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1 Ge n e r a l Ac a d e m i c In f o r m at i o n Gr a d e s Lexington Theological Seminary uses a 4.0 grading scale. Graduation requires a 2.5 GPA. Tr a n s f e r a n d Sh a r e d Cr e d i t from Other Schools Credit can be transferred into the degree programs at Lexington Seminary. To be accepted for transfer, the credits must be less than ten years old, earned at a seminary or graduate school accredited by an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education (or international equivalent) appropriate to the degree at Lexington, and must carry a grade of B or above. If the student is already in a degree program at Lexington, the work at another institution must be approved ahead of time by the Dean. Work taken through the TEAM-A exchange is not considered transfer work. The maximum transfer credits for hours not used toward another degree is 30 for the M.Div., 15 for the M.A., and three for the D.Min. Ex t e n s i o n o f Ti m e Limit for Degree The time limit for completion of a Master of Divinity degree is five years, Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is seven years, and Doctor of Ministry is seven years. Students who have not completed the program by the end of this period must petition the faculty for an extension and must specify a schedule for the completion of the work. Some further course work may be required. Master of Divinity The Master of Divinity is a professional degree designed to help men and women preparing for Christian ministry. This degree is required for ordination by many denominations. The degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. Foundations for Ministry (6 hours FM 500 Introduction to Theological Studies (Must be taken in first two semesters) FM 700 Senior Symposium (Must be taken in last spring semester) AREA 1: Bible (12 hours) B 500 Survey of the First Testament B 500 Survey of the New Testament B 600 First Testament Exegesis Elective B 600 New Testament Exegesis Elective AREA 2: Theology & History (15 hours) CH 500 Survey of Church History (Must be taken in the first 27 hours of study) TH 500 Historical Theology TH 500 Systematic Theology (Pre-requisite: Historical Theology) CH 600 Church History Elective (Denominational history or history courses can be used for this requirement) TH 600 Theology Elective AREA 3: Ethics & Culture (9 hours) ES 500 Introduction to Christian Social Ethics CUL 500 Survey of World Religions ES/CUL 600 Ethics or Culture Elective AREA 4: Practice of Ministry (24 hours) PLFE 500 Pastoral Leadership/Field Education 17

2 EM 500 Educational Ministry PC 500 Principles of Pastoral Care & Counseling WOR 500 Introduction to Worship WOR 500 Introduction to Preaching FE 600 Field Education Elective PL/EM 600 Pastoral Leadership or Educational Ministry Elective (Polity course can be used to fulfill this requirement.) 700 Seminar Electives (15 hours) One of these classes must be an Immersion Course Biblical language courses can be substituted for two of these electives, but must be followed by an exegesis course in that language to receive credit. TOTAL HOURS: 81 Dr. Jerry Sumney, professor of biblical studies, lecturing in class. Field Education Students gain formative experience in ministry through field education. Through supervised work in a ministerial setting, students: deepen their understanding of themselves in ministry, practice and develop ministerial skills, develop a conversation between course work and ministerial experience, and learn to ask "why" as a regular component of ministerial work. Master of Arts The Master of Arts is a program designed to Professor Laurence H. Kant serves as associate professor of the history of religion. 18

3 prepare men and women for a wide variety of ministries including advanced graduate study in one of the theological disciplines. It introduces students to the main theological disciplines, provides opportunity for some specialization, and requires a thesis relevant to the student s goal. It is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate preparation for a variety of vocational goals. M.A. Basic One course in each of these subjects: First Testament New Testament Church History Theology Ethics and Society Christian Ministries (Courses include: CM, EM, HOM, PC, PM, WOR) Three additional courses (9 hours) selected from the above subjects Five electives (15 hours) Thesis (6 hours) Total required = 48 semester hours Ma s t e r o f Ar t s in Pastoral Studies The purpose of the degree is to prepare Roman Catholics for lay ministry at a diocesan or parish level. The degree is designed only for Roman Catholics who do not seek ordination. Others will not be admitted. Graduates of this program will have a basic knowledge of scripture, contemporary biblical scholarship, the Christian tradition, theology, moral theology, and sacramental traditions. They will have skills in developing and executing programs of education, administration of parish life, and pastoral care and nurture of Christian communities. Bible (6 hours to be approved by the advisor) CH 550 Introduction to Church History TH 550 Introduction to Theology: Historical PM 677 Pastoral Studies Practicum TH 577 Doctrinal Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church CHTH 578 Modern Catholic Ecclesiology TH 581 Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church ES 582 Catholic Moral Theology One course in each of the following departments: Educational Ministry Pastoral Care Practice of Ministry Three electives (9 hours) Research Paper Total required = 48 semester hours Do u b l e Co m p e t e n c e in Social Work The Double Competency program in theology and social work enables students to acquire the M.Div., M.A., or M.A.P.S. from Lexington Theological Seminary and the Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) from the College of Social Work of the University of Kentucky. The program is for students whose career interests are social work and the ministry or who recognize the relevance of the knowledge base of social work to their roles in the ministry and vice-versa. Graduates of the program may be qualified for employment by both church and social agencies. The transfer in of hours from the College of Social Work makes possible the shortening of the overall time required to acquire both degrees separately. 19

4 Ce rt i f i c at e in Ge r o n t o l o g y Lexington Theological Seminary students may earn a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The certificate requires 12 hours of classroom work and a field experience for which three hours of credit are earned. The Seminary will transfer in all 15 hours from the University. Doctor of Ministry The Doctor of Ministry program at Lexington Theological Seminary is an advanced professional degree, requiring 32 semester hours, and designed to strengthen ministry practice and leadership in the midst of today s rapidly changing cultures. The faculty intends to make this program a setting for sustained reflection on the practice of ministry. At Lexington, students seek to be critical interpreters of culture and theology, skilled practitioners, and faithful pastoral leaders. D.Min. studies call for rigorous academic work within the context of collegiality. Priorities include spiritual formation and a high level of commitment to the life and witness of the Church. The goal of this doctoral program is the integration of an advanced level of theological reflection with the ongoing practice of ministry, thereby raising the standards of ministry and contributing to the renewal and mission of the Church. Core Studies (8 hours to be completed in the first year) These are foundational courses that enable the student to enrich personal understanding around the issues of vocation, cultural contexts, and pastoral leadership. These offerings also open the door to advanced learning in the areas of research and writing. Ar e a St u d i e s (12 hours to be begun in the second year) Students must choose one course from each of the following three areas, plus one additional course in one of these areas for a total of four Area Studies: Bible, Theology, Ethics Church History, Interfaith and Cross- Cultural Studies Christian Ministries: Homiletics, Pastoral Care, Educational Ministry, Worship, Pastoral Leadership Elective Studies (6 hours) Two studies may be chosen in any of the three areas listed above. For these two courses only, Directed Study is possible, as are enhanced M.Div. classes. Students may also transfer three hours of Elective Study credit from an accredited institution, as approved by the director and the dean. The Thesis/Project (6 hours) After completing 17 hours in the D.Min. program, students apply for D.Min. candidacy by submitting a Thesis/Project proposal to the faculty. Once the proposal is approved and under the tutelage of a faculty advisor, the student begins work on the Thesis/Project. Following the completion of all course work, and as they undertake the research and writing of the Thesis/Project, students will enroll in a one-hour research course each spring and fall semester with a limit of six semesters. This requirement helps students and their faculty advisors to keep pace toward the successful completion of the D.min. Thesis/ Project. 20

5 The Doctor of Ministry Thesis/Project The D.Min. Thesis/Project is the final phase of the program. It is a concrete expression of the aim to integrate theology and practice by addressing a particular issue in the life of the congregation or church agency served by the doctoral candidate. The goal is to require candidates to express their calling as practical theologians in defining, exploring, and reflecting on an issue of significance. The Thesis/Project must reflect substantive, scholarly research in the area of inquiry. Depending upon the nature of the inquiry, candidates may be required to enlist a collaborative team of leaders from the congregational or agency context in which they serve. Models for the Thesis/Project are: Action/Reflection The development and implementation of a program in a congregational or church agency setting, with particular emphasis on the theological grounding and the critical evaluation of the program. Extended Research Essay An inquiry into a topic related to the integration of theology and the practice of ministry in a congregation or church agency. Admission and Enrollment Enrollment in the D.Min. program is possible in the fall semester only. Application materials may be submitted to the Director of Admissions at anytime, but the final deadline is July 1 of each year. Applicants must be currently engaged in the practice of ministry and hold an M.Div. from an accredited theological school. They should have at least three years of ministry experience beyond the granting of the M.Div. degree and should give evidence of congregational or agency support for the applicant s enrollment in the program. Admission Standards A GPA of 3.25 is required. (A GPA of 3.00 must be maintained while in the program). An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages, single-spaced) is required. A Ministry Reflection Paper (8-10 pages, double-spaced) is required. Computer Needs Each D.Min. enrollee is expected to have computer skills and access for contact with the Seminary staff and faculty. Computers are an important part of each D.Min. student's academic life. 21

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