Associate of Divinity

Description of the Associate of Divinity Degree (ADiv)

The Associate of Divinity Degree is a postsecondary professional degree intended for persons who hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, but who have not completed a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Divinity Degree is designed to equip students for effective ministry as a pastor, associate pastor, church planter, missionary, or evangelist. This degree requires 60 semester hours of academic credit for graduation.

Completion Requirements for the Associate of Divinity Degree

General Requirements

To qualify for graduation from The College at Mid-America, each student in the Associate of Divinity Degree program must satisfy the general requirements for graduation as set forth in this catalog.

General Education Requirements

Each student pursuing the Associate of Divinity Degree is required to complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses, with at least one course in each of three areas: the humanities or fine arts, the social or behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences or mathematics. The general education courses may be transferred from another postsecondary institution, or they may be completed within the required course structure of the Associate of Divinity Degree.

Humanities or Fine Arts
EN 4914Introduction to Literature (Pure Humanities)3
Social or Behavioral Sciences
CM 4484Introduction to Christian Ministries3
PM 4302Contemporary Worldview3
PM 4270Leadership Development3
Natural Sciences or Mathematics
SC 4981Introduction to Biology3
Total Hours15

General Education Goals

The goals of the general education core are to help the student acquire broad-based knowledge in the areas of:

  1. Humanities or Fine Arts: To evaluate and critique the influence of artistic techniques and expression on culture and society.
  2. Social or Behavioral Sciences: To identify and analyze data, perspectives, trends, concepts, or issues pertaining to human social function and experience.
  3. Natural Sciences or Mathematics: To examine issues related to the natural sciences from an evidence-based perspective and use in applied contexts.

Required Courses for the Associate of Divinity (ADiv) Degree

Course Requirements

Each student seeking the Associate of Divinity Degree must complete the 60 semester hours of courses specified in the following table.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
BH 2100 Basic Biblical Interpretation 3
OT 2101
OT 2102
Old Testament Survey 1
and Old Testament Survey 2
EV 3200 Personal Evangelism 3
TH 3701 Basic Biblical Doctrines 3
PM 4302 Contemporary Worldview 3
CM 4484 Introduction to Christian Ministries 3
PM 4300 Spiritual Formation 3
EN 4914 Introduction to Literature 3
SC 4981 Introduction to Biology 3
Second Year
NT 2601
NT 2602
New Testament Survey 1
and New Testament Survey 2
CH 3001 The History of Christianity 3
MS 3370 Introduction to Missions 3
HM 4001
HM 4005
Biblical Preaching 1
and Biblical Preaching 2
CN 4101 History of the Biblical Counseling Movement 3
PM 4270 Leadership Development 3
PM 4200 Pastoral Ministry 3
Theology Elective 3
 Total Hours60