72 Credit Hours


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to prepare competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve effectively as pastors or leaders in a variety of Christian ministries, and to prepare students to pursue advanced degrees such as the ThM, PhD, and DMin. The curriculum gives both a basic foundation for the work of the ministry and a balanced, well-rounded biblical and theological perspective.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of of the content and critical issues in the Old and New Testaments from a conservative perspective
  • Demonstrate aptitude for graduate level research in Bible, theology, and ministry-related courses
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, theology, hermeneutics, church history, and practical ministry
  • Learn how to develop, implement, and assess strategies for effective ministry

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher*
  • Autobiographical essay giving testimony of salvation and reason for entering the program
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University
  • Agreement with the student doctrinal statement
  • Agreement with the Piedmont Divinity School's standards of behavior

*Consideration may be given in rare instances to students with a lower GPA due to extenuating circumstances pending the approval of the Dean of the Divinity School.

Degree Requirements

  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is six years.
  • A minimum of 36 credit hours must be completed at CU.
  • Up to 50% of the required credit hours can be transferred.
  • Graduation is contingent upon the completion of 72 hours of prescribed courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.


18 Credit Hours

Biblical Studies Core

One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)
3 Credit Hours
One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)
3 Credit Hours
One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)
3 Credit Hours
One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book study)
3 Credit Hours


3 Credit Hours

Church History


3 Credit Hours
3 Credit Hours

Note about Electives:

These are “free” electives. The student and adviser should choose courses from the Piedmont Divinity School curriculum or from other schools of the University that would best prepare the student for their ministry goals. Approved student internships can also be substituted for elective hours.