Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Divinity

(Although separated to represent individual outcomes, the following are necessarily integrated.)

1. A Mind for Truth

A. Articulation – oral & written. Broadly understands and articulates knowledge, both oral and written, of essential biblical, theological, historical, and cultural/global information, including details, concepts, and frameworks.

B. Scripture. Significant knowledge of the original meaning of Scripture. Also, the concepts for and skill to research further into the original meaning of Scripture and to apply Scripture to a variety of modern circumstances. (Includes appropriate use of original languages and hermeneutics; and integrates theological, historical, and cultural/global perspectives.)

C. Reformed Theology. Significant knowledge of Reformed theology and practice, with emphasis on the Westminster Standards.

2. A Heart for God

A. Sanctification. Demonstrates a love for the Triune God that aids the student’s sanctification.

B. Desire for Worldview. Burning desire to conform all of life to the Word of God.

C. Winsomely Reformed & Evangelistic. Embraces a winsomely Reformed ethos. (Includes an appropriate ecumenical spirit with other Christians, especially Evangelicals; a concern to present the Gospel in a God-honoring manner to non-Christians; and a truth-in-love attitude in disagreements.)

3. For Servant Leadership

A. Preach. Ability to preach and teach the meaning of Scripture to both heart and mind with clarity and enthusiasm.

B. Worship. Knowledgeable of historic and modern Christian-worship forms; and ability to construct and skill to lead a worship service.

C. Shepherd. Ability to shepherd the local congregation: aiding in spiritual maturity; promoting use of gifts and callings; and encouraging a concern for non-Christians, both in America and worldwide.

D. Church/World. Ability to interact within a denominational context, within the broader worldwide church, and with significant public issues.


For a summary of the degree program assessment process, see Degree Program Assessment.

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