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Master of Divinity

The M.Div. is designed to provide seminary-level training for men pursuing pastoral, missionary, evangelistic or related ministries.

It provides both breadth and depth, consisting of 96 credits of coursework, including approximately 80 credits of requirements in the areas of Bible and biblical languages, theology and practical ministry. Sixteen credits allow the student to bring part of his preparation into sharper focus.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.Div., 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 Rotation

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 501 New Testament Introduction 2
BI 512 Advanced Hermeneutics 2
BI 521 Old Testament Introduction 2
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 2
TH 502 Old Testament Theology 2
TH 511 Historical Theology 1 2
TH 512 Historical Theology 2 2
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 1
*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 2
HI 536 History of Christianity 2 2


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 16


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 three 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.