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MDiv/MBA in Economic Development

MDiv/MBA in Economic Development
Program Overview

This distinctive dual degree program represents the Seminary's longstanding commitment to holistic ministry, ministry that addresses spiritual, emotional, social and material needs. The MBA portion of the program, offered at Eastern University, is intentionally contextualized to issues in the two-thirds world and to issues in urban areas of the U.S.  Students pursuing this dual degree choose one of two concentrations. The International Concentration is for those who envision working outside the U.S. either in a city or some other context. The Urban Concentration is for those who desire to serve in a city within the United States.

Regardless of the concentration, the MBA portion of this dual degree program seeks to recognize the multi-faceted causes of poverty and to provide instruction and guidance aimed at designing intervention strategies to enable people to move toward economic self-sufficiency. The MDiv portion of the program prepares students for pastoral ministry.

Earning the MDiv and the MBA degrees separately would normally require five years of full-time study. This program is designed to enable students to complete both degrees in a total of four years. MBA coursework fulfills some of the electives required for the MDiv while one MDiv course is recognized as fulfilling one of the course requirements for the MBA. (For part-time students the time needed to complete the degrees varies based on course load.)

Spiritual Formation
Old Testament Pentateuch
Old Testament Historical Books
Gospels and Acts
Biblical Interpretation for Ministry
New Testament Greek or Biblical Hebrew
The Church in Mission through History
Christian Heritage elective
Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Theological Foundations of Congregational Life
A Guide to Seminary Writing
Vocational Personal Inventories

Critical Analysis in Theological Studies
Greek Exegesis or Hebrew Exegesis
Systematic Theology and Ethics
Advanced Topics in Systematic Theology and Ethics
Introduction to Homiletics
Preaching Practicum
Prophets or Pauline Epistles or Biblical Theology
Boundaries and Systems for Ministry
Pastoral Leadership
Theological Field Education (two semesters)
Mid-Program Assessment

Courses at the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Theology and Practice of Worship
Christian Renewal and Evangelism
Christian World Mission
Integrative Seminar
Free electives (including denominational requirements - a total of nine units)