Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is a professional degree designed to prepare and upgrade pastors, Bible workers, and chaplains. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA). This program accepts students who hold a baccalaureate degree in religion or another area or a master’s degree in ministry/theology.


Outcomes  Competencies
Personal and Spiritual
  • Demonstrates the ability to integrate personal faith and theological learning in the context of ministry
  • Demonstrates insight and self-knowledge on spiritual practice
  • Is able to teach, model, and inspire a life of faith that fosters a posture of reverence, gratitude and desire for truth
  • Is an example in justice (fairness), compassion (kindness), integrity (honesty) and service (humility)
Professional Knowledge
  • Understands biblical principles and is able to apply them to contemporary situations
  • Recognize and defend the unity and diversity of the Adventist church in consideration of its history, traditions, and distinctive teachings
  • Is to analyze contemporary theological issues from an Adventist perspective
Christian Commitment
  • Exercises effective leadership of the church within the context of its communities through teaching, worship, pastoral care and welfare ministries
  • Takes responsibility to lead and equip the church to progress by faith despite challenges
  • Is able to move people to participate in gospel ministry with motivation, enthusiasm, and passion

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 15 semester hours per regular semester and 9 semester hours in an intersemester. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on scholastic probation. Students placed on scholastic probation are limited to 12 semester hours per regular semester or 6 semester hours in the intersemester until the scholastic probation is lifted.

Directed Study

A Directed Study should only be taken in case of a scheduling conflict or to fulfill a special coursework need of the student. A maximum of 9 credits of Directed Study work may be taken. A student may not use the Directed Study option in place of a core requirement without specific ASAC approval.

Admission Requirements

1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).
2. Demonstrated English proficiency.


Have at least 54 semester hours in religion at the undergraduate level or 36 semester hours at the graduate level. All the prerequisite courses need to be done before 50% of the program is completed.

Those who want to accomplish their prerequisites at AIIAS must earn 12 credits from each of the areas of Applied Theology, Biblical Studies, and Theological-Historical Studies.

Applied Theology courses must be the following:

  • CHMN 512 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3)
  • CHMN 545 Dynamic Sermon Design and Delivery (3)
  • CHMN 556 Pastoral Ministry (3)
  • CHMN 558 Ministry Practicum I/II/III (3)

Degree Requirements

1. Complete 72 semester hours of coursework specified in the program within a maximum of eight years excluding the time of completing the prerequisites.
2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of not less than 2.75 for graduation.

Credit by Transfer

The maximum credits by transfer and the challenge of courses through challenge exams may not exceed 18 semester hours. Master of Ministry and Master of Arts in Ministry degrees from AIIAS may transfer up to 36 credits into the MDiv program.

Field Evangelism and Practicum Courses

The online students do their practicum and Field Evangelism under the supervision of a Church entity with whom the Seminary and the Online Division make a specific arrangement and agreement. The details about implementation and evaluation of the courses are elaborated in the course outline. Based on the ministerial experience the requirements for the Practicum course may differ.


In order to complete the Master of Divinity program the following 72 semester hours must be completed.

Applied Theology Credits
Required courses: (15) 
  CHMN 550 Field Evangelism 3
  CHMN 555 Applied Theology Colloquium I 1
  CHMN 579 Ministry and Spiritual Life 3
  CHMN 658 Advanced Church Ministry Practicum I/II 2
  LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics 3
  MSSN 577 Growing Disciples and Mission 3
Elective Courses (15) 
  One CHMN Course 3
  One LEAD Course 3
  Two MSSN Courses 6
  One CHMN/MSSN/LEAD Course 3
 Total Credits 30


Biblical Studies Credits
Required courses: (9) 
  NTST 540 Greek Grammar 3
  OTST 540 Hebrew Grammar 3
  OTST/NTST 512 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Elective Courses (9) 
  One OTST Course 3
  One NTST Course 3
  One OTST/NTST Course 3
Total Credits 18


Theological-Historical Studies Credits
Required courses: (6) 
   CHIS 570 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
   THST 531 Distinctive Doctrines of the Seventh–day Adventist Church
Elective Courses: (12) 
  One CHIS Course 3
  Three THST/CHPH Courses 9
Total Credits 18


General Courses Credits
GSEM 608 Advanced Methods of Teaching Bible 3
One of the following:  
  GSEM 600 Applied Theology Research and Writing 3
  GSEM 630 Documentary Research and Writing 3
Total Credits 6


Total Semester Hours 72


Pavel Zubkov
MDiv Program Director