Master of Divinity

Program Goal

The Master of Divinity program primarily prepares pastors for the parent denomination, KPCA, and secondarily trains leaders for the diverse ministries both in the narrow context of the KPCA, and the wider context of the global kingdom of God.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon graduation, the student will

  1. Religious Heritage

a.       Demonstrate an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible and an ability to interpret and communicate the Bible accurately

b.      Articulate the theological views of KPCA in a larger Reformed theological milieu

c.       Comprehend historical theology and its significance for the contemporary situation

  1. Personal & Spiritual Formation

a.       Deepen one’s knowledge of and love for God, self, and others

b.      Understand the dynamic process of spiritual transformation into Christlikeness

c.       Cultivate a deeper intimacy with Christ in personal life through development and practice of spiritual disciplines (formational habits)

d.      Exhibit an increasing degree of the fruit of the Spirit, that is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

  1. Cultural Context

a.       Develop a Christian worldview and apply biblical principles to individuals, communities, and the world, in view of diverse religious traditions of the world and particularities of different cultures.

b.      Develop the ability to critically evaluate insights drawn from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts from a biblical perspective, integrate with theology, and apply to their life and ministry.

d.      Write graduate level research papers effectively.

  1. Ministerial and Public Leadership

Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to integrate biblical principles of leadership and theological knowledge with professional skills vital for effective ministerial and public leadership, such as administration, preaching, teaching, counseling, evangelizing, discipling, and worship.


Admission Requirement

Those admitted to the Master of Divinity are required to have:

·         B.Th.  degree or its equivalent;

·         A 2.5 grade point average for all previous studies.


Degree Requirement

·         Completion of 98 credit units with a 2.5 grade average by completing the course requirements and;

·         Finish 2 credit units of student ministry during 6 semesters;

·         Submit a student ministry evaluation form written by a supervisor twice a year, at the end of May and December;

·         Optional completion of a thesis (6 credit units)

·         Pass the Bible Examination with a score over 70/100 (no credit unit).



The thesis for the Master of Divinity degree must reflect scholarship and thorough knowledge of the subject, and will be written in accordance with the school's guidelines. For those who elect to do a thesis as a Master of Divinity degree candidate, a review committee is set up to provide guidance, instruction, and evaluation for the dissertation. The primary functions of the committee include:

  • Approve the choice of thesis subject;
  • Provide instructions and guidance as a student begins to work;
  • Examine and approve the rough draft presented; and
  • Read and agree upon the evaluation of the thesis.


Only six months following the completion of coursework is allowed for completion of a thesis.


Timeline of the thesis writing is as following:

·         During the registration period: register for a thesis (GS699)

·         One week before the semester begins: assignment of a supervisor

·         15th of February or September: submission of the thesis proposal

·         25th of April or November: submission of the penultimate draft

·         5th of May or December: submission of the final draft to the school

·         Within one week of the submission: examination of the thesis by the committee

·         Within one week of the examination: submission of the final copy of the thesis


Method of Instruction

The method of instructions is direct instruction which is on-site, lecture-based. 

Qualified faculty will provide the following: a course outline that includes sequence of instruction and specific learning outcome. The sequence of instruction will include a list and brief description of each topic presented in the order of instruction along with a brief description of the lessons devoted to each topic. Faculties are required to spend an appropriate amount of time evaluating the progress of student learning and course material presented by students.


Field Education

The Field Education program is an integral part of the theological curriculum practical training by which students under supervision work at a variety of assignments at a local church, according to their particular ministerial goals and interests.


Required Credit Unit for Graduation


Biblical Theology                                15 units

Systematic Theology                                      6 units

Historical Theology                                         9 units

Pastoral Theology                              12 units

Spiritual Theology                                6 units

Intercultural Theology                       15 units

Academic Research                      3 units

       Field Education                 2 units

Electives                                             30 units

Total:                                            98 unit


Master of Divinity Course Curriculum

Core Course : Biblical Theology (15 units)

OT520(3 units/Korean)Old Testament I (Pentateuch and Former Prophets)

The course introduces critical literary and theological issues in Pentateuch and Former Prophets.  


OT521(3 units/Korean)Old Testament II (Latter Prophets and Writings)

The course introduces critical literary and theological issues in Latter Prophets and Writings.  


NT510(3 units/Korean)  New Testament I (Matthew-Acts)

A survey of major theological motifs in the Gospels and the Book of Acts such as the message and ministry of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels and proclamation of the Kerygma and formation of the early church.


NT520(3 units/Korean)  New Testament II (Romans-Revelation)

This course provides an introduction to the New Testament Epistles and the Book of Revelation, with particular attention to the distinctive historical context and theological content of each work.


BS501(3 units/Korean) Hermeneutics

A study of the principles of interpretation of the New Testament & the Old Testament. A Comparison of interpretation methodology across the theological spectrum wo;; also be conducted.


Core Course : Systematic Theology (6 units)

ST501(3 units/Korean) Systematic Theology I: Doctrine of God, Bibliology, Doctrine of Man & Christology

A systematic study of Biblical teachings concerning the person and the work of God, the authority of the Bible, humanity's relationship to God, and the person and work of Christ.


ST502(3 units/Korean) Systematic Theology II: Soteriology & Ecclesiology, Pneumatology & Eschatology

A systematic study of Biblical teachings concerning salvation, the Church, the person and work of the Holy Spirit and last things.


Core Course : Historical Theology (9 units)

CH510(3 units/Korean)  History of World Church

Survey of Church History is a basic introduction to the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the present day.


CH540(3 units/Korean) History of  Korean Church & Immigrant Church

Survey of Korean church history and character; Christianity in the light of the cultural and historical background of Korea; localization and contextualization; modern church growth and its future direction.


CH561(3 units/Korean) History of Protestant Reformation

Emphasis will be given to the survey of the theological thought of Reformers such as Luther and Calvin and how to interpret their thoughts in modern context.



Core Course : Pastoral Theology (12 units)

PT501(3 units/Korean)  Preaching

A basic course in the fundamentals of preaching and the development of the sermon. Methods of gathering sermon material, sermon preparation, and writing are studied.


PT602(3 units/Korean) Preaching Practicum

A course that exposes the student to techniques of expositional preaching, and a variety of approaches within the expository pattern. Development of sermons on assigned passages. Stu-dents preach with evaluation by instructor and class.

* Prerequisite for PT602 Preaching Practicum is PT501 Preaching.



PT515(3 units/Korean) KPCA Confession and Polity

This course will explore the confessional beliefs of KPCA and the role of church polity in the governance of a congregation and the ordering of its worship. Drawing upon supplemental readings and the documents in the current Book of Order, participants will have an opportunity to ground themselves in the knowledge of historical confessions and theory and practice of the polity of this denomination in preparation for both their ordination examinations and for service within the governing bodies of the church.


PT600(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Ministry & Ministerial Mentoring

In this course, 4 professors (ministers) will lecture on 4 different pastoral topics. Students will be learning various perspectives of ministry fields and acquired expertise that will help to prepare them for their future ministry. The courses are closely related to the overall mission of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America. Professor Kim, Insik will a lecture on motivation and the strategy of the new church , professor , Ju Hyuk-ro will lecture on the servant leadership, professor Baek, Jeongwoo will lecture on Bible meditation and sermon, and professor An, Sungbok will lecture on immigration ministry and ministry administration.


Core Course : Spiritual Theology (6 units)

PT510(3 units/Korean)  Spiritual Formation

The course seeks to understand the dynamic process of transformation into Christlikeness.  It is designed to help students re-examine their image of God, to gain a deeper understanding of their inner self, and to explore and experience various spiritual disciplines that foster continuous growth and maturity into increasing Christlikeness.  Special emphasis will be given to the role of the brain, mind, heart, body, social context, and soul in the spiritual formation process. 


PT620(3 units/Korean) Developmental Spirituality

The course explores the stages of spiritual journey and its interrelationship with cognitive, psychosocial, and faith development.  The goal is to deepen your understanding of God, yourself, and others, and increase your desire to move toward maturity in Christ.  Emphasis will be placed on the communal aspects of spirituality.

* Prerequisite for PT620 Developmental Spirituality is PT510 Spiritual Formation.


PT640(3 units/Korean)  Spiritual Mentoring/Direction

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to be mentored by a person of their choice in a more advanced spiritual stage than their own, while also guiding students to mentor others in a stage less advanced than their own.  Emphasis will be placed on holy listening and living in His presence.

* Prerequisite for PT640 Spiritual Mentoring/Direction is PT510 Spiritual Formation and PT620 Developmental Spirituality



Core Course : Intercultural Theology (15 units)

GE500(3 units/Korean) Humanities and Culture Studies

This course demonstrates and articulates critical understanding of the complex relationship between literary texts and human experience. The texts offered by professors then act as an starting point for students to share their thoughts of human relationships and human communities. The themes given by the texts make students to engage in critical and analytical exploration of human qualities and experiences. The course will include lectures, in-class discussions, and presenting each of themes per group. 


ST504(3 units/Korean)  Contemporary Christian Ethics

This course introduces students to contemporary ethical issues for Christians. It explores how responses to moral problems and integrity shape the Christian community. It provides a foundation for further studies in Christian ethics and for congregational/institutional responses to social and moral concerns.


MI640(3 units/Korean)  World Religion in Mission


MI500(3 units/Korean)  Introduction to Missiology

A study of world missions in the biblical and theological relation with historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world missions.


MI660(3 units/Korean) Intercultural Ministries

This course will examine various factors related to effective ministry in a cross-cultural

context [includes both overseas ministry as well as ministry to the growing international

community in the United States] including the use of insights and tools related to the

behavioral sciences, particularly cultural anthropology. It seeks to acquaint students with

some basic tools for understanding themselves, for understanding other cultures, and for

better communicating the Christian message across cultures.

* Prerequisite for MI660 Intercultural Ministries is MI500 Introduction to Missiology



Core Course : Academic Research (3 units)

GE503(3 units/Korean) Advanced Research Writing

An advanced study of how to conduct and present academic research. This includes use of library and online resources, and proper citation. This study also includes instruction in how to prepare and write a term paper, scholarly article or thesis.


Core Course : Field Education (2 units)

FWM 01~06(total 2 units) Field Work/Student Ministry

This courses are an integral part of the theological curriculum by which students under supervision work at a variety of assignments at a local church, according to their particular ministerial goals and interest.



Elective(Student can choose 30 units of elective courses. *Elective courses are subject to change.)


BH610(3 units/Korean)  Basic Hebrew Reading

Practice of reading Hebrew prose and acquisition of the basic Hebrew vocabulary


BG610(3 units/Korean)  Basic Greek Reading

Practice of reading New Testament passages and acquisition of the basic Greek vocabulary


OT610(3 units/Korean) Genesis           

Introduction to the book and a study of its message in its Ancient Near Eastern Context. It also explores its contribution to Jewish and Christian theology.  


OT660(3 units/Korean) Isaiah

Exegesis of the book of Isaiah with attention given to its critical issues, historical backgrounds, form and theology.


OT670(3 units/Korean)  Psalms

A study of the Hebrew poetry of the Old Testament, including exegesis of selected Psalms and expounding messianic poems.


OT680(3 units/Korean)  Deuteronomy

Introduction to the book and a study of its message, including the exegesis of selected passages.


NT502(3 units/Korean)  Sermon on the Mount

A study of the Sermon of Jesus on the Mount with various perspectives using biblical texts.


NT690(3 units/Korean)  Acts

A study of the emergence of the early Christian church as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles; attention is given to the historical context of the work, the literary techniques of the author, and the abiding theological lessons for Christian faith and practice today.


NT620(3 units/Korean)  Corinthians

A study of the problems of the Corinthian church, with related concerns in the modern congregation.


NT690(3 units/Korean)  Romans

A study of various interpretations of Paul’s letter to Romans. Focuses will be on the historical, literary, cultural, religious, and theological settings, in and for which Paul writes. Selected texts will be closely investigated for scholarly exegesis and practical application to contemporary pastoral settings.


CH620(3 units/Korean)  History of Christianity in Asia

A study of the form and development process of the Asian church within China, Japan and India, their faith, theology, worship and life. Special attention will be given to the relationship between the Asian church and the Korean church in the ecumenical era today.



CH670(3 units/Korean)  History of World Missions

The course seeks to explore church history from a missiological perspective. Special attention is given to the full global context of the expansion of the Church, including such diverse movements as the Chinese house church movement, the African Indigenous Church movement, the explosive growth of Pentecostalism in Latin America,

church planting and “churchless” Christians in India; mega-churches and mission sending initiatives from South Korea, and challenges and initiatives peculiar to Japan, including the non-church church movement.


CH680(3 units/Korean)  Theology of Roman Catholic Church

A study of the theology of the Roman Catholic church. A research of Augustine's historical context including the philosophical and religious factors which shaped his early response to Christianity and a study of the life and work of Thomas Aquinas in the context of theological challenges.


CH684(3 units/Korean)  American Church History

A study of the rise of the American church including its foundations in Europe towards the end of the Reformation and its development in conjunction with the foundation of the American colonies up through the present church scene in America.


ST521(3 units/Korean)  Theology of Calvin

This course examines and discusses some of the major issues of Calvin’s   Theology and important topics of the reformed theology related to Calvin.


ST670(3 units/Korean) Ecological Theology

A study of theology in ecological issues; relations of humans and nature concerning social and industrial worlds will be studied from theological perspectives.


ST690(3 units/Korean)  Theology of Bonhoeffer

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the life and thought of one of the 20th century’s most influential theologians, namely, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. During the course students will be exposed first-hand to most of Bonhoeffer’s major writings. Developments in his thought will be traced and related to the events in his life. The relevance of Bonhoeffer's theology for the life and work of the ministry today will be stressed.


PH630(3 units/Korean)  Christian Apologetics

Apologetics is the reasoned and faithful response by the Christian church to problems and criticisms of the faith. This course will survey several of the major problems and criticisms of the Christian church: its history, life and faith. It will also review the intellectual and faithful responses that Christians have  provided to them.


GS699(6 units/Korean) Thesis (If elected)

Research and writing of a thesis under supervision of a faculty member. Approval of thesis topic required. Candidates to graduate with a M.Div. degree can choose to write a thesis or take (2) advanced level (600 series or higher) graduate classes within their program of study, and receiving a (B) grade or higher.


PT630(3 units/Korean) Mission in the Islamic Cultural Area

The course surveys the beginning and expansion of Islam, its doctrinal and spiritual perspectives, and the Muslim tradition and culture. It also examines the history of Christian mission in the Muslim world for a better strategic planning for outreach. 


MI684 Theology of Mission

A study of world missions in the biblical and theological relation with historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world missions.


ED501(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Christian Education

An exploration of theological perspectives in religious education. Particular attention will be given to critical issues as they have emerged in pastoral education, and to the theological, philosophical and psychological dimensions of these.