academic programs

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Academic Programs

The Seminary offers three graduate degree programs, one of which is directed toward practice in the ordained ministry of word, sacraments, and order, another provides flexible theological education for purposes other than the ordained ministry, and the third provides preparation for the attainment of the highest degree in the practice of ministry. The Seminary also offers a diploma program in Christian ministry for pastors and lay-persons who may or may not have the requirements for matriculation in the degree programs. Each of these programs accentuates a ministry to the total person and seeks to foster a dynamic relationship among the many disciplines and competencies which undergird effective Christian ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.)


The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)


 

Two Tracks in the Master's Programs

The Seminary offers its Master's degree programs in two tracks:

Track I courses are ordinarily offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 8:10am to 6:00pm.

Track II courses are ordinarily offered on Fridays from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, and on Saturdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Track II is a flexible arrangement which makes it possible for mature, working, and commuting students to pursue graduate degrees without severely disrupting their obligations to family and careers. The courses offered in this track are usually taught by the regular faculty of the Seminary, and meet the same high academic standards as the courses taught in Track I.

Students enrolled in either track may take courses in the other track, providing they take the majority of courses in the track in which they are registered, and that the total number of credits to be attempted in both tracks in a semester does not exceed a maximum of 15 semester hours. Track II students in their first semester may not exceed a maximum of 9 semester hours. Permission must be obtained from the Academic Dean to exceed that maximum.

For the past three years, Hood Theological Seminary has endeavored to improve our retention practices and outcomes. The following data reflects our positive trends.
Retention Summaries (PDF)