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Degree Completion



Grace Mission University offers two graduate professional degrees:

" Master of Divinity
" Master of Religious Education

In each degree program the student can develop an area of concentration such as biblical, theological or ministerial studies after consulting with his/her advisor.


The graduate faculty recognizes that the preparation of men and women for vocational ministry requires both academic and practical learning experiences. Therefore, the Office of Supervised Ministry helps every student to acquire practical experiences through local churches or para-church ministries.


Students who plan to graduate from Grace Mission University must fulfill all applicable graduation requirements for the program to which they were admitted.

Students must notify the Registrar of their intention to graduate no later than the beginning of the spring semester in the year which they plan to graduate. The faculty and Board of Trustees reserve the right to deny graduation to any student who does not meet the stated requirements for graduation. Students must clear their financial accounts of any balances before graduation.

Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.)

" Satisfactory completion of 105 semester units.
" Completion of all courses prescribed in the M.Div. curriculum.
" Pass a comprehensive examination.
" Maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B)
" At least 48 units must be earned at GMU by transfer students.

Master of Religious Education Degree (M.R.E.)

" Satisfactorily completion of 69 semester units.
" Completion of all courses prescribed in the program.
" Pass a comprehensive examination.
" Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B).
" At least 58 units must be earned at GMU by transfer students.


The Master of Divinity is the three-year professional degree for ordained ministry. It is designed with the intentional integration of biblical, theological, historical, and practices of ministry studies with supervised ministry experience. The program is designed to equip candidates for full-time vocational ministry as pastors, and provides the professional training for evangelists, chaplains, missionaries, church associates, and leaders in para-church organizations. The student will earn a minimum of 96 credit hours to complete the degree program.

Degree Goals

The Master of Divinity degree program seeks to:
" Prepare men and women for vocational ministry;
" Provide candidates with a solid knowledge of Scripture and the tools to interpret biblical revelation responsibility as a foundation for a theological understanding and the practice of ministry;
" Provide biblical and theological training with the practical ministry skills of leadership, preaching, worship, teaching, care-giving, and administration, which are essential for effective ministry;
" Enable students to develop a theology of ministry that is relevant to the context of their calling;
" Allow students the opportunity to experience ministry training through supervised experiences; and
" Encourage students to grow spiritually and to develop their spiritual giftings.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of The Master of Divinity degree, students will be able to:
" Demonstrate the ability to interpret and properly apply the Bible using sound hermeneutical principles and exegetical methods;
" Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical tenets of the Church and of the Reform distinctives;
" Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the heritage, traditions, and practices of the Church and particularly of the Reform tradition;
" Demonstrate a knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church, and be able to articulate a biblically-based philosophy of ministry;
" Demonstrate the ability to integrate biblical and theological knowledge with the practices of ministry;
" Demonstrate the ability to communicate God's truth clearly, accurately, and convincingly to a single individual or a community;
" Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to do the basic tasks of ministry;
" Demonstrate Christ-like character and credibility for ministry.

Degree Requirements

This is a 105 semester hour graduate degree. The requirements for completing this program are:

Biblical/ Theological Studies 36 Units
General Studies 24 Units
Practical Theology 33 Units
Electives 12 Units
Total 105 Units

Biblical/ Theological Studies 36 Units
GTT507 Intro to the Bible (3 crd)
GOT517 Pentateuch (3 crd)
GOT547 Major Prophets (3 crd)
GOT548 Minor Prophets (3 crd)
GNT538 Gospels (3 crd)
GNT558 Acts & Pauline Epistles (3 crd)
GBL510 Hermeneutics (3 crd)
GNT595 General Epistles & Revelation (3 crd) GOT557 Historical Books & Wisdom Literature (3 crd)
GST511 Systematic Theology I (3 crd: Bible, God, Man)
GST521 Systematic Theology II (3 crd: Christ, Sin, Salvation)
GST531 Systematic Theology III (3 crd: Holy Spirit, Church, Eschatology)

General Studies 24 Units
GLS436 Information Literacy & Technology (2 crd)
GBT435 Research and Writing (2 crd)
GBL422 Greek I (3 crd)
GBL430 Hebrew I (3 crd)
GST523 Christian Ethics (2 crd)
GPT580 Christian Education (2 crd)
GCH515 Church History I (Early - Reformation) (3 crd)
GCH525 Church History II (Modern & American) (3 crd)
GCH545 Korean Church History (2 crd)
GGS510 Integrative Exit Seminar (2 crd)

Practical Theology 33 Units
GPT504 Pastoral Theology & Ministry (3 crd)
GPT500 Ministry Formation (3 crd)
GSF522 Spiritual Formation (2 crd)
GCG593 Outreach & Evangelism (2 crd)
GPT505 Cells & Church Planting (3 crds)
GPT524 Pastoral Counseling (2 crd)
GPT525 Intro to Homiletics (3 crd)
GPT535 Preaching Practicum (2 crd)
GPT541 Leadership & Administration (3 crd)
GTM544 Into to Mission (3 crd)
GPT625 Planning & Leading Worship (2 crd)
GST555 Christian Apologetics (3 crd)
GPE525 Equipping Believers in Spiritual Formation (2 crd)

Elective Courses 12 Units Prerequisites: Course with * are considered prerequisite.

Master of Divinity Curriculum (Three-Year Plan) Fall Semester Spring Semester
Code No. Courses Units Code No. Courses Units
First Year First Year
GTT507 Intro. to the Bible 3 GST521 Systematic Theology II. 3
GCH515 Church History I (Early to Reformation) 3 GCH525 Church History II (Modern & American) 3
GST511 Systematic Theology I 3 GNT538 Gospels 3
GLS536 Information Literacy & Technology 2 GBI510 Hermeneutics 3
GBL422 Greek I 3 GBT535 Research and Writing 2
GOT517 Pentateuch 3 GBL423 Greek II. 3
16 17
Second Year Second Year
GPT580 Christian Education 2 GNT558 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
GSF522 Spiritual Formation 2 GLA541 Leadership & Administration 3
GPT525 Intro. to Homiletics 3 GPT535 Preaching Practicum 2
GOT557 Historical Books & Wisdom Literature 3 GPE525 Equipping Believers in Spirit Formation 2
GBL430 Biblical Hebrew 3 GPE515 Healing Ministries 2
GST531 Systematic Theology III 3 GPT505 Cell & Church Planting 3
GPT500 Ministry Formation 1 GPT500 Ministry Formation 1
Third Year Third Year
GTM544 Introduction to Missions 3 GOT548 Minor Prophets 3
GOT547 Major Prophets 3 GGS510 Integrative Exit Seminar 2
GNT595 General Epistles, Revelation 3 GST555 Christian Apologetics 3
GCH545 Korean Church History 2 GPT504 Pastoral Theology & Ministry 3
GPT625 Planning & Leading Worship 2 GCG593 Outreach & Evangelism 2
GST523 Christian Ethics 2 GPT524 Pastoral Counseling 2
GPT500 Ministry Formation 1 GPT500 Ministry Formation 1
Total 105 credits are required to graduate.
Total 95 required credits.
Total 10 credits of open electives are taken during the Summer and Winter Interim in Languages and Specific Electives.
* Prerequisites: Greek, Hebrew, and writing (Information literacy, Research & Writing) requirement are considered prerequisite. Many students will have achieved levels of proficiency in these areas through their B.A. studies.


The Master of Religious Education is a two-year professional degree designed to equip women and men called to vocational ministry in the local church or other ministry settings as Christian Education specialists such as Christian Education director, children's ministry, youth ministry, adult ministry, family ministry, etc. The degree program provides a strong biblical and theological foundation while providing the specialized skills and preparation for educational ministry.

Degree Goals

The Master of Religious Education degree program seeks to:
" Provide a solid biblical foundation for practice of ministry in Christian Education;
" Provide a sound theological foundation for the practice of ministry in Christian Education;
" Provide a sound biblical philosophy of Christian Education for organizing and administering successful programs;
" Provide the essential skills of communication, teaching, and leadership needed to minister in Christian Education; and
" Provide the theories, skills, and practical abilities needed for ministry in Christian Education.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Religious Education degree, students will be able to:
" Effectively communicate a philosophy of Christian Education that is biblically and theologically sound;
" Identify the principles of organization and administration related to the educational ministry of the Church;
" Articulate a personal philosophy of education that includes the role and function of the teacher, learner, curriculum, method, and purpose;
" Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of effective age-sensitive Bible teaching methods that incorporate all learning-styles;
" Summarize the major developments, problems, and issues in each stage of the life cycle and each stage of faith development; and
" Verbalize the major theories of moral development and an understanding of the personal moral decision-making process.

Degree Requirements

This is a 70 semester hour graduate degree program. Most courses are two semester hour credits. The requirements for completing this program are:

Bible & Theology 26 Units
Practical Theology 22 Units
Christian Education 16 Units
Electives 6 Units
Total 70 Units


All courses are offered in the traditional semester system. Courses are offered in a regular rotation.


1. Committed to fellowship with God through a daily quiet time
2. Committed to being Christ-like in character

Information Literacy & Technology (2 credit)

Research & Writing (2 credit)
1. Can find research materials (i.e. in the library, on the internet)
2. Can evaluate the quality of reference materials, articles, books, web sites, etc.
3. Can use proper format to cite references
4. Committed to always reference sources and avoid plagiarism
5. Can outline a paper or essay (can express thoughts logically)
6. Can write a graduate-level research paper

Introduction to Bible (2 credits)
1. Has a thorough knowledge and comprehension of Biblical content

Pentateuch (3 credits)
An introduction and study of the major subjects of the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Major Prophets (3 credits)
A study of the times and messages of the three major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel

Minor Prophets (3 credits)
A study of the times and the messages of the twelve Minor Prophets.

Historical Books & Wisdom Literature (3 credits)
A survey of Israel's history from conquest to exile as portrayed in historical books of Old Testament.

The Gospels (3 credits)
An expository and historical study of the life of Christ as revealed in the first three Gospels. Jesus' life and teachings are analyzed and studied against the backdrop of the contemporary human situation in which He lived.

Acts & Pauline Epistles (3 credits)
The study of the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline Epistles. The course will cover authorship, dates, literary styles, as well as authors' themes and purposes.

General Epistles & Revelation (3 credits)
An expositional study of the Epistle to Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, III, John, and Jude emphasizing preparation for the coming tribulation with faith in Christ. The course also includes the study of the doctrinal and practical teachings of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. An analytical and expository study of Revelation examining the historical symbolical, doctrinal, and prophetic elements related to the doctrine of the church and the last things .

Systematic Theology 1 (3 credits - Bible, God, Man)
1. Understands historical development of major theological propositions
2. Committed to the position that the Bible is inerrant
3. Understands major doctrines:
i. Doctrine of God (Theology Proper)
ii. Doctrine of Man (Anthropology)

Systematic Theology 2 (3 credits - Christ, Sin, Salvation)
1. Understands historical development of major theological propositions
2. Understands major doctrines:
i. Doctrine of Christ (Christology)
ii. Doctrine of Sin (Hamartiology)
iii. Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology)

Systematic Theology 3 (3 credits - The Holy Spirit, Church, Escatology)
1. Understands historical development of major theological propositions
2. Understands major doctrines:
i. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)
ii. Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology)
iii. Doctrine of the End Times (Eschatology)

Greek 1 (3 credits)
1. Knows Greek Alphabet
2. Understands basic Greek Grammar
3. Can use basic Biblical language tools (e.g. lexicon, word studies, concordance)

Greek 2 (3 credits)
1. Understands basic Greek Grammar
2. Can use basic Biblical language tools (e.g. lexicon, word studies, concordance)

Hebrew 1 (3 credits)
1. Knows Hebrew Alphabet
2. Understands basic Hebrew Grammar
3. Can use basic Biblical language tools (e.g. lexicon, word studies, concordance)

Hermeneutics (3 credits)
1. Committed to accurate interpretation of scripture (and to doing sound exegesis before one teaches)
2. Can recognize isegetical teaching (i.e. inaccurate interpretations based on one's own opinion)
3. Can use theological tools (e.g. commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible encyclopedias, concordances, topical Bibles, software,) to learn the background of biblical teachings
4. Can use historical/contextual information to accurately interpret books of the Bible
5. Understands the various forms of literature in the Bible and how they should be interpreted

Homiletics (3 credits)
1. Can make a sermon outline with appropriate introduction, exegetical material, illustrations, applications, and conclusion
2. Can preach on Christ-centeredness and lordship (note: assign as topic for an assigned sermon)

Preaching Practicum (2 credits)
Recognizing the importance of the preaching, the second practicum allows the student further experience at the craft with personal and group assessment.

Christian Education (2 credits)
1. Knows a variety of effective teaching methods
2. Can design lessons that encourage listeners to participate
3. Can find good teaching materials (e.g. curriculum, booklets)
4. Committed to prepare well (e.g. writes class plan, practices presentation, prepares clear and understandable and interesting material)
5. Committed to continually study how to teach more effectively

Missiology (3 credits)
1. A heart for all peoples
2. Basic knowledge of the theology of missions
3. Basic knowledge of the history of missions
4. Basic knowledge of cultural anthropology (including bonding with nationals, avoidance of paternalism, the needs for indigenous expressions of Christianity, cross-cultural communication)
5. Basic knowledge of mission strategy (e.g. church planting, church growth, unreached peoples, receptivity to the Gospel)
6. Can provide basic mission education to congregation
7. Can plan and help lead a mission trip
8. Committed to the idea that everyone has a role/responsibility in the Great Commission
9. Committed to keeping a close and harmonious relationship between missionaries on the field and the supporting church

Evangelism & Outreach (2 credits)
1. Knows a variety evangelistic presentations
2. Able to initiate conversations with non-believers about spiritual things
3. Understands how to conduct friendship evangelism
4. Knows a variety of types of outreach programs (e.g. new parent classes with short Bible study, crusade evangelism, visitation program, ESL or literacy ministry)

Christian Apologetics (2 credits)
1. Knows common arguments against the validity of Christianity
2. Can defend the faith before various challenges (e.g. postmodernism, the occult, theological liberalism)
3. Can answer theological challenges of universalism and religious pluralism
4. Can find appropriate theological responses to new issues
5. Understands the difference between the unchanging Word of God and the changing views of our theological systems

Cells & Church Planting (3 credits)
1. Knows techniques of making disciples (including the G-12 and cell-church movement)
2. Knows training areas that are appropriate to discipleship (e.g. consistent devotions, prayer, Bible study, committed relationships with fellow disciples, serving God, witnessing, full-dedication, production of Christ-like character, stewardship and giving, commitment for disciples to become disciplers, íŽ)
3. Committed to love and spend time with one's own disciples
4. Makes disciples who in turn disciple others
5. Can lead cell meetings
6. Can manage a G-12 ministry
7. Committed to keeping all church members in a small group and multiplying cells
8. Can follow up new believers until they are established in the faith
9. Understands the difference between a church's growth and the growth of the Kingdom of God (and more committed to the Kingdom's growth than the growth of one's own church)
10. Understands the relation between church growth and the spiritual growth of the church members

Pastoral Theology (2 credits)
1. Desires to meet the physical, social, emotional, practical, and spiritual needs of people one ministers to (i.e. not merely preaching with words)
2. Has materials and skills for leading appropriate ceremonies (e.g. funerals, weddings, premarital counseling, baptisms, Lord's supper)
3. Committed to strengthening families in the church
4. Can organize events to promote family life (e.g. marriage conference, youth meetings, parenting classes)
5. Knows how to adjust to American culture
6. Can attract new members by helping new immigrants with many details of adjusting to America

Pastoral Counseling (2 credits)
1. Knows how to maintain healthy marriage and family life
2. Has knowledge about the impact of divorce on spouses and children
3. Has and can use resources for marital and pre-marital counseling
4. Can articulate the temptations typical to adolescents, the unmet needs that make them vulnerable, and how they should address such issues
5. Can use Biblical principles to guide people through grief, guilt, loneliness, or toward more wholesome behavior
6. Can engage in spiritual warfare for individuals
7. Can facilitate inner healing

Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
1. Can communicate a vision that recruits the efforts of followers
2. Delegates responsibility with appropriate authority
3. Manages time and responsibility
4. Understands how servant leadership was demonstrated by Jesus
5. Prays that ministry will be more than the work of one's own flesh
6. Knows the roles and responsibilities of elders (changno, kwonsa), deacons (jipsa), lay teachers (kyosa, kansa), cell leaders (gooyeukjang), and other volunteers
7. Can articulate biblical teaching on the role of ministers being to equip laymen for their own ministries (e.g. 4:11-13)

Planning and Leading Worship (2 credits)
1. Can Plan Worship For Special Occasions (E.G. Easter, Christmas, Funerals)
2. Can inspire and lead others into a more passionate pursuit of God
3. Values the use of the visual and dramatic arts in communicating spiritual truth
4. Can use creative means (e.g. puppets, flannel boards, music, dance, pantomime, dramatic monologue, photographic exhibit with captions, storytelling) to demonstrate Biblical concepts
5. Can support sermons with technology and creative arts (e.g., drama, testimonies, video clips, describing a book, pictures, MS PowerPoint, OHP, singing, object lessons)

Personal Spiritual Formation (2 credits)
1. Is sensitive to guidance from God
2. Committed to a regular life of prayer
3. Knows a variety of types of prayer
4. Familiar with the results of fasting prayer
5. Knows Biblical teachings on prayer
6. Committed to fellowship with God through a daily quiet time
7. Committed to a lifelong habit of seeking spiritual development by reading Christian literature, devotional books, biographies, etc.
8. Values obedience to God so that one might know Him more
9. Willing to die to oneself

Equipping Believers in Spiritual Formation (2 credits)
1. Familiar with programs designed for experiencing the anointing of the Holy Spirit (e.g. Encounter Program, Friday worship service)
2. Can lead special spiritual formation activities (e.g. marathon bible reading, prayer mountain meeting, prayer chain)
3. Can lead meaningful prayer meetings and ministries
4. Can teach on spiritual formation
5. Committed to using our gifts, abilities, and resources to cause others to flourish
6. Has and can use materials for helping others discover their own gifts
7. Can lead others in developing their own gifts
8. Knows how to utilize gifts of the Holy Spirit in the church
9. Can evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in order to understand one's own calling

Christian Ethics (2 credits)
1. Committed to personal holiness
2. Committed to applying Bible knowledge to one's life and ministry
3. Committed to live consistently with what one preaches
4. Committed to build God's kingdom instead of one's own kingdom or reputation
5. Understands modern ethical and bioethical issues (e.g. divorce, abortion, decisions for the elderly [e.g. durable power of attorney, when to turn off lifesaving equipment], cloning, etc.)

Church History I: Early - Reformation (3 credits)
1. Know the major periods of Church history

Church History II: Modern Church History and American Church History (3 credits)
1. Know the major periods of Church history
2. Understands Reformed Theology (e.g. TULIP, Westminster Confession, 12 Confessions of the Presbyterian Church)
3. Knows Presbyterian History (e.g. Calvin, Knox, Presbyterianism in USA, Presbyterianism in Korea)
4. Understands and is committed to an Evangelical theological position

Korean Church History (2 credits)
1. Understands the Nevius method and its importance in evangelizing Korea
2. Knows major events of Korean Church history
3. Knows about the three major revivals of the Korean Church (starting in Pyong Yang in 1907)
4. Know the major figures of Korean Church history
5. Knows history of Korean international missions and current state of Korean mission work
6. Understands the important place that the Korean Church has in world evangelization

Ministry Formation (1 credit per semester for 3 semesters)
1. Can collaborate with others to reach team goals (i.e. committed to respectfully use the skills and knowledge of others in a group)
2. Can organize and lead a team project

Integrative Exit Seminar (2 credits)

Other Special Electives (12 credits)
GBL423 Greek II. (3 Credit)
GTM144 Mission Possible (1 Credit)
GPT141 Total Leadership (1 Credit)
GBS 490 Bible Survey (2 credits)
GRV145 Vision for Revival (1 Credit)
GCL150 Leadership & Ministry (1 credit)
GGE580 Research Writing with MS Word I (1 credit)
GGE581 Research Writing with MS Word II (1 credit)
GGE582 Research Writing with MS Word III (2 credit)
GSF523 Christian Spirituality (2 credit)
GPE515 Healing Ministries (2 crd)
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