word, an awareness of the Church's history,
and the ability to apply in the pastoral ministry what has
The curriculum for this degree implements these goals. In
addition, students are given the tools for evangelism and
discipleship and are well acquainted with the work of the
church through Christian service assignments and internship.
Moreover, ample opportunity to pursue special interests is
given by means of electives.
Applicants must possess the Bachelor of Arts degree or the
equivalent from an approved school. It is recommended that
the applicant's baccalaureate preparation include liberal
arts studies such as philosophy, history, modern languages,
and some work in human sciences. An interview with a faculty
member of CAL GRAD is highly recommended. This can be arranged
through the school office.
A total of 96 units of course work with a minimum grade point
average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Of these 96 units,
87 are core requirements and 9 are electives.
A maximum of 48 semester units of comparable work may be
transferred toward the Master of Divinity degree from recognized
graduate theological schools. In addition, students may petition
to substitute electives for core requirements if they have
previously taken and passed courses of the same content elsewhere.
A maximum of 3 units of independent study are allowed per
semester, with the total for the degree not to exceed 18 units.