Credentialed MDiv Program

Master of Divinity at The Master’s Institute

  • Classes are held on-campus at MI in St. Paul, MN
  • 3 Years Distance & Face to Face
  • Taught by Highly Educated Practioners
  • Scripture Practicum: Intense weekly training to ensure biblical integrity in Exegesis and
  • Hermeneutics for three years
  • Encouraging a growing intimacy with God – Intentional process toward inner health and wholeness
  • Training proven leaders for more in ministry-based internships
  • Life transforming relationships between students, staff, mentors, and faculty in a community that is safe
  • Academic studies from a biblical worldview offered in a seminar format
  • Interaction with gifted scholars and passionate pastors and teachers
  • Inter-cultural preparation for ministry in a world of changing cultures
Seminary – A Typical Week

A typical week for a full-time MI St. Paul seminary student involves an average of nine hours academic teaching plus fifteen hours of leadership training at a local church, and approximately fifteen hours of class homework and twelve hours of spiritual and character formation (including one-on-one mentoring, small group interaction, personal devotions, and guided reading).

There are approximately thirty-two (32) class seminars in the course of a school year, held on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. A seminar is taught on one subject by one teacher each week. The curriculum rotates each year in carousel style (years A,B,C), and all students study the same curriculum.

The courses cover a wide range of seminar topics from Biblical Studies to Church History to Practical Theology to Leadership and Ministry skills. The school year begins end of August and ends in mid May.

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Weekly Schedule
Thursday Friday
7:45 – 8:10 Devotion 8:00 – 8:50 Class 5
8:10 – 9:00 Class 1 9:00 – 9:50 Class 6
9:10 – 10:00 Class 2 10:00 – 10:50 Class 7
10:10 – 11:00 Class 3 11:00 – 11:50 Class 8
11:10 – 12:00 Class 4 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
12:00 – 1:00  Lunch
1:10 – 2:00 Worship
2:10 – 3:30 Scripture Practicum
The Word of God is Our Primary Textbook

Whether we are teaching on stress management or homiletics, the Scriptures are the foundational sourcebook. We desire that our students be people of the Word. One of our highest goals at MI is that our students “be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 timothy 3:17). That means that we must let the Word of God show its usefulness in “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” (v.16).

Who Teaches @ MI?

A staff of adjunct professors. Some are pastors in the Twin Cities who have a gift and passion for communicating the Christian message. Some are seminary professors whose values and gifting fit well with our program. We teach from the Lutheran perspective on Reformation perspectives (Word alone, Grace alone, Faith alone).

Homework Assignments
  • Read the material assigned by the teacher in preparation for each seminar.
  • Following each seminar, write a post-class reflection of the seminar according to the class syllabus.
  • For Spiritual and Character Formation components, complete the reading and writing assignments.
  • Complete an inductive Bible study assignment each week for Scripture Practicum.

Grading

The Faculty or, in some cases, the Leadership Team, will evaluate academic papers for “clarity of thought” and “comprehension”. MI is equally concerned for excellence in character as it is in academics. If a student were to get an A in theology and a D in character, we would have missed our goal. We are training leaders who think Biblically, but we also want students whose character is conformed to the image of Christ.

Students receive their grades based on the following:

Clarity of Thought (COT):

  • Basic grammar construction and spelling
  • Clear flow of thought
  • Proper citation (footnotes, plagiarism, quotes, etc.)

Comprehension/Content (Comp):

  • Required content per your syllabus
  • Evidence of comprehension of subject
Fall Kickoff Events

This event begins our year with three days together. The event is for all students and is a time for students to begin building relationships with each other and the staff.

Elements of the event include faith stories, teaching, prayer ministry, worship, fun, building trust and bonding.

Intercultural Training

Seminary Students (Local )

Participate in classroom and experiential inter-cultural training seminar for ten days in the Twin Cities. This will include staying on-site in the ethnic community during the outreach. The seminar content will address issues such as world views, cultural value systems, contextualization, and the impact of the gospel on culture change. Also exposure to ethnic and immigrant communities in the Twin Cities. Every person preparing for ministry benefits from studying and working in a variety of settings and cultures.

All trips/activities include preparation, personal involvement, and a written evaluation. The schedule is announced in the fall and the training take place in the Spring. The cost is included in your tuition.

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