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Providence announces new Master of Divinity program
Flexibility, affordability, and hands-on experience are some of the buzz words going around Providence Theological Seminary, after announcing the approval of a new Master of Divinity degree program starting in the Fall 2014.
Along with a resounding endorsement from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the new program reduces credit hours from 90 to 72, and offers a more hands-on and flexible learning experience for students wanting to work in the field while completing their degree.
The new degree is designed to meet the challenges potential students face when deciding whether or not to come to seminary – something Providence’s administration sees as very important to the student experience.
“In keeping with its mission, Providence Seminary’s desire is to make its programs available and accessible to as many people as possible,” says Academic Dean, Stan Hamm. “This new M.Div. program will allow people to study without relocating, and allow prospective students to remain in their present church or other occupation. We’re excited to see what God will do through this new venture.”
With its use of hands-on ministry placements, online courses, video conferencing, and intensive one and two-week modules, the program targets students from around the world who are engaged in active ministry and want a quality seminary education without having go through a complete relocation. It is Providence’s intent that through offering this expanded flexibility, a new hands-on experience, along with a bursary worth 60% of tuition to students entering the program in its first year, it will be able to extend the Providence community further than it ever has before.
Along with the widespread excitement throughout the Providence community, the ATS has also expressed enthusiasm towards this new program. “The institution has the appropriately robust structure, process, and criteria for student learning and degree program assessment,” their report states. “The revised program will continue to meet the institutional and educational mission of the seminary as well as meeting the purpose and goals of the M.Div. program.”
The new program will replace the existing M.Div. programs in the Fall 2014. Further information about the new program, applications, and bursaries is available on the Master of Divinity program page on our website.
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