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Degree Programs

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry

M.A. in Theology, Development & Evangelsim (T.D.E.)

M.Div./TDE

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

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M.A. in Theology, Development & Evangelism (TDE)  *emphasis on Public Health and HIV/AIDS

matdeIntroduction
This degree program offers training in gospel-centered holistic social transformation, instructing participants in theology, missiology, and community development.

In an increasingly complex world faithful and effective leaders need to attend to the implications of global social, economic and technological forces for the flourishing of human life and local cultures. Thus, it is important to equip Christian leaders with skills for holistic ministry.

Students are introduced to a broad range of development issues including HIV/AIDS and public health, poverty, capacity building, microeconomics, resource degradation, gender equality, and human rights.  The degree program is designed to study these issues contextually in a variety of settings in the USA, in the student’s home country, and in international cross-cultural contexts.

Graduates are equipped to document problems or needs, devise, and then propose holistic and sustainable development strategies from a theological core as faithful witness to and incarnation of the gospel.

The Mission
The mission of the MATDE program is to develop a comprehensive and responsible holistic theological vision. Acquired academic skills will also enable the candidate to be a better teacher and administrator in her or his context.  Students will develop theological, political, social, and personal sensitivity and skills to engage one’s culture with the gospel, respectful of local theologies while clearly centered in the lordship of Jesus Christ. Advanced study in the theological analysis of public health, culture, environment, economics, evangelism, and community development are significant components in this program.

Program
This degree program benefits church leaders:
• from international churches in developing countries;
• in domestic faith-communities whose work is done in contexts of rural North America, inner city, or urban centers; and
• in immigrant, refugee, and cross-cultural settings  within the United States.

Degree-Course Structure
The Master of Arts in Theology, Development, and Evangelism is a two-year program. Students enter the program in odd numbered years (2009, 2011, etc.) and are resident on the Wartburg Seminary campus for four semesters.

A major step in completing the degree is a capstone thesis, a significant research-writing project that integrates theological and development literature in a meaningful way relative to the student’s context.

International students begin with an intensive three-week language and orientation program on the seminary’s campus.  The first semester introduces students to holistic development within the context of contemporary theology.  Following a urban immersion experience, students begin preparing a research proposal the second term.

The months (mid-May-August) following the first year of study are a crucial time for students to apply skills learned in all three areas of emphasis at the local community level. Students give shape to the projects they pursue in the spring semester of the first year and present a proposal for a summer project, which will utilize applied research methodologies. The research project is written and reported during the fall semester of the second year.

The final semester brings together the components of the program, looking at holistic development within the framework of ecological stewardship and organization, culminating with each student presenting a realistic project proposal supported by the research report of the previous semester.

Students must meet distribution requirements of six credit hours in each of the three divisions, Biblical Studies, History and Theology, and Ministry. Students who enter the program with a Master of Divinity/Bachelor of Divinity degree, or its equivalent, may choose to meet these 18 credit hours through advanced courses.

M.A. in Theology, Development and Evangelism Curriculum

First Year:

SUMMER

IN 001W Language and Orientation

0 cr. hrs.


Fall Semester

Prolog Week

IN 100W

Theology in Context

1 cr. hr.

Week
1-14

IN 002W Evangelism in Community Development

0 cr. hr.

IN 102W Religion, Anthropology, and the Human World

3 cr. hrs.

IN 106W Spiritual Practices 

2 cr. hrs.

IN 198W Justification and Justice

1 cr. hr.

IN 112W TDE Seminar I:
Introduction to Holistic Development

1 cr. hr.

IN 113W Inquiry Methods for Community Development

3 cr. hrs.

Fall Distribution Requirement/Electives

Typically BI 221W Hebrew Bible Content I (2 cr. hrs.), BI 190W Jesus and the Gospels (3 cr. hrs.), HT 104W Foundations of the Church (2 cr. hrs.), or a course(s) chosen in consultation with an advisor.

 3 cr. hrs.

Semester Total:

 14 cr.hrs.



INTERIM

IN 111W Urban Community Development Immersion

3 cr. hrs.


Spring Semester

Week
1-14

IN 003W Graduate Writing

 

IN 114W TDE Seminar III:
Writing a Research Report

1 cr. hr.

IN 115W Ecclesiology and Community Development 

3 cr. hrs.

IN 116W Theological Integration of Accounting, Accountability, and Ethics

1 cr. hr.

IN 117W Introduction to Public Health (New course)

2 cr. hrs.

Distribution Requirements/Electives

 7 cr. hrs.

Semester Total:

 14 cr.hrs.


Second Year:

SUMMER

IN 211W Project in Home Context

3 cr. hrs.


Fall Semester

Prolog Week

IN 212W

Presentation of Projects in Home Contexts

1 cr. hr.

Week
1-14

IN 213W Evangelism in Community Development

3 cr. hrs.

IN 214W TDE Seminar III:
Writing a Research Report

1 cr. hr.

IN 215W Methods of Community Development

3 cr. hrs.

IN 218W Economics of Developing Countries in Global Contexts (Revised course)

3 cr. hrs.

Distribution Requirements/Electives

 3 cr. hrs.

Semester Total:

 14 cr.hrs.

INTERIM

IN 312W Public Health Practicum (New course)

3 cr. hrs.

Spring Semester

Week
1-14

IN 212W Ethics, Environment, and Development

3 cr. hrs.

IN 214W TDE Seminar III:
Writing a Research Report

1 cr. hr.

IN 215W Organizational Capacity Building

3 cr.hrs.

Distribution Requirements/Electives

 7 cr. hrs.

Semester Total:

 14 cr. hrs.

TDE Graduation Requirements
The requirements of the Master of Arts in Theology, Development, and Evangelism degree are:

  1. The satisfactory completion of a minimum of 65 semester hours.
  2. Two full-time academic years of residency.
  3.  A recommendation by the faculty to the Board of Directors and the board’s approval.

Students must file an “Application for Degree” with the Registrar at the beginning of their final semester. A student must be in good standing with the business office, bookstore, library, and student services office in order to receive a diploma.


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